According to horror movies, including All Cheerleaders Die (out now on home video), high school is a horrible, miserable, no-good experience that no one survives without a good many scars -- if anyone survives at all!
In All Cheerleaders Die, the accidental death of her best friend leads one young woman to take justice into her own hands. Events spiral out of her control, however, when the supernatural enters the picture, and soon the bodies of her friends and enemies are piling up left and right. High school is the natural setting for such a movie; it's a time of surging emotions fighting against increasing maturity. An abundance of stressful, life-altering decisions must be made in a relatively short period of time, so it's no wonder that horror filmmakers keep returning to high school as a place where horrible things keep happening. Here are some more examples.
By making the "final girl" a wholesome virgin, the film inadvertently inspired a raft of imitators that took things to extremes and tied sex to victimhood. Still, the heroine's youthfulness and determination to fight back is what should be most remembered.
Prom Night (1980)
Everyone must take responsibility for their actions, no matter how young, but the punishment for these high school kids far exceeded their crimes.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
No one wanted to believe the outlandish stories told by these high school students, so they had to band together to survive.
Being a smart-aleck high schooler and knowing all the "rules" of horror movies doesn't ensure your survival if the killers don't obey those rules.
Jennifer's Body (2009)
Female empowerment is a good thing for high schoolers to learn, but murdering your classmates is probably taking things too far.
The poor girl's plight was made worse by mean high school bullies who tormented her for things that were out of her control. Is it any wonder that, when pushed too far, she finally struck back?
There are so many more horror movies set in high school. What's your favorite?