Ah, high school. A time for first loves, peer pressures, the anxiety of fitting in, and… battling supernatural creatures? Amid the algebra exams and gym classes, sometimes schools become grounds for something far more sinister than cafeteria food.
As summer winds down and we find ourselves on the brink of another school year, we’re diving into some scholarly scares. Here are ten high school horror movies that will make those ‘most likely to…’ superlatives and locker combinations seem like a breeze.
Prom Queen or…Scream Queen? Stephen King’s magnum opus of teenage angst turned telekinetic terror. Carrie is a powerful, tragic story highlighting the catastrophic consequences of bullying, proving that some school dances can be truly…explosive.
Extraterrestrial Educators When students suspect their teachers might be aliens in disguise, school attendance takes on a whole new urgency. With a stellar cast and an air of ’90s nostalgia, The Faculty combines the best of sci-fi and horror in a school setting.
When Popularity Bites…Literally. Diablo Cody’s snappy script meets teenage demonic possession in this dark comedy. Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried’s performances shine in a tale of friendship, betrayal, and an insatiable hunger for, well, human flesh.
Pop Quiz: Evade a Killer. Wes Craven’s meta-horror gem finds Sidney Prescott and her pals grappling with a killer who’s clearly studied his horror tropes. Navigating high school is tough, but doing so while evading Ghostface? That’s killer.
High Kicks, Higher Stakes. Before she was a TV legend, Buffy Summers was a cheerleading, vampire-slaying force to be reckoned with. This campy precursor to the beloved series packs in laughs, action, and a keen reminder: always stake your date if he’s got fangs.