Ah, this movie, this movie. Do I applaud or do I shake my head disapprovingly? Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom (bolded for impact) is a supremely trashy Japanese exploitation flick from 1973. I think it's loads of fun, but as you will soon see, this depends on your definition of the word "fun". I was actually recommended the film by someone, and that, uh, must say something about me as a person.
This movie is about just what it says on the box: a terrifying girls' high school where lynching is, in some cases, the law. It is more often the case that torture is the law; this is what happens when your power-hungry vice principal forms a sadist squad to enforce discipline at your all-delinquent girls' school. Unfortunately for the hall monitors, the girl they torture in the first scene of the movie has a little too much pep in her. After they suck the blood out of her with a chemistry kit, she still puts up a fight, and the girls end up saying "oh, fuck it" and tossing her off the roof of the school. They receive a pay cut, and the events of the film are set into motion.
Our anti-heroines are three tough chicks who all get arrested at the same time and dragged to the School of Hope for some rehabilitation. While Razor-blade Remi and the Sappho of Osaka are both notables, pictured here is the only really important one. This is Noriko, the Boss with the Cross (bolded for impact) and she's out for revenge. This shot is from my favorite scene in the movie, a completely non sequitur motorcycle jump over a bunch of oil drums. That's just the kind of movie this is.
The girls go about exacting revenge by waging all-out war on the school. The film proceeds as follows. Pay attention because this is complicated:
- Our heroines fuck somebody to further their cause (usually blackmail)
- The disciplinary committee tortures somebody (often the heroines)
- Our heroines and the disciplinary committee get into a fight
And repeat. In between, shady male authority figures pull strings. I almost don't want to tell you all of the crazy shit that happens in this movie because saying "what" is half the fun, but I'll tell you this: lightbulbs are put into places that lightbulbs should not be put, the school is bludgeoned to rubble with sticks, and a man lights a cigarette in the flaming wreckage of his own car. Nonstop depravity! A real class production, thanks to good old Toei.