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School is almost out for summer, and so in honor of the end of the school year and the start of the lazy days of summer (for those lucky enough to not have to work) I wanted to share some of my favorite high school horror movies. High School can be a terrifying place as it is, but throw in aliens, serial killers, and witches, and it becomes an even more dangerous place to be.

So without further ado, some of my favorite high school horror movies:

The Faculty (1998)

The Faculty

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Directed by Robert Rodriguez

This tale of an alien invasion is one of my favorite sci-fi films- kind of a cross between a couple of other favorites (Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing). Imagine seeing all your classmates and teachers being replaced by weird (but identical) versions of themselves…who really want to shove disgusting creatures in your ears. How awful would that be? High school seems like the perfect place from which to start an invasion of the world.

Scream (1996)

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Source: scream.wikia.com

Directed by Wes Craven

Of course I would have to include Scream on this list as I pretty much find a way to include it on all my lists of favorite horror films. We don’t see much of Sidney, Tatum, Randy and the rest of the Scream gang in their high school habitat, but we see enough to know they go to school with some mean girls, and have pretty much the coolest principal to roam the planet… and those high schoolers can throw some awesome parties!

The Craft (1996)

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Source: drafthouse.com

Directed by Andrew Fleming

High school is a tough place to be, especially for the new kid, so when you find a group that accepts you and makes you feel like you belong, you stick with the group, even if they are wannabe witches. Sarah and her friends feel justified when they cast spells that deal with the high school jerk who lies about girls to his friends, and the racist mean girls who take pleasure in causing others mental anguish…. But being a witch isn’t always fun and games when it’s taken too far.

Carrie (1976)

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Source: totalfilm.com

Directed by Brian De Palma

Carrie has an extremely tough life in both her home life, and at school. Living with her crazy religious mother, and pegged as an outcast because she doesn’t fit in with her classmates, she is made fun of on probably a daily basis. Carrie has to deal with the cruelest of all high schoolers who gets joy out of playing cruel jokes on poor Carrie. Her salvation comes in the form of the discovery of her telekinetic ability, but this also proves to be her downfall.

The Loved Ones (2009)

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Directed by Sean Byrne

Prom can be a stressful event in the life of a teenager. If your desired prom date rejects you, it might cause some mental anguish…. Or if you are a bit deranged, and convinced that a certain guy is the prince you’ve been looking for, you might go a little farther than a normal person… Having your dad capture him, and forcing him to be your date at your own private prom.

Prom Night (1990)

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Source: horrordvds.com

Directed by Paul Lynch

Speaking of proms… How could I not include this movie, which has one of my favorite dance scenes known to man… Disco and horror were meant for each other. This slasher classic, while really not a good movie by any measure (except for that amazing dance sequence and great opening scene), is still one of my favorites for nostalgic reasons.  Creepy phone calls, menacing notes, and murder, make prom night an even more stressful night that it normally is.

Halloween H2O (1998)

Directed by Steve Miner

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Source: mooviees.com

Boarding school must be a tough place, especially when your headmaster is Michael Myer’s sister. To be stuck in a secluded high school, far away from home, with a mass murderer out to get you, has to be pretty stressful experience… Far more stressful than having an overprotective mom that won’t let you go on a student camping trip.

Dance of the Dead (2008)

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Source: soundonsight.org

Zombie and prom don’t mix well. You already are worried about impressing your date, trying not to dance too awkwardly, and trying not to act dorky… Isn’t that enough? Zombies just mess everything up… They’re much more into eating brains, than dancing.

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

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Source: film.com

Directed by Karyn Kusama

What do you do when your best friend suddenly turns into a murderous demon? High school friendships can be hard enough without having to worry about whether you should ignore your friend’s sudden cannibalistic tendencies, or whether you should do something about it.

Detention (2011)

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Source: beyondhollywood.com

Directed by Joseph Kahn

This quirky film is not totally horror, but has enough slasher elements to keep to horror crowd happy. Dressed as the villain from a fictional horror film- Cinderhella- someone is murdering students from Grizzly Lake… But who? And why? And what does it have to do with time travel, a stuffed bear, and the destruction of the world? …and of course, there is a prom in this film as well. Prom and horror are just a match made in heaven.

Do you have any high school horror favorites of your own?

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Have you ever been watching a horror movie, and thought to yourself, “I wish I could see some dancing right now”?  Yeah, me too!!

Well, look no further because here is a list of some movies that include not only blood and guts, but also DANCING!!

1. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

My #1 favorite dance scene in any movie has to be Crispin Glover’s totally 80’s dance from the fourth installment of the Friday the 13th series.  Now this dance makes me wish I was in my teens in the 80’s because you could dance any which way you wanted, and it would still be cool.  Well, on second thought, Jimbo’s friends were looking at him like he was a bit crazy while he was dancing, but still, dancing was so much more relaxed then, and since I can’t dance, I think it would have been the perfect decade to have been a teen in.  According to IMDb trivia, this is the way Crispin Glover actually danced at clubs, so that makes this scene even cooler.  In case you wanted to go out and pick up that track after watching, the song is “Love is a Lie”, by Lion.

2. Prom Night (1980)

Has disco ever been so cool??!!  The scene in Prom Night where Jamie Lee Curtis and her boyfriend dance at the prom is amazing, even more amazing is that it was a serious dance, it was not something making fun of disco.  It reminds me of Ross and Monica’s ultra-choreographed dance number from FriendsWatch here! Now, if this dance sequence does not make you want to go out and by some platform boots, and bell bottoms, or maybe get a perm a la Jamie Lee Curtis, nothing will.

3. Night of the Demons (1988)

As I mentioned in my Halloween post, one of the most memorable parts of this movie is Angela’s (Amelia “Mimi” Kinkade) dance sequence.  To me, it resembles a demonic version of a Flashdance dance sequence. Watch here and here, but instead of 80’s pop music, it is 80’s metal.  According to Wikipedia, Amelia Kinkade choreographed the dance herself, and she was a professional jazz dancer and choreographer.  What is she doing now, you ask?  Well, she is a psychic animal communicator, of course!  Now, in case you’re a huge fan of the song, and want to go out and buy a copy immediately and perform your own demonic dance, the song is Stigmata Martyr by Bauhaus.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

So this is a really short dance scene, with some lip-syncing as well, but it definitely deserves a place on this list.  Now, doesn’t this make cleaning look fun?  I know when I have to put away clothes, I put on some glittery sunglasses and dance around my room, doesn’t everyone?  The question is, where can I get those glasses he was wearing, and more importantly, how can he see with those on?

The song he is singing and dancing to is “Touch me (all night long)” by Wish, featuring Fonda Rae.

5. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)

The next dance sequence that needs a place on this list is Violet’s robot dance from the fifth installment of the Friday the 13th series.  Poor Violet, just minding her own business, listening to a song called “His Eyes” by Pseudo Echo, when the killer sneaks into her room and stabs her with a machete.  Couldn’t he have knocked first?  I know if I saw someone doing the robot as awesomely as her, I wouldn’t kill her, I would join in and dance.  I feel like Jason, or in this case- pseudo-Jason, would do a mean robot.  He is already stiff, and emotionless, definite skills when it comes to this type of dance.

That’s all for now, but I’m sure not for long.  Everybody knows that nothing goes together better than death and dance!

~Emily