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Cutting Class (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Horror  |  7 February 1992 (Portugal)
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A murderer is loose in a high school in this 'whodunit' movie.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Woods (as Donovan Leitch)
Mr. Dante
William Carson III
Colleen (as Brenda Lynn Klemme)
Mark Barnet ...
Robert Glaudini ...
Eric Boles ...
Mr. Glynn
Coach Harris
Mrs. Knocht
Mr. Conklin
Crusty Old Man
Officer Fondulac
Mr. Ingalls


High school student Paula Carson's affections are being sought after by two of her classmates: Dwight, the "bad boy", and Brian, a disturbed young man who has just been released from a mental hospital where he was committed following the suspicious death of his father. Soon after being released, more murders start happening. Is Brian back to his old tricks, or is Dwight just trying to eliminate the competition? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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No more pencils, No more books, No more teachers' dirty looks See more »


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7 February 1992 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinato no Colégio  »

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When Dwight chops the #2 door with the axe, he only chops away the bottom pane of glass and the bottom of the wooden frame. The top two panes, as well as almost all of the complete wooden frame are intact. A few seconds later when he runs away with Paula, all of the wooden frame is gone. See more »


Shultz: I'm the custodian of your fucking lives!
Dwight Ingalls: [to Paula] That guy is fried!
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Featured in The Siskel & Ebert Interviews (1995) See more »


Written by Andy Prieboy (as Andrew Prieboy)
Performed by Wall of Voodoo
Music Corporation of America, Inc. (BMI) and Skeek Music
Used by permission of MCA Music Publishing
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A Passing Grade

A psychotic youth is released from his mental confinement and murders start happening all over a huge high school. Teachers, an assistant principal, and some coeds meet deadly ends in such various methods as impalement, burning in a kiln, axe to the head, slashing, and so forth. Is the crazed youth responsible, or is the murderer someone else? The ending is somewhat clever although in no way plausible. This is one of those eighties slasher flicks that does not know whether it is primarily a horror or a comedy. It DOES work better as the latter. The production is very nice and the film does boast some fine production values. The gore is limited despite the deaths, and the acting is adequate. The biggest flaw is the script which has more holes in it than a piece of cheesecloth. If you are able to put logic aside, the film can be a pleasant diversion. Certainly nothing more. Brad Pitt, Donavan Leitch, and Jill Schoelen star as the trio of youths the film centers around. Pitt is awful, though as one reviewer says he does not embarrass himself TOO much. Leith is suitably creepy, and Schoelen is beautiful if nothing else. The supporting cast is much better with the likes of Roddy McDowell, Martin Mull, Nancy Fish and other little known yet familiar faces. McDowell brings humour and class to his role as the principal, though he has very little to do. Mull is the funniest in his purely comedic role. In fact, Mull's performance has to make this a horror comedy rather than a horror film. Once you see the film you will understand why. Another bright spot is Brenda James, solely because she is one hot little number. So if you are looking for pointless, mindless fun...Cutting Class makes the grade.

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