Movie Review: Killer High (2018)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2018 horror/comedy starring Kacey Rohl and Humberly Gonzalez.

Synopsis: Unable to let go of the past, Sabrina has been looking forward to planning her 10-year class reunion since she graduated. When her preferred venue goes out of business the day before, she settles for holding it at the soon-to-be-demolished high school. Things go off without a hitch, with one exception, the giant monster warthog that is killing her classmates.

Review

I picked out this movie, almost completely at random, after my wife got back from kickboxing last night. I didn't really expect much from it, but it turned out to be a fairly decent film.

I think the best way to describe this movie is imagine the film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion as a horror movie. This film had pretty much the same elements as that movie, including a woman who wanted to re-live her high school glory because her life after school was a flop, only it threw in a half human/half cursed mascot costume warthog monster too.

Overall, I just have to say this was a fun movie to watch. The warthog monster was fairly menacing and stood out in its scenes but, at the same time, Sabrina's (Rohl) reaction to the creature ruining "her night" while still trying to one-up her former high school rival (Gonzalez) was equally as entertaining. Having a decent supporting cast of characters also helped keep the movie entertaining throughout.

One thing that surprised me about this film was the way it actually managed to get me to care about some of the secondary characters. Usually, movies like this kind of gloss over the details and get right to the blood and gore. However, at least with some of the characters, I did find myself a little saddened when they were killed because the movie took that extra step (without getting bogged down with too much detail).

I also appreciated how the film kept the blood and gore to a reasonable amount. There was enough to get the point across without it being over the top to the point it was more disgusting than funny. Basically, this movie did a lot of things right most other films in this genre get horribly wrong. That, combined with a somewhat unique plot, made it worth watching.

Final Opinion

It's probably not for everyone, but I thought this movie was entertaining and funny. It definitely exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it as a result.

My Grade: B+

Updated: 01/12/2021, StevenHelmer
 
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DerdriuMarriner on 01/13/2021

StevenHelmer, Thank you for the practical information and the product line.
It's always interesting to learn about the selection factors that go into your reviews. I respect your and your wife's analyses so this film, whose existence I didn't know prior to you all's review, is on my purchase list. (In particular, I'll keep it in mind as a worthwhile cool-down film to watch after an exercise session -- not as rigorous as kickboxing, but still exercise.)

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