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Night School (1981)

Who's been decapitating the innocent girls at a local night school? The police are baffled.

Director:

Ken Hughes (as Kenneth Hughes)

Writer:

Ruth Avergon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Mann ... Judd Austin
Rachel Ward ... Eleanor
Drew Snyder ... Vincent Millett
Joseph R. Sicari ... Taj
Nick Cairis ... Gus (as Nicholas Cairis)
Karen MacDonald ... Carol
Annette Miller ... Helene Griffin
Bill McCann ... Gary
Margo Skinner Margo Skinner ... Stevie Cabot
Elizabeth Barnitz ... Kim Morrison
Holly Hardman ... Kathy
Meb Boden Meb Boden ... Anne Barron
Leonard Corman Leonard Corman ... Priest
Belle McDonald ... Marjorie Armand
Edward C. Higgins Edward C. Higgins ... Coroner (as Ed Higgins)
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Storyline

A Boston police detective investigates a series of gruesome decapitations of various college coeds commited by a helmeted, black-leather clad serial killer which leads him to suspect a well known anthropology professor as well as his female live-in assistant. Written by Anonymous

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A lesson in terror [USA theatrical] [as Night School] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escuela Nocturna See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,169,875

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,169,875
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot over five weeks in the spring of 1980. See more »

Goofs

When the second girl is being killed, after changing out of her scuba suit, her lips don't match her words several times during the attack. See more »

Quotes

Judd Austin: Is, uh, Professor Millett in? I'd like to speak to him.
Eleanor Adjai: I'm afraid that's quite impossible. He's working, he left strict instructions not to be disturbed.
Judd Austin: Miss, uh, Adjai. Is that right?
Eleanor Adjai: Yes, that's right.
Judd Austin: I'm not a traveling salesman, Miss Adjai. I'm a police officer, and I have a badge that says I can disturb anybody anytime.
Eleanor Adjai: [after a moment's pause] I'll see if he can talk to you.
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Alternate Versions

The film appeared (as "Terror Eyes") on the UK's list of video nasties. Both the cinema and 1987 Guild Home Video releases were cut by 1 minute 16 secs by the BBFC to heavily reduce the gore and shots of slashing during the changing room and café murders. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Hidden Gem
13 August 2017 | by nick121235See all my reviews

This really is somewhat of a hidden gem among slashers, which as you will know if you are a slasher aficionado, is a valuable find. I went into Night School not really expecting much for some reason. Well, I say 'for some reason', but let's face it- even if you are a hardcore slasher and/or horror fan, you can't deny the fact that most of these films can be unoriginal at best and downright trash more often than you'd like to admit. Especially 80's slashers, i'm sad to say. But every so often in our sojourns we find a pleasant surprise that makes the hours spent watching awful movies worthwhile. Night School is one of those movies. This film, while really not too original, is still head and shoulders above most of its peers. Beholden more to the Italian giallo of the decade before than its Halloween inspired contemporaries, Night School makes up for what it lacks in plot with atmosphere and campy situations and dialogue. I say campy, but I mean campy in the way that films such as Suspiria or even Friday the 13th were campy; the dialogue can be peculiar and silly but it contributes to an overall sense of dream logic. The London setting also adds to the overall atmosphere. In conclusion this film is a good (but not great) one by my standards, but don't go into expecting a typical 80's cheesy slasher. I enjoyed it once and I'd probably enjoy it again; I'd say it's definitely worth a re-watch. Oh and as a little side note all of that talk about anthropology and ancient cultures practicing beheading and cannibalism gave me an intense urge to watch Fulci's Zombi 2 again... seek it out and watch it if you can get your hands on it, that one is highly recommended if you like Italian cannibal exploitation films.


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