A serial killer with his signature heavy breathing proceeds to systematically kill the students and teachers of Lamab high school.

Directors:

Mickey Rose, Michael Ritchie (uncredited)

Writer:

Mickey Rose

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Riter ... Toby
Matthew Goldsby Matthew Goldsby ... Hardy (as Matt Goldsby)
Jerry Belson Jerry Belson ... The Breather (as Richard Brando)
Joe Flood ... Mr. Dumpkin
Joe Talarowski ... Principal Peters
Mimi Weddell ... Miss Mumsley
Carl Jacobs Carl Jacobs ... Dr. Sigmund
Peggy Cooper Peggy Cooper ... Ms. Van Dyke
Janice E. O'Malley Janice E. O'Malley ... Nurse Krud
Kevin Mannis Kevin Mannis ... Scott
Sara Eckhardt Sara Eckhardt ... Patti
Brian Batytis Brian Batytis ... Wheels
Cullen G. Chambers ... Charles Ray
Joan Browning Jacobs ... Mrs. Hummers
Angela Bressler ... Julie
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Storyline

A killer named the Breather terrorizes students at a high school. Whenever the killer finds students having sex, he kills them. He has some intense issues with which to deal. He likes to breathe heavily, and he likes to make prank calls while talking through a rubber chicken. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The Laugh Count Begins See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film was funded by Paramount because of the writers strike that was going on in 1981. The studio wanted to put out as many non-union films as possible during the strike. See more »

Goofs

Obvious, muscular, male arms when Toby reaches up out of the ground to strangle Hardy. See more »

Quotes

[a blind man and a man in a wheelchair are arguing over the only handicapped parking space]
Charles Ray: Hey, man, that's my parking space! Can't you see I'm blind?
Wheels: Hey, I'm more handicapped than you! I can't even make love to a woman.
Charles Ray: I can never find one! Now move it!
[Patti pulls in and steals the space]
Wheels: Hey, that's our parking spot!
Patti: Great physical beauty can be a handicap, too.
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Crazy Credits

Before the opening credits there's a note that reads "This motion picture is based on an actual incident. Last year 26 horror films were released... None of them lost money." See more »

Alternate Versions

Some cuts open with the following on-screen title: "This motion picture is based on an actual incident. Last year 26 horror films were released...None of them lost money." See more »

Connections

Spoofs When a Stranger Calls (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Saints Go Marching In
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Lamab High School Marching Band
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Dead-on(ahem)parody of eighties slasher flicks
11 August 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

STUDENT BODIES is a great, satirical take on the bevy of horror flicks that flooded theater and drive-in screens(and consequently, polluted video store shelves)in the eighties. Watching this group of no-name actors trudge through all the stock situations that teens in these flicks find themselves in goes to show how the people who conceived and made this flick got the joke long before most of us. What's incredible is that this movie came out in 1981, well before the genre peaked and the films became stale variations of HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH, OR NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. While SCREAM was a black comedy/satire that pays homage to the genre(and served to revive it), STUDENT BODIES plays it strictly for laughs, thumbing its nose at all the insolent jerks and dumb bimbos who, despite having knowledge of a killer on the loose, wander alone through isolated woods or dark hallways and wind up on the wrong ends of axes, chainsaws, butcher knives, or pitchforks. Now, who stole my paperclip?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Student Bodies See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,582,148, 9 August 1981

Gross USA:

$5,165,432

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,165,432
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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