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Girls Nite Out (1982)

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 <gduryea@atlantic.net>

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20 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Scaremaker  »

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1.85 : 1
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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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Campus Killer 101
7 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Set at Dewitt University, a small Ohio college, this one starts out as a routine drama after a basketball game which Dewitt U wins the title cup. Afterwards, the first 30 or more minutes has the guys of the team partying, drinking, talking and talking with their co-ed girlfriends, etc. Then, an unseen killer, posing as the mascot for the basketball team, begins stalking and killing a number of young girls from the cheerleading squad. Mostly riping their throats out with a hand-made 'claw' in one of the paws made from kitchen knifes. Meanwhile, Mac (Hal Holbrook) is the campus security guard, looking very puzzled to what's going on, who wades through a series of red herrings.

Not the best of the early 1980's slasher flicks, with the bear costume the only original thing about this one. Worth a look for horror fans, with some nice touches to the low-budget.

Contents: seven killings; inferior slaughter; one psycho in a bearsuit; no sex or nudity; lots of Golden Oldies on the soundtrack; much duller and dumber than usual. Note: proper punctuation is not all this one is missing.

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