starring: Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie and E. Danny Murphy
Okay, let me get something off my chest first: I never like Troma movies. At least, not a lot. Yes, they are supposed to be bad-taste funny and I am quite aware that these low-budget shlocks surprisingly made at least a trillion fans out there, but I'm not one of them.
For me, I find the humor too crude and way too pushy to be funny and the story they come up with felt too "cartoonish" and boring for my liking, but once in a blue moon, they do release something that actually cater to my level of cheesy bloodshed like Mother's Day (1980), Blood Hook (1986) and the obscure Dead Dudes in the House (1991), films I sincerely enjoyed despite the weirdness. So when I gave Graduation Day a chance to further redeem Troma's name in my eyes, I cleared my mind and said to myself "Okay, so they normally do sleazy, outrageous, comedy-horror with tons of gore, lots of boobs, lot of fat guys going shirtless and use some of the same props and clips over and over again, but this one's made in the 80s and its trailer looks decent enough to be likable. If its not, try thinking of it as a horror-comedy and you'll probably do just fine!"
I would like to strangle myself back then.
|Don't die on me! Don't die- oops, she's dead.|
Okay, let's dump her body...
One word came to my mind while watching this movie and that is "cheesy". Maybe a little too much. Heck, the opening theme is already a warning sign for all of the mozzarella that would pile up in the whole movie, a montage of sporting events where our would-be dead team members participate in various games like shuttlecock, races and gymnastics while a disco tune sings that "everybody wants to be a winner."
|"what's long, hard and stingy?"|
|Believe me, I timed this movie, too. Waiting for the end...|
1 female stressed to a heart seizure
1 female slashed with a razor
1 female gets her neck punctured with rapier
1 male impaled by spiked football
1 male head found
1 female decapitated with rapier offscreen (...How?)
1 male lands into a bed filled with pikes, impaled
1 male shot
1 male pushed to spikes, bled to death