This is my first time watching Zombie High. I enjoy Virginia Madsen quite a bit, but I must admit that I wasn’t sure if I was in the mood for a “zombie” movie from the late 80’s that didn’t have “Return of the” in the title would interest me. It’s not a zombie movie though so let that put your mind at ease. This is about mad science and conformity in perhaps a way that is closer to Society or other cerebral tale that, in this instance, has been dumped into a classic 80’s movie with some moments of pure retro cool. Scream Factory has a history of finding strange titles that fit our nostalgia keyhole even if a movie wasn’t part of our youth experience. Zombie High is a movie that does just that.
Don’t look for extras on this disc. You’ve got cover art and reverse art, but that’s about it. As I stated before, this is a somewhat lesser known, less popular release. It looks great in HD and clean for the most part with transfer that looks good.
While Zombie High may seem hokey at times, you can skirt that by remembering that 80’s movies are fun, often less serious and, in this instance, has a mad science element that always lends itself to camp. It’s not scary, but it does have a few slight creeps and an overall feeling of dread no matter how slight. Madsen gives a solid performance (do not expect Candy Man level anything from this movie). This is the only film directed by Ron Link, which speaks to the film’s success upon release.
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The incredible story of a hard-working student and the warped way of life that made her go wacky!
Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways) and Richard Cox (Cruising) star in this humorous thriller about the bizarre happenings that occur in a prestigious boarding school. It seems to Andrea Miller (Madsen) that the upperclassmen act like robots. They're the perfect students – dedicated, involved and loyal. Their clothes are perfectly pressed and their hair is perfectly styled. It seems that the teachers have something to do with this ingratiating behavior. And when Andrea, the new kid at school, sees her friends turning into clones, she starts to suspect the worst.
The film features a great supporting cast including Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks, Ray Donovan), Scott Coffey (Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway) and Paul Feig, who would go on to create the TV series Freaks And Geeks and direct such films as Spy, Bridsmaids and the 2016 remake of Ghostbusters.