Also known as FARHEIGHT HIGH: THE SCI-FI HIGH MOVIE MUSICAL, I picked up SCI-FI HIGH THE MOVIE MUSICAL because I thought it might be a sci-fi parody of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. There have been lots of knock-offs of that popular Disney Channel movie, most of them horrible. However, I thought a sci-fi version would be hilarious. As I started watching the movie, I discovered that this movie is not a parody of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. It is instead, a creature entirely of its own.
In terms of story, it's the 1950s and at Farheight High School, the annual Sadie Hawkins Dance is approaching and half the girls in the school haven't asked the guy of their choice for a date. The class clown and trouble maker, Eddie Cassavette is determined to get the school's prettiest girl to ask him to the big dance. Meanwhile, Cara Ann is thinking of asking Billy Dever, a dreamboat with a voice of gold and self-confidence problems. In school, Billy has a secret interest in science that his science teacher, Professor Vadin, wants to cultivate. On the night of dance, the school is overrun by blood-sucking aliens bent on killing everyone insight and its left up to Billy and his cohorts to try to outsmart them and save the day.
SCI-FI HIGH: THE MOVIE MUSICAL is an extremely low budget movie. For me, that's not such a big deal. I've seen many low budget movies that are much better than most of the big-budget pictures that Hollywood churns out. I applaud anyone who actually makes a movie and is able to get it distributed. It's a major undertaking that most individuals have no idea how difficult it is. However, some people are going to have an issue with the budget because it does affect the sets (Ed Wood seemed to have some better sets than some of the scenes here) and the way the film actually looks.
Chances are that if you make it all the way through this movie, you won't even think about the low budget because there's so much that goes wrong. The movie starts off rather strong with an all-girl musical number that begins in the girl's bathroom. Not long after that, there's a decent musical number with the guys as they are driving back home after hanging out in the country that includes a dreamlike sequence with them flying in their car. However, after that musical number, the movie takes a turn for the worse. The rest of the musical numbers are so jumbled by the terrible juxtaposition of the soundtrack to the film that you can't hear, let alone understand, what the person is singing about. About three-fourths of the way through the movie, Billy Dever sings a great musical ballad, but the instrumentals that accompany the number eradicate almost any semblance the number has to music.
Then there's the dialogue; as the movie progresses it gets worse. It seemed to me that maybe the first fourth of the screenplay was scripted, but the last three-fourths were mostly ad-libbed (and ad-libbed terribly). The special effects, particularly in the last part of the movie, are awful. For instance, most of the time the man-eating aliens appear no bigger than a slug, yet they are capable of ripping men in half (think of the movie SLITHER, but the aliens are only seen as shadows "rippling" along a piece of plastic film). Of course, there are other times that the aliens apparently have tentacles longer than an octopus on steroids. Then there's the whole alien who looks like a person. Other than a few moments here or there, the acting is pretty bad, but I'm willing to give the actors a break because the script is so bad they just didn't have anything to work with.
Lastly, there's the story. There are several characters that have no purpose in the movie. For instance, there's a sadistic principal who beats the boys in the face with a rod during detention. Other than providing a way for Billy to have an opportunity to work with Professor Vadin on his special after-school project, there's no reason for the character of the Principal to exist: he doesn't provide any comic relief and he seems completely unnecessary. Of course, at the end of the film the justification for his existence is attempted to be explained, but like most of the movie, it makes no sense.
I'm not sure if the filmmakers were trying to go with the original ending to LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS-vibe or what. However, the ending just doesn't fit. When you have a movie as bad as this one is, it can't end the way it does.
In short, unless you like wasting two-hours of your life and enjoy watching really, really, really bad movies, I wouldn't even visit SCI-FI HIGH.
The only extras on this DVD are a trailer for the movie and two trailers for a couple of other low-budget films.
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