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Student Bodies (1981)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  7 August 1981 (USA)
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A killer named the Breather tallies up a score of teenage bodies in this scathing parody of slasher films.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Riter ...
Matthew Goldsby ...
Hardy (as Matt Goldsby)
Jerry Belson ...
The Breather (as Richard Brando)
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Joe Talarowski ...
Mimi Weddell ...
Carl Jacobs ...
Peggy Cooper ...
Janice E. O'Malley ...
Kevin Mannis ...
Sara Eckhardt ...
Patti
Brian Batytis ...
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Charles Ray
Joan Browning Jacobs ...
Mrs. Hummers
Angela Bressler ...
Julie
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A killer named the Breather terrorizes students at a high school. Whenever the killer finds students having sex, he kills them. He has some intense issues with which to deal. He likes to breathe heavily, and he likes to make prank calls while talking through a rubber chicken. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The bit where the 'executive producer' addresses the audience and says 'fuck you' for an R rating really was added just to earn Student Bodies an R rating. See more »

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In the opening scene when the phone begins to shake from the "ringing" of the "breather" calling, you can see someone's forehead that's moving the phone on the table in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, black curly hair. (In the DVD version the shot is corrected so you cannot see the crewman.) See more »

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Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, in order to achieve an "R" rating today, a motion picture must contain full frontal nudity, graphic violence, or an explicit reference to the sex act. Since this film has none of those, and since research has proven that R-rated films are by far the most popular with the moviegoing public, the producers of this motion picture have asked me to take this opportunity to say "Fuck you."
[the MPAA R-rating logo appears on the screen]
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When the Saints Go Marching In
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So unfunny; how could anyone laugh with this movie?
11 November 2009 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Student Bodies is one of the most over-hyped and acclaimed films by the horror loving public. Personally, I think it suffers the "unheard of gem" syndrome because it's a horror parody that is fifteen to twenty years ahead of movies that set out to do the same idea like Scream and Scary Movie...but there is no way on this earth that it's a better film than those two. Just because a movie is ahead of its time, that doesn't mean it'll be good.

The movie starts out okay only for its script to jump into a whirlpool of unfunny scenarios and jokes. The comedy of this movie is overwhelmingly tedious as the jokes are all dragged out more than three times and often resort to potty humour and sex jokes – not a good move, immaturity can be fun as it's always great to find the child inside us, but really, there are limits and Student Bodies goes way beyond them as the film thinks it is so much funnier than it actually is. The opening scene may mislead you as it parodies the horror "rules" and clichés perfectly but as soon as the first ten minutes are over, bam; here comes the cringe-fest.

The parodies are okay however they're swallowed up by the god awful humour. If the creators knew how to parody "the unseen killer" cliché they would have properly leave him as "The Breather" and occasionally give him jokes to make, not talking throughout the whole film every time he has a scene and especially not noticing the audience – that's annoying and it becomes unbearably unfunny. It's so disappointing seeming as the spoofs and parodies of the clichéd slasher formulated sub-genre seem to be going so well, only to leave you cringing in frustration due to how tediously unfunny the entire film is.

That's all there really is to say. Student Bodies is a parody that relies on its jokes and the jokes are bad so where is the fun in that? There seem to be good ideas to parody the cliché's in horror but they're thrown out the window because the movie is so focused on cramming its humour in your face...and it isn't even funny, it's all ten year old humour. It's a shame as I was really looking forward to where Scary Movie started and sure I saw it, but man was I disappointed. I'd choose Scream over this any day. 3/10


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