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Student Bodies (1981)

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


Mickey Rose, Michael Ritchie (uncredited)


Mickey Rose





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


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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Comedy | Horror | Mystery


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Did You Know?


During the final chase dream as Toby is running up the stairs, you can hear Godzilla's roar at least twice mixed in with all of the other sounds and music. See more »


Students at football game talking about what will be happening next week at graduation; football games are in the fall and graduation is in spring. However, in the principal's speech in the second scene, he acknowledges that all the school's events are happening on one day (along with the prom, which needs to be at the end of the year) due to a cut in the school's budget. See more »


Toby: My father, Yuck.
Dr. Sigmund: Your father's name was Yuck?
Toby: He used to lock me in my room with him in it.
Dr. Sigmund: Don't call me Daddy anymore.
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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 »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Worst Films of 2011 (2011) See more »


Ode to Joy
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Lamab High School Marching Band
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Horror or Parody?
4 March 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

A 1980'S version of "Scream." I found myself laughing more than anything. "The Breather," made me laugh. I couldn't help it. I thought I was supposed to laugh. The guy is making snide remarks and breathing like a horny 12 year old for the entire movie. The cast is unknowns, which makes the movie a sort of cult classic for me. I enjoy the film because it's just plain old silly. It's not gory and it's not in the least bit scary. It makes fun, more than anything, how murder victims in horror movies end up. You'd never see a killer walking around with a bunch of Hefty trash bags as their weapon, but in this film it's used purely for the laughs and after a while it does get old, but "the Breather" will make you laugh enough to watch the whole thing. Good for a Halloween laugh.

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Release Date:

7 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Student Bodies See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,582,148, 9 August 1981

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1.85 : 1
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