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131/2 Murders + 1423 Laughs = Student Bodies See more »
A killer named the Breather tallies up a score of teenage bodies in this scathing parody of slasher films. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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So unfunny; how could anyone laugh with this movie? See more (96 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Kristen Riter ... Toby
Matthew Goldsby ... Hardy (as Matt Goldsby)
Jerry Belson ... The Breather (as Richard Brando)

Joe Flood ... Mr. Dumpkin
Joe Talarowski ... Principal Peters
Mimi Weddell ... Miss Mumsley
Carl Jacobs ... Dr. Sigmund
Peggy Cooper ... Ms. Van Dyke
Janice E. O'Malley ... Nurse Krud
Kevin Mannis ... Scott
Sara Eckhardt ... Patti
Brian Batytis ... Wheels

Cullen G. Chambers ... Charles Ray
Joan Browning Jacobs ... Mrs. Hummers
Angela Bressler ... Julie
Kay Ogden ... Ms. Leclair
Douglas Cotner ... Mr. Hummers
Charles L. Trotter ... Announcer
Jonathan Walling ... Al
Keith Singleton ... Charlie
Dario O. Jones ... Mawamba
Thomas D. Cannon II ... Ralph
Oscar James ... Football Coach
Robyn Flanery ... Joan
Tammie M. Tignor ... Dagmar
Anita Taylor ... Bertha

Jack Armstrong ... Joe (as John M. Armstrong)
Brenda Maduzia ... Punker
Dorothy Rich ... Mrs. Peters
Anne Bell ... Teacher
Kathryn Reve Doster ... Sue
Lauren Ritchie ... Student
Janice Elaine Berridge ... Student
The Stick ... Malvert the Janitor
Zeno ... Meowing Dog
Casine ... Dog Chauffeur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Kliesing ... Girl on Parade Float (uncredited)

Directed by
Mickey Rose 
Michael Ritchie (uncredited)
Writing credits
Mickey Rose (written by)

Produced by
Jerry Belson .... executive producer
Harvey Miller .... executive producer
Michael Ritchie .... producer (as Allen Smithee)
Melvin Shapiro .... associate producer
Original Music by
Gene Hobson 
Cinematography by
Robert Ebinger (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ruth Hope  (as Kathryn Ruth Hope)
Casting by
Gary Chason 
Production Design by
Donald B. Nunley  (as Donald Nunley)
Costume Design by
Kristin Nelson 
Makeup Department
Jamie Barber .... hair stylist
Jamie Barber .... makeup artist
Lynn Wolverton-Parker .... hair stylist (as Lynn Wolverton)
Lynn Wolverton-Parker .... makeup artist (as Lynn Wolverton)
Production Management
Fred Berner .... executive in charge of production
Jeffrey Hernandez .... unit manager
Susan Vogelfang .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Barvin .... second assistant director
Susan Vogelfang .... assistant director
Art Department
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur .... assistant props (as Tantar LeViseur)
C.C. Deneen Nunley .... property master
Gregory R. Wolf .... assistant props
Sound Department
Ron Curfman .... sound mixer
Roberta Doheny .... sound effects
Joseph Geisinger .... boom operator (as Joe Geisinger)
Kimberly Harris .... sound effects
Lars Nelson .... sound effects
David Sanders .... stunt coordinator (as David 'Stutter' Sanders)
Camera and Electrical Department
Margaret Cox .... camera operator
Paul Elliott .... director of photography: second unit
Paul Elliott .... first assistant camera
Jack English .... gaffer
Wayne Forster .... best boy electric
David Hayball .... best boy grip
Steve Lubbe .... grip
Larry Markart .... first assistant camera: second unit
Robie Price .... grip
Ted Rhodes .... key grip
Newton TerMeer .... electrician (as Newton Thomas Termeer)
Mark Wells .... grip
Casting Department
Sandy Collister .... atmosphere casting (as Sandra Collister)
Susan Elkins .... atmosphere casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susie DeSanto .... costume supervisor (as Susie DeSanta)
Editorial Department
Jack Garsha .... color timer
B.J. Sears .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gene Hobson .... music realization
Alan Howarth .... electronic music producer
Alan Howarth .... electronic music recording
Patricia Peck .... music editor
Pamela J. Smith .... music realization
Other crew
Sam Bernstein .... production accountant
Janice Blue .... production assistant
Jo Edna Boldin .... craft service
Craig Busch .... production assistant
Cathy D'Amico .... production secretary
Jed Gillin .... production assistant
Rick Harris .... float operator
Kristy Jourdan .... production office coordinator
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor (as Lyn McKissick)
Jeff McManus .... production assistant (as Jeff Gann McManus)
Sue Hessel .... special thanks

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86 min
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Did You Know?

Producer and director Michael Ritchie had his named removed from the film's credits so as not to run into trouble from the striking writer's guild. Instead, screenwriter Mickey Rose was given on-screen director's credit.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
[as Charlie attempts to make out with her]
Julie:Not here. Not now.
Charlie:Where? When?
Julie:Upstairs. Ten seconds.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs Prom Night (1980)See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
So unfunny; how could anyone laugh with this movie?, 11 November 2009
Author: blakepatrick91 from Brisbane, Australia

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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