I watched "Dead Students Society" for one reason: to see Misty Mundae. I didn't realise she doesn't appear until one hour in, but that wouldn't have deterred me: sometimes these softcore b-flicks can be enjoyable in their own right.
Well, this one truly isn't. The plot, the acting, the dialogue, the direction, is all abysmal. Even the idea for the movie is unquestionably bad: a generic softcore starlet plays a professor of literature - seriously - and hosts a "Dead Poets' Society" style get together with her horny students in a cave. They come and she kills them in the lamest death scenes I have ever seen. At one point, she strangles a guy to death with a phone cord (remember those) and no attempt is even made to have the cord look taut. Perhaps that's just as well, though, as that would only make the viewer more aware of the fact that this woman is nowhere near capable of strangling this strapping young man to death, all on her own.
What was the point of referencing "Dead Poets' Society" anyway? Who the hell watched that movie and thought, I wonder what it would be like if Robin Williams was played by a softcore starlet, the boys were played by 30-something year old ex-athletes, and the whole "society" thing was a ruse to lure them to their deaths?
I can only assume that the producers were completely out of ideas for another Z-grade softcore flick, turned on the TV, and caught the Peter Weir movie being repeated and thought, yeah, I don't think Wynorski's ripped this one off yet.
There are also deaths by knife in which the slashing blade leaves barely visible red imprints on the victim's flesh, and yet apparently damages it enough to kill him. A papercut would do more visible damage. That same blade is run across a guy's throat, having him immediately disgorge blood, that couldn't possibly have gathered in his throat so quickly. It looks less like a throat cutting than a case of tuberculosis he didn't know he had.
Most of the deaths are by strangulation, though, and not only does the generic softcore broad not look anything like a professor anywhere on planet Earth, she also doesn't look even halfway strong enough to strangle anything other than a puppy to death.
In case we're not getting the point that the filmmakers don't know how to film strangulation realistically, the softcore broad has a male accomplice who strangles two boys at once, and both start gushing blood from their mouths. I've never seen someone react to strangulation that way. At least a cut throat sort of makes sense that it would lead to bleeding from the mouth.
These things are not exactly uncommon failings in b-pictures. Hell, sometimes they're kind of endearing. But it helps if the movie they're in is somewhat entertaining. This one is just so dingy, low-budget and crappy that it's not entertaining in the least.
Aside from Mundae, the movie has one other natural babe in the cast (the softcore professor has breasts so fake that when she's topless it looks like she's still wearing layers of rubber and fake tan). When the natural babe finally gets her clothes off, the filmmakers don't even know enough to give us a good look.
If David DeCouteau is reading this (a long shot, I know) this movie approaches your levels of ineptitude, tediousness, and homoeroticism - but not at a level to make it interesting or worth watching. What really made me think of your movies was a scene where guys strip to their underwear and fight, in a case of boxers vs briefs. They're not white briefs though, so I guess your interest in this movie will probably end there.
Yes, I started writing this review before the movie was over, and yes, I wrote the above paragraph to distract myself from the movie's ending, which isn't just lame and pathetic, it's also incomprehensible.
I just didn't want to waste anymore of my time on this garbage. You can go one better, and not waste any time at all.
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