Night School (Horror/Slasher) [Movie/Review]

6/10

Year: 1981
Genre: Horror/Slasher
Source: Blu-Ray (Warner Home Video Archive Collection)

They work by day, take a full schedule of classes all night and somehow find time for study and an occasional date. Women in the evening curriculum at Boston’s distinguished Wendell College do a lot to get ahead in life. But there’s someone who will go to even greater lengths. Someone who will do anything to get a head. A killer whose m.o. is the ritualistic decapitation of victims makes terror a required course at Night School, directed by Kenneth Hughes (Casino Royale 1967) and starring Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds; After Dark, My Sweet) in her screen debut. Leonard Mann plays the homicide lieutenant assigned to the puzzling case. He has hunches, not clues. Suspects, not evidence. And a rising body count. Finals are coming early this year at Wendell. And for those who don’t make the grade, heads will roll.

I am a sucker för slasher movies, especially from the 1980’s. So when this one came out on blu-ray from Warner Home Video Archive Collection I had to buy it. I was sure I had seen it before so it came as a surprise that I hadn’t. Even better, a ”new” slasher for me!

The blu-ray is pretty bare bones, only the movie and the trailer. I don’t think there have been any restoration made either. The picture is pretty grainy, especially in the beginning. The picture is in 1.78:1 and audio in DTS-HD master 2.0 mono.

The movie starts with the knife wielding killer in a MC helmet spinning a girl fast in a merry go round, and every time she passes the killer, he tries to cut her. Why she doesn’t jump off is a mystery.

The next girl gets stocked when walking home by obvious not the killer, since we see his face. Apart from that, the movie makes a pretty good effort to throw us off track of the identity of the killer.

Following this we probably have the least erotic shower scene ever filmed. I have no idea what they are doing, but it’s cheesy fun! 😂

After one of the kills we see the restaurant owner arriving in the morning,and holy crap here we have some bad acting, a few noct down chairs and he goes on a rant, ”why me” and ”how can they do this” … again, cheesy fun! 😂

We also have a useless detective who apparently wants the witnesses to solve his case with his strange questions.

So to sum up, cheesy fun, but a couple of points deducted because there are no effects to talk about, most kills are off-screen and the ones that are no,t are really not effects. You understand what I mean when you see it.

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