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School Killer (2001)

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Six teenagers decide to spend the night at an old abandoned school where 27 years ago a horrible massacre occurred. The kids run afoul of the vicious crazed security guard who committed the brutal killings.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Naschy ...
El Vigilante / The Watcher
Carlos Fuentes ...
Ramón
Zoe Berriatúa ...
Jordi
Olivia Molina ...
María
Carmen Morales ...
Sandra
Elena Candorcio ...
Pam
Kwenya Carreira ...
Larry
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Rosa (as Itciar Miranda)
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Patricia
Aitor Beltrán ...
Marcos
Antonio Hueso ...
Lucas
Antonio Arenas ...
Alex
Sergi Mateu ...
Alex Padre
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ana Vega ...
Laura (as Ana Belén Vega)
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Six teenagers decide to spend the night at an old abandoned school where 27 years ago a horrible massacre occurred. The kids run afoul of the vicious crazed security guard who committed the brutal killings.

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Nos van a matar a todos (They're going to kill us all.)

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Horror | Mystery

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29 June 2001 (Spain)  »

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ESP 51,793,274 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The movie was filmed in an old building, which was built as a hospital called "Hospital La Tablada" or "Sanatorio La Tablada" but never opened. The property is located in a town called Tablada near the Tablada railway station in Guadarrama, near Madrid. See more »

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Does more than the usual slasher fare
10 May 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Spain has produced a number of good horror films over the last two decades, with directors such as Alejandro Amenabar, Álex de la Iglesia and Jaume Balagueró making some truly standout films. School Killer stars one of the main players of seventies/eighties Spanish horror films in the form of the great Paul Naschy; but overall I'm not surprised that this film doesn't get mentioned alongside the likes of Tesis, Rec and Day of the Beast as one of the better modern films to come out of Spain as despite some good ideas, there's far too many things wrong with it. The plot is not particularly original and focuses on the common horror film ideas of a bunch of kids getting into trouble and an old abandoned building harbouring a maniacal killer. The kids decide to go to the old school building, where one of their dads stayed twenty seven years earlier, for a party but it soon becomes apparent that there's something strange going on inside the building and they soon learn that the boy's father was the only survivor of a massacre the night that he and his friends stayed there.

The best thing about this film is undoubtedly the atmosphere and director Carlos Gil succeeds in creating a truly foreboding feeling that suits the film very well and excellently compliments the plot and the building at the centre of the story. I went into this film expecting a slasher (and thus without any high hopes) but to the film's credit, it actually tries to be more than that and it could be argued that the film is more of a psychological thriller. This certainly gives the film an extra element of interest and it manages to take a mysterious plot and blend it well with the gore you'd expect from a slasher. Paul Naschy is obviously the main standout of the cast and he still has a good screen presence despite his advanced years and provides an extremely effective villain. As mentioned, the film does feature some good gore and although it doesn't feature all the way through; what we do get works well within the context. The film is rather slow to start and it doesn't really get interesting until the final third. However, despite this; the film doesn't end very well and there's too much left unexplained for this to be an effective film overall. Still, School Killer is better than a lot of modern horror films and is at least worth a look.


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