Girls Nite Out (1982)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  20 June 1982 (USA)
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A killer, wearing a dancing bear suit, stalks a variety of cheerleaders during an all-night scavenger hunt at a remote Ohio college.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn Connors
James Carroll ...
Teddy Ratliff
Suzanne Barnes ...
Dawn Sorenson
Barney / Katie Cavanaugh
Al McGuire ...
Coach Kimble
Lauren-Marie Taylor ...
Sheila Robinson
David Holbrook ...
Mike Pryor
Mart McChesney ...
Pete 'Maniac' Krizaniac
Carrick Glenn ...
John Didrichsen ...
Ralph Bostwick
Leslie Peterson
Mathew Dunn ...
Michael Benson
Susan Pitts ...
Paul Christie ...


The day after a huge party a scavenger hunt is held. Every college-age kid in town is out for the grand prize. One-by-one they are all dispatched by a killer in a giant bear suit. But who is it? Written by Greg Duryea <>

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One by one he killed them until he was trapped in his own game See more »


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20 June 1982 (USA)  »

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This film was shot in 1982 under the title The Scaremaker. It didn't see a release until 1984 when distributors picked it up and re-named it Girls Nite Out to play up the lurid angle for marketing. See more »


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Girls N-I-G-H-T Out or Holy Knife-Clawed Bears Batman!
27 October 2004 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

The early '80s was a boom-time for slasher films, which is how a cheesy-kill fest like this one made it to the big screen. Girls Nite Out is about the average expectation of a low-budget 80's slasher.

It's a dark night at Dewitt College in rural Ohio. The basketball team is on cloud nine. The students are clowning (and fooling) around. The disk jokey is belting out golden oldies at the campus radio station. And a scavenger hunt as been planned for the evening. What could go wrong? Well... it seems that an insane man is loose, or is it someone else who is running around killing people in a bear suit? Yes, I typed bear suit. *Laugh here* Anyway, it seems that the scavenger search party may just be in danger of getting sliced.

Yep, business as usual in body count world - only this time there's little gore and no nudity. There's plenty of college kids goofing around though. Still, the young cast is energetic and likable enough to keep the movie from completely sinking and the murder scenes have a kind of amusing tongue-in-cheekness to them.

It's certainly not the best of the '80s slash boom, but it's not the worst either. It's worth a look, if only for laughs.

** out of ****

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