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The Scaremaker (1982)

Girls Nite Out (original title)
A killer, wearing a dancing bear suit, stalks a variety of cheerleaders during an all-night scavenger hunt at a remote Ohio college.

Director:

Robert Deubel

Writers:

Gil Spencer Jr. (screenplay), Kevin Kurgis (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Montgomery ... Lynn Connors
James Carroll James Carroll ... Teddy Ratliff
Suzanne Barnes Suzanne Barnes ... Dawn Sorenson
Rutanya Alda ... Barney / Katie Cavanaugh
Al McGuire Al McGuire ... Coach Kimble
Lauren-Marie Taylor ... Sheila Robinson
David Holbrook David Holbrook ... Mike Pryor
Laura Summer ... Jane
Mart McChesney Mart McChesney ... Pete 'Maniac' Krizaniac
Carrick Glenn ... Kathy
John Didrichsen John Didrichsen ... Ralph Bostwick
Lois Robbins ... Leslie Peterson
Mathew Dunn Mathew Dunn ... Michael Benson
Susan Pitts Susan Pitts ... Trish
Paul Christie Paul Christie ... Dancer
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Storyline

The day after a huge party a scavenger hunt is held. Every college-age kid in town is out for the grand prize. One-by-one they are all dispatched by a killer in a giant bear suit. But who is it? Written by Greg Duryea <gduryea@atlantic.net>

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They all went in, but only a few got out! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scaremaker See more »

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Production Co:

Concepts Unlimited See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The films title for its release in Spain was Creando el terror, which means "Creating the Terror." See more »

Goofs

The "tombstones" used in the cemetery scene are obviously Styrofoam props. They have no text engravings and lack the polished appearance of an authentic monument. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version is known as The Scaremaker. Even though the film isn't full of gore, it is cut by 16 seconds. Some of the cuts are:
  • Benson's stabbing is cut, you see him stabbed once before dieing.
  • The murder of Jane, in the squash court. It shows the bear attack, then cuts to her all bloody, none seen coming out a wound.
  • Doesn't focus on Jane's body hung up in the shower's.
  • Trish's death in the Summer House is cut, not as much blood is seen. and
  • The ending where the killer stabs Teddy, who is trying to help Dawn, it is not seen, so it is left unclear what has happened.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Performed by The Lovin' Spoonful
Written by John Sebastian, Steve Boone and Mark Sebastian
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Girls N-I-G-H-T Out or Holy Knife-Clawed Bears Batman!
27 October 2004 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

The early '80s was a boom-time for slasher films, which is how a cheesy-kill fest like this one made it to the big screen. Girls Nite Out is about the average expectation of a low-budget 80's slasher.

It's a dark night at Dewitt College in rural Ohio. The basketball team is on cloud nine. The students are clowning (and fooling) around. The disk jokey is belting out golden oldies at the campus radio station. And a scavenger hunt as been planned for the evening. What could go wrong? Well... it seems that an insane man is loose, or is it someone else who is running around killing people in a bear suit? Yes, I typed bear suit. *Laugh here* Anyway, it seems that the scavenger search party may just be in danger of getting sliced.

Yep, business as usual in body count world - only this time there's little gore and no nudity. There's plenty of college kids goofing around though. Still, the young cast is energetic and likable enough to keep the movie from completely sinking and the murder scenes have a kind of amusing tongue-in-cheekness to them.

It's certainly not the best of the '80s slash boom, but it's not the worst either. It's worth a look, if only for laughs.

** out of ****


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