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Famous school locker moments from the movies

While steel lockers have become more commonplace in UK schools over recent years, for most of us growing up, our main associations with school lockers were the ones we saw in our favourite American films and TV shows.

There was something romantic about the idea of having your own school locker for many British teens. In the movies and TV programmes we watched, they represented a space where secrets were kept, outside of which you would gossip with friends, get asked out by your crush or hide from a monster.

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite locker and locker room scenes from some classic teen films to show you just how much influence they had on our formative years.

WARNING: Here be spoilers.

Clueless (1995)

“It’s my hips, isn’t it?” cries Brittany Murphy’s Tai after finding out her crush, Elton (Jeremy Sisto) was really after best friend Cher (Alicia Silverstone). This takes place in the girls’ locker room after a fairly lacklustre PE lesson and sees Cher and Dionne (Stacey Dash) race to Tai’s defence. The scene ends with Cher’s insistence that the girls “blow off seventh and eighth, go to the mall, have a calorie fest, and see the new Christian Slater.” It’s a pivotal moment in the film that solidifies the trio’s friendship and leads on to further adventures.

The Faculty (1998)

The Faculty was part of the late-1990s horror resurgence post-Scream and features an impressive cast of stars-to-be. The locker room scene here is a pivotal one, placed right at the climax of the film, as Elijah Wood’s Casey and Josh Hartnett’s Zeke realise that new classmate Marybeth (Laura Harris) is actually a parasitic alien and has “possessed” their one surviving friend, Stokely (Clea DuVall). As they dodge attack after attack, they hide behind the lockers and use them as shields until they find a way to destroy the alien menace.

Carrie (1976)

Horror classic, Carrie, based on Stephen King’s debut novel has perhaps one of the most iconic locker room scenes of all time. Placed right at the start of the movie, it sees shy, unpopular Carrie White viciously bullied by the other girls until she becomes hysterical. When her gym teacher slaps her across the face to snap her out of it, a lightbulb smashes and so begins Carrie’s exploration of her telekinetic powers, which ultimately end in tragedy on prom night.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Possibly one of the best high school movies ever made, The Breakfast Club is a John Hughes classic. The lockers feature prominently as the kids run from their hated teacher, Mr Vernon, as they attempt to fool him that they’ve been in detention the whole time. However, they never feature more prominently than when John (Judd Nelson) breaks into his own locker to retrieve his stash of drugs, eventually leading to Emilio Estevez’s infamous dance around the library.

So, what are your favourite memorable locker scenes from film and TV? Of course, if you’d like to talk to us about real life lockers, please do contact us.

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