From April/Gower Street Films
Original Release Date: July 1989
Plot: High School proves it can be murder as there's a killer around, seemingly making his primary target cheerleader Paula (Jill Schoelen) who's torn between her love for jock Dwight (Brad Pitt) and just released mental patient Brian (Donovan Leitch)
What about Cutting Class makes be return back to it from time to time over the years? It's kind of a schizophrenic film that isn't quite sure if it's a Horror Film or a Teen Comedy, but perhaps since I love both Horror Film and Teen Comedies (especially set around High School) I get to have 2 for the price of 1!
There's a bizarre tone in Cutting Class right from the start that I adore. Character actors like Martin Mull and Roddy McDowell prove to play adults with a hint of a perverted side. Donovan Leitch's mental Brian is a pretty strange guy for us to side with (our only alternative is the real jerk of a jock Brad Pitt) but somehow we end up liking this weirdo. But most of all, Cutting Class is a testament to the power of cuteness in the form of Jill Schoelen. She brightens up the screen every time she's on it.
To feed our Slasher Movie appetite, there are some pretty inventive kills in the Film. And a finale in the school's work shop that is pretty great. I also love that this is a movie that is cool enough to have a Wall Of Voodoo soundtrack. How many Slasher Movies can say they have that? And what about the ever played up creepy janitor as red herring? In this one he has the best line ever: "I'm the custodian of your fucking destiny!"
Overall, I wouldn't recommend the Film if you're looking for something that is a more purely within the genre. By 1989, Slasher Movies had wained considerably in popularity. Teen Comedies were a much easier sell in an increasingly conservative society (Thanks Mr. Reagan & Bush!) But for fans of films with a crazy personality that offer up something a little bit different in exchange for by-the-numbers thrills, I would give definitely recommend taking this class.