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Overall Rating
3.3

Awesome: 25%
Worth A Look: 25%
Average: 10%
Pretty Bad35%
Total Crap: 5%

1 review, 14 user ratings


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by Rob Gonsalves

"The ads were more frightening."
2 stars

J. Lee Thompson's entry in the slasher sweepstakes, done up with the usual lack of style.

It's actually more of a cross between a slasher film and a whodunit, and has gained respect in some undiscriminating circles. Melissa Sue Anderson (a long way from Little House on the Prairie) stars as a disturbed college student who has (A) had brain surgery and (B) lost her mother in a car accident (A) and (B) are the movie's only really effective scenes. She gets very nervous when her classmates keep dying in various interesting ways a shish-kebab in the mouth, a heavy barbell dropped on the neck. Is she the killer? A question for the ages. For those who care, the violence was originally more graphic, but was toned down for later screenings.

With Glenn Ford, future soap star Tracy Bregman, and Lawrence Dane. Thompson had done two of the 'Planet of the Apes' movies. After this he fell back on frequent collaborator Charles Bronson for '10 to Midnight.'

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originally posted: 04/05/07 09:24:52
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 ScreamFest L.A. Horror Festival. For more in the 2004 ScreamFest L.A. series, click here.

User Comments

12/22/13 mr.mike I've seen better. 3 stars
10/08/10 PAUL SHORTT ABYSMAL TEENAGE SHOCKER 1 stars
7/28/10 action movie fan somewhat muddled but effective slasher mystery-good end 3 stars
7/06/09 art I SAW THIS IT WAS A DOUBLE FEATURE WITH "CAT AND THE CANARY"THEY WE"RE GREAT! 5 stars
1/28/08 Jeff Anderson 1 of the better 80's slasher films thanks to Thompson's inventive direction & a good cast. 4 stars
1/13/08 Joseph Gets better as it goes along, with an improbable ending that is still effective. 4 stars
1/11/08 Sam Heitmanek I loved every single second of it. I'm a huge fan of horror flicks and this one is perfect 5 stars
7/26/07 art i saw it at a moviehouse the day it was relesed may 15,1981very scary 5 stars
11/04/06 Jason Jahns Love this slasher, great direction, a truly twisted ending 5 stars
1/15/05 Casi Hart Great movie-I wondered until the very end who the killer was-I was surprised... 4 stars
4/18/04 Father Merrin Definatly worth a look - why cant I buy this in the UK it aint that gory!!! 4 stars
2/04/04 Chad Foster Great 5 stars
8/29/03 DARREN A LITTLE LONG BUT MORE PROFESSIONAL AND MORE CARE THAN MOST SLASHER FLICKS 4 stars
4/14/03 Jack Sommersby The cover art to the video is better than this ho-hum slasher. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  15-May-1981 (R)
  DVD: 26-Oct-2004

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