Many great and inventive horror films were birthed in the 1980's. Return to Horror High is not one of them! It's a dismal affair that is not nearly as funny nor scary as it thinks it is. Let's start with the director, Bill Froehlich who only has three director credits to his name...there's a reason for this. He is also credited as the producer of Children of the Corn 2 which is a terrible film in its own right. Bless his heart, as we say in the south. This movie is a mess with stiff performances from his actors and a plot that is a bit hard to follow at times, especially toward the end of the film.
Second, RTHH looks and feels like a cheap imitation of classic serial killer movies from the late 70's and early 80's. It makes the audience long for Freddy, Jason or Michael to show up and add some life, or shall we say death, to this barely simmering film. Thankfully, Chucky would come along in 1988 [Child's Play] to remind us that the genre was not dead yet.
What more needs to be said? Even veteran actors George Clooney [Yes, I said George Clooney] and Maureen McCormick [Marsha, Marhsa, Marsha] couldn't save this sad little film. I wouldn't watch this one again even if it was the last video left on the shelf at Blockbuster.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.