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Night School (1981)

Who's been decapitating the innocent girls at a local night school? The police are baffled.

Director:

Ken Hughes (as Kenneth Hughes)

Writer:

Ruth Avergon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Mann ... Judd Austin
Rachel Ward ... Eleanor
Drew Snyder ... Vincent Millett
Joseph R. Sicari ... Taj
Nick Cairis ... Gus (as Nicholas Cairis)
Karen MacDonald ... Carol
Annette Miller ... Helene Griffin
Bill McCann ... Gary
Margo Skinner Margo Skinner ... Stevie Cabot
Elizabeth Barnitz ... Kim Morrison
Holly Hardman ... Kathy
Meb Boden Meb Boden ... Anne Barron
Leonard Corman Leonard Corman ... Priest
Belle McDonald ... Marjorie Armand
Edward C. Higgins Edward C. Higgins ... Coroner (as Ed Higgins)
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Storyline

A Boston police detective investigates a series of gruesome decapitations of various college coeds commited by a helmeted, black-leather clad serial killer which leads him to suspect a well known anthropology professor as well as his female live-in assistant. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A is for Apple B is for Bed C is for Co-ed D is for Dead F is for Failing to keep your Head! [USA theatrical] [as Night School] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escuela Nocturna See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,169,875
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot over five weeks in the spring of 1980. See more »

Goofs

When the second girl is being killed, after changing out of her scuba suit, her lips don't match her words several times during the attack. See more »

Quotes

Judd Austin: You stay here and I'll head over to that college.
Taj: Oh great! I gotta stay here and you get to go to the girls' school.
Judd Austin: One of the advantages of a Harvard degree.
Taj: Ka ka era!
Judd Austin: Which in our language means?
Taj: Here comes the bullshit!
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Alternate Versions

The film appeared (as "Terror Eyes") on the UK's list of video nasties. Both the cinema and 1987 Guild Home Video releases were cut by 1 minute 16 secs by the BBFC to heavily reduce the gore and shots of slashing during the changing room and café murders. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The New York Ripper (1982) See more »

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Serial dekapitator.
4 September 2010 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

A killer in a motorcycle helmet is decapitating attractive babes attend a night school class taught by an anthropology professor.It all has to do with some head-hunting rituals from Papua New Guinea.Very enjoyable cop drama/slasher with some elements of giallo.There is a truly sensual shower scene with a a ravishingly beautiful Rachel Ward and three decapitated heads of victims are found in various strange places including an aquarium.The killings are mostly off-screen and there is a bit of sleaze.The melodically creepy piano based score by Brad Fiedel of "Just Before Dawn" is truly effective.If you enjoyed "What Have You Done to Your Daughters" give "Night School" a chance.It truly is one of the slashers that resembles the Italian giallo that inspired the genre in the first place.8 out of 10.


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