Zombie High

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Zombie High
Zombie High.jpg
Directed by Ron Link
Produced by Cassian Elwes (executive producer)
Aziz Ghazal (producer)
Elliott Kastner (producer)
Sebastian Serrell-Watts (associate producer)
Marc Toberoff (producer)
Written by Tim Doyle
Aziz Ghazal
Elizabeth Passerelli
Starring Virginia Madsen
Music by Daniel May
Cinematography Brian Coyne
David Lux
Edited by Shawn Hardin
James Whitney
Distributed by Palisades Entertainment Group
Release dates October 2, 1987
Running time 93 min
Country United States
Language English

Zombie High (also known as The School That Ate My Brain) is a 1987 film directed by Ron Link.[1] The film was released theatrically on October 2, 1987 and stars Virginia Madsen as a beautiful young teenager that must fight against a boarding school that's intent on turning everyone into a Stepford-esque "perfect" student.[2]


Andrea (Virginia Madsen) is a teenage girl that has won a scholarship to Ettinger, a formerly all-male boarding school. She leaves behind her boyfriend Barry (James Wilder) in the hopes of scholastic achievement, but soon discovers that things are not as they seem at Ettinger. Andrea finds that her friends are slowly changing from regular teenagers into personality-less drones. Some investigation shows that the school's faculty has been harvesting life-sustaining chemicals from the student body, which results in them becoming seemingly perfect students that are only focused on doing well in school and obeying rules. Andrea is spared from this fate by one of her professors, Philo (Richard Cox), who takes pity on her due to her resemblance to a former lover. Along with her boyfriend, Andrea discovers that the staff uses classical music as a way of stabilizing the students. Philo gives her a tape to play over the loudspeaker system that he claims will stop the faculty and students from capturing her and turning her into a zombie, only for her to lose it while she is chased by the school's students. With nothing to lose, Barry plays a tape of rock music in its place, which accomplishes the desired task of stopping the students and saving their lives.



Critical reception for Zombie High was predominantly negative.[3] The Chicago Tribune panned the film in a 1988 review, expressing surprise that Madsen would star in Zombie High, as they viewed it as a step down from her previous acting work.[4]


  1. ^ Kay, Glenn (2012). Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide. Chicago Review Press. p. 156. ISBN 1613744226. 
  2. ^ "AITH Podcast: Reviews of Zombie High, VHS 2, Under the Dome, and Stoker!". JoBlo. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "‘Ghouls on Film’ Goes Back to ‘Zombie High’". Brutal as Hell. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Teets, John (February 25, 1988). ""Zombie High" (review)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 

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