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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scaremaker See more »

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Concepts Unlimited See more »
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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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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer In The City
Performed by The Lovin' Spoonful
Written by John Sebastian, Steve Boone and Mark Sebastian
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The best killer bear flick since Grizzly
24 April 2004 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

I saw this obscure slasher knock-off right about the same time I saw that godawful Disney movie Midnight Madness starring David Naughton and a pre-pubescent Michael J. Fox. Both movies centered around a late night college scavenger hunt and both featured a truly annoying oldies-style soundtrack (to this day I can't get that damn insidious theme song to Midnight Madness out of my head). But this movie had what the other film quite sorely lacked--a maniac dressed in a bear costume killing off all the idiotic characters. Hal Holbrook is the above-the-line star here (did the producers have compromising photos of him with a barnyard animal?),and Julie Montgomery, who went on to appear in Revenge of the Nerds before dropping off the face of the earth, plays the young female lead. The rest of the cast is forgettable and long forgotten. The plot is your standard formulaic slasher movie scenario. But see it for the bear. Growling, snarling, shouting misogynistic curses as he hacks up cast member after cast member with his razor-sharp claws (how many bear mascot costumes come with razor-sharp claws anyway?), the bear is the best and most original part of the movie. This is the best killer bear flick since Grizzly


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