For many young horror fans out there it’s the scariest time of the year.
It’s back to school!
To ease the pain we thought we’d give you a list of some of the best school-themed horror flicks we could think of. You’ll find plenty of “cheese” on the list, too–the perfect way to unwind after a day of playing by the rules and broadening your intellectual self.
So close that math book for a bit and check out our 5 back to school horror recommendations.
1. Prom Night (1980)
“The killers are coming!”
Prom might seem ages away right now, but it’s never too early for this 1981 classic slasher. Watch scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, The Fog) and Naked Gun star Leslie Nielson (Creepshow) try to survive prom night as a masked killer stalks four teenagers who accidentally killed a classmate 6 years earlier.
2. Scream (1996)
If you’re hosting a “Back 2 School” party, this would be my pick for the party flick. Legendary director Wes Craven turned the horror genre on its head by exposing the very tropes he helped create and using them to build an entirely new franchise. What better way to kick off the school year than by watching a flick that will have you mistrusting all of your classmates?
3. Night of the Creeps (1986)
Tom Fucking Atkins
Watch the genre legend do battle with alien, brain-eating parasites that turn their victims into zombie fraternity and sorority brothers and sisters. This is pure 80s cheese, and it’s the perfect cure for the back to school blues.
4. The House on Sorority Row (1983)
Another entry for those of you who have decided to continue your post-high school education. After a prank goes wrong, sorority sisters are murdered one by one during a graduation party. Just one more reason not to go Greek!
5. Final Exam (1981)
We know it’s crazy to think of final exams during the first week of school, but after being forced to use your brain again after the summer break, at least you won’t have to use it while watching the films on this list. Final Exam is another entry for the college crowd, and while the chase/kill/repeat formula is nothing new, you do get some pretty sweet death scenes in this one.
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