Celluloid Diaries: MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH

Monday, October 12, 2020

MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH

 

Massacre at Central High

I'll be introducing a double screening of Massacre at Central High (René Daalder, 1976) at the Cinematek in Brussels on October 30, 2020 (7 pm and 9 pm).

Massacre at Central High is an icy foreshadowing of the Columbine shooting and other massacres committed by students in American schools. Director René Daalder plays with the conventions of the 1970s teen film and revenge thriller and portrays a high school where a young man stands up for the victims of a gang of thugs terrorizing the campus. The bad guys target him as well, but he won't let himself be pushed around. His response is brutal. Is he only dealing with injustice? Or is he a serial killer?


 

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