Thursday Movie Picks Halloween Edition: School

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It’s finally October and you all know what this means! It’s almost Halloween and I couldn’t be more excited. To match the vibe this month’s TMP posts will be horror themed as well, kicking things off with some horror flicks featuring schools.

#1 The Faculty

This was the very first thing that came to my mind when I read the theme. I’ve only ever seen The Faculty once but for some reason it really burned itself into my brain. Also, so many famous faces in this one!

#2 Final Destination

Okay, so this is a bit of a cheat. Final Destination is technically not set in a school. But – hear me out – it’s about a class on their way to France when one of the kids has a premonition that the school trip would go horribly wrong. This was another one that immediately popped into my head, so I’m including it. πŸ˜‰

#3 Happy Death Day

This is another film I discovered only recently! Set on a campus, Happy Death Day is about a young woman trapped in a loop, reliving the day she dies. I ended up liking this a lot more than I had expected!

What’s your favorite horror movie featuring schools? Let me know in the comments!

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14 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks Halloween Edition: School

  1. The Faculty was okay, not great not wretched with as you say many well-known faces but I’ll never watch it again. I hated Final Destination and Happy Death Day is one I’ve made sure to avoid.

    I’m not much for horror, though I did come up with one genuine horror flick, so I had to do a bit of a workaround to come up with two others that are horrifying in their own ways.

    Child’s Play (1972)-Paul Reis (Beau Bridges) returns to St. Charles, the exclusive Catholic prep school he graduated from a decade before to teach. Almost immediately he finds himself caught in a dark power struggle between his former mentor, the popular English teacher Joseph Dobbs (Robert Preston) and the detested autocratic literature teacher Jerome Malley (James Mason). What starts as a cold war of barbed insults between the instructors gradually escalates into cruel mind games that pulls the students into a rash of malicious hazing and ritualistic violence.

    Cutting Class (1989)-Freshly sprung from the nuthouse troubled Brian Woods (Donovan Leitch) returns to school where the other kids give him a wide berth. Enamored of fellow student Paula Carson (Jill Schoelen) he attempts to win her away from bad boy Dwight Ingalls (Brad Pitt-looking impossibly young). Their rivalry takes a back seat though when students begin disappearing at an alarming rate with Brian the prime suspect, but is it him? Exploitation junk worth seeing only for baby Brad in one of his first credited roles.

    Toy Soldiers (1991)-Seeking to leverage a judge’s son life for the freedom of his drug kingpin father Colombian terrorist Luis Cali (Andrew Divoff) takes the entire campus of the Regis prep school hostage not knowing the boy has been relocated. Since the school is a haven for rebellious students, often expelled from other schools, the main troublemakers-Billy (Sean Astin), Joey (Wil Wheaton), Snuffy (Keith Coogan), Ricardo (George Perez) and Hank (T.E. Russell) find that they are better equipped to deal with the threat than the mostly ineffectual government agencies sent to rescue them. With resourceful Billy as their leader, the students struggle to defeat the terrorists and save the school!! As preposterous as it sounds but still actiony, a little scary at times and fun in a mindless way.

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  2. Final Destination has a lot to answer for… I’m definitely part of that generation who pictures what could happen were I in the film. Driving behind a truck full of logs for example – any second something could snap and I could be impaled!

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