Tuesday, October 11, 2011

31 Days Of 80's Movie Slashers: 10/11 - Night School (1981)

Day Eleven:

Night School (AKA: Terror Eyes)
From Paramount Pictures & Lorimar Films
Original Theatrical Release Date: April 24th 1981
DVD: Yes

Plot: Boston. Co-eds are being decapitated by a leather clad, motorcycle helmeted figure. The Scooby-Doo mystery begins!  

Witness if you dare a Slasher Movie from the director of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His Final Film. If you're going to go out, why not go out with a beheading and a bang? Rachel Ward plays Eleanor. A young woman who assists her Anthropology professor. A professor who clearly takes his work home with him as he keeps the sexy Eleanor often in the shower and his bed. Sometimes he lathers her up with mud (I mean, who doesn't?) and other times he goes on about getting some head. That is, heads from ancient headhunter rituals. The dude is weird. But what woman can resist a professor who has a nice stock of sports jackets with elbow patches in his closet?

Night School for me is one of the more underrated Slashers of the early 80s. It has a pedigree to it that a lot of other Slashers lacked. It also has the Giallo convention of a leather bound/gloved killer. This time the killer masked with a helmet (also used in 1975's Strip Nude For Your Killer and later in Umberto Lenzi's Welcome To Spring Break from 1989) It's a fun way to hide a crazy. Especially if you aren't completely sure of the killer's sexual identity.

The film does spend a lot of time with the stock convention of a police procedural. The cops in Night School are both snoopy and sleepy, but often it feels as if they are just there to pad time between the kills. Regardless, the film raises the bar a bit with those inventive kills (I especially love the scene early on with the machete and children's carousel) the collegiate, autumnal atmosphere, and the eye candy of star Rachel Ward. Her acting here may be questionable (she's much better in films like Fortress and Against All Odds) but, hey, it's her first film and you shouldn't be looking for acting chops in a Slasher Film, anyway.

Night School is a fun Slasher road trip to the rarely filmed in the genre Boston, Massachusetts. Get your helmet on and take this film for a spin. And speaking of which, the great folks over at Warner Archive JUST RELEASED a nice new Remastered and Widescreen DVD for Night School. I can't wait to pick this up.

Get it here:




MrJeffery said...

need to see. i've been neglecting horror flicks this month. what is wrong with me?

Cinema Du Meep said...

That's okay. Real horror fans watch Horror movies ANY TIME of the year. Doesn't have to just be October. No worries!

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