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Night School (1981)

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

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Judd Austin
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Eleanor
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Vincent Millett
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Taj
Nick Cairis ...
Gus (as Nicholas Cairis)
Karen MacDonald ...
Carol
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Helene Griffin
Bill McCann ...
Gary
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Stevie Cabot
Elizabeth Barnitz ...
Kim Morrison
Holly Hardman ...
Kathy
Meb Boden ...
Anne Barron
Leonard Corman ...
Priest
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Marjorie Armand
Edward C. Higgins ...
Coroner (as Ed Higgins)
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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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Director Ken Hughes' final film. 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

Stevie Cabot: How do you want your eggs?
Judd Austin: Cooked.
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References Black Christmas (1974) See more »

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Night School of Death
18 October 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The girls that study in a night school are being killed and decapitated. A police lieutenant and his partner (comic relief?) start to investigate the murders.

"Night School" takes place in Boston. The film begins with a brief view of the night skyline of Boston. We hear a melancholic and beautiful soundtrack that serves to enhance the poetry of city (and its people) and night. Soon after the camera becomes more intimate and we see old lamp posts, dark streets and small houses. The beautiful soundtrack goes on... and Boston looks quite pretty.

"Night School" is in some ways almost a giallo. There are some connection points:

1) Leonard Mann, an Italo-American actor that worked mainly in Italian films, including gialli like "Death Steps in the Dark" and "The Monster of Florence". In "Night School" he's the police lieutenant that investigates the murders but he's different from those policemen that we usually find in many thrillers. He's not trigger-happy and he hasn't trembling fists dying to punch a bad guy's nose. He's intelligent, sensitive and ready to follow his intuition.

2) The killing scenes are stylish and imaginative. The killer dresses all in black, black helmet and black gloves. But "Night School" is very discreet in what concerns nudity. In one scene Rachel Ward takes a shower. Not much is shown, but many Italian gialli would not shy away from FFN. Anyway "Night School" is quite engaging, charming and different from the normal fare.

3) There are many pretty girls (and some of them will be ruthlessly killed by the decapitator).

The highlights in "Night School" are Rachel Ward (her beauty illuminates the screen) and Leonard Mann. In short, I think that "Night School" is a very enjoyable film. Those that want a non-stop action film with lots of bullets and fists breaking bones (fast! fast! fast!), should look elsewhere.


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