Ah high school. One could say everything involving it is cursed. While that may be true, some are more cursed than others, and some curses can be deadly. Allow me to be your guide through some of the best (and deadliest) high school movie curses. Expect some twists and turns, and one movie in particular that might have you going “that’s not a curse!“, but dear reader I will very much argue that it is.
Without further interruption: The Top 10 Deadly High School Curses
10. Uzumaki (2000)
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.
I was almost hesitant to put this one on the list because I’m a huge fan of the Junji Ito masterpiece it’s based on, and as an adaptation, it falls flat on is face. As far as being a standalone movie though, well, it still falls flat on its face. However, this curse is just too good to not put on here. While the entire town is cursed by the cosmic evil of the spiral, the high school takes a pretty big hit. The insanity of the very premise of this movie allows for some really striking and strange visuals. From evil sentient hair taking over the head of a high school girl to high school boys turning into literal snail people crawling on the outside of the school, there’s no shortage of weirdness to be found here.
9. Battle Royale (2000)
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.
This is the one that I said would have readers going “that’s not a curse!“, and while it isn’t one in the traditional sense, it still is. The Battle Royale game is what one might call a government imposed curse. The game is simple: kill all your friends and be the only one left standing. Every year, one high school class has to battle to the death for no other reason than that the government really just hates kids and wants to watch them suffer. It isn’t broadcast to the world, it is solely for the enjoyment of the ones running the game. If having to murder all your friends to entertain the very people making you do it isn’t a curse, I don’t know what is.
8. Donnie Darko (2001)
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Cursed might not be the first word that comes to your mind when you think of Richard Kelly’s mind-bending masterpiece Donnie Darko, but once again, hear me out. Donnie is a character suffering from severe mental illness, and like a lot of people in the same situation, he feels cursed by it. However, that’s not the curse I’m here to talk about. No, the curse I’m here to talk about is the cruel mistress known as fate. Donnie became aware of his destiny, and rather than running from it, decided to face it head-on. His laughter before the sky fell on him was not out of fear, but joy, because he finally has the chance to have all his questions answered. He found a way to take his curse, and turn it into a blessing. Then again, I’ve watched the movie like six times and still don’t know what the hell is going on, so take this one with a pound of salt.
7. Final Destination (2000)
After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.
If there’s one thing to take away from the Final Destination series it’s that when it’s your time to go, just go. That’s the hard lesson these unfortunate teens have to learn after dodging their timely demise. After Devon Sawa gets a vision that his high school trip is about to prematurely end in a violent explosion, he and his friends cheat death and escape the burning inferno. Death however is not a fan of being cheated, and proceeds to kill everyone one by one in wonderfully violent ways. Death is curse placed on all of us, it is inevitable, but when it comes to these movies, it just can’t wait.
6. Suicide Club (2001)
A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.
A simple description for a not so simple movie. I can’t even begin to try and explain just how truly bizarre this movie is or really what is even happening in it. What I can say, though, is it’s got one hell of a curse. What’s that curse you ask? Well I’ll tell you! It’s the internet… kind of. That’s only part of the story. Let me just get right to why this movie is on here. Within the first five minutes or so (probably less) a group of 54 high school girls jump in front of a moving train on the subway kicking off a string of mass suicides to follow. Something made them do it, something that quickly spreads throughout Tokyo claiming the lives of God knows how many people. This is a curse that in it’s very nature is shrouded in mystery, with it’s origin’s never fully coming to light. We get only a glimpse of what is actually going on (unless you watch the prequel Noriko’s Dinner Table (2006), but that just might confuse you more), but a small glimpse is enough to know that this is one curse there is no escape from.
5. Christine (1983)
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.
This car man, this car. Christine was “born” bad, “died” bad, and along the way ruined life after life. Poor Arnie already had enough problems as it was. Brutal bullying and overprotective parents made this unfortunate kids life miserable. Then he met the love of his life in the form of a 1958 Plymouth Fury and everything changed, for the worse that is. The car took all the insecurities and pain in his heart and made them grow and grow until he was no longer himself and was just as bad as the kids who made his life a living hell. Not only that, but Christine is the jealous type, and was willing to kill anyone who got between her and her latest victim. The whole movie is the perfect example of looking for love in all the wrong places.
Madrid, 1991. A teen girl finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she played Ouija with two classmates.
Why anyone thinks it’s a good idea to play with a Ouija board is beyond me. Nothing good ever comes out of it, just ask Veronica who found out that some games aren’t meant to be played. What this movie really nails is just this overwhelming feeling of dread. It’s based on a true story, so if you’re familiar with that you’ll see the ending coming. Even if you don’t know though, the way the movie crafts its atmosphere and tone almost telegraphs what’s going to happen. Which hurts, because Veronica tries so hard to save herself, but some fates are just unavoidable. Veronica is also terrifying with a capital T. When you’re a die hard horror fan, it’s hard to find movies that really get under your skin, but this one not only did that, but it stayed there.
3. Halloween (1978)/(2018)
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
I had to lump these two together because you can’t really talk about one without talking about the other when it comes to the curse that plagues Haddonfield. This is a town whose history is written in blood and will be known for one thing and one thing only, Michael Freaking Myers. In 1978 five high school kids were murdered, then forty years later, a whole bunch of other people were murdered, high schoolers included. Haddonfield is a cursed place, one where the physical embodiment of evil has made his home, and not even death itself can keep him out.
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.
If you are a teenager living on this titular street, you’re going to die horribly, you just are. Sorry, I don’t make the rules, Freddy does, and all he wants is to do is make a bunch of innocent kids pay for the sins of their parents. He haunts their dreams, embodies their worst fears, and then violently butchers them. These kids are cursed, all because their parents decided to (justly) take the law into their own hands. Now they all have to pay with their blood for a crime they didn’t even commit. They don’t know when the nightmare began, but Freddy makes it very obvious when it’s going to end.
After a chain of deaths at a junior high school, new transfer student Koichi Sakakibara turns to a mysterious girl who holds the key to the dark mystery.
There are plenty of better movies on this list, but none of them, not a single one, has a better curse than Another. This curse is just fantastically devious. So basically, to break it down, every year in class 3-3 the students pick one unlucky someone to completely ignore the entire year. If they aren’t successful in this, then the curse starts, and everyone, including the teachers, will die. Not just die, but die violently. I mean some of the death’s here are just insane, like a girl falling down the stairs and getting impaled in the neck by her own umbrella for instance. Unfortunately for the new class, a transfer student comes in and before he can get the memo, talks to the one person he shouldn’t. After that, all bets are off, and all Hell breaks loose. Also, if you haven’t checked out the anime, I highly recommend it. While this version might skimp out of the gore a bit, the anime shows it all.