Directed by René Daalder • 1976 • United States
Starring Derrel Maury, Andrew Stevens, Robert Carradine
This powerful blend of social commentary and exploitation is one of the premiere genre films of the 1970s and a provocative allegory about fascism and power structures in a high school world where adults are absent. When new student David (Derrel Maury) arrives at Central High, he discovers that it is lorded over by a gang of bullies who rule the school through intimidation and violence. David’s friend Mark (Andrew Stevens) encourages him to join this dominant clique, but instead David stands up for their victims, and the gang cripples him in retaliation. Soon David begins taking steps to end their reign of terror permanently, setting in motion an explosive cycle of killing that may not end until no one is left to graduate.