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Girls School Screamers (1986)

R | | Horror | March 1986 (USA)
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Seven college girls spend the weekend at an elegant estate which begins as a fun filled adventure but ends in a nightmare of gut-wrenching terror.

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John P. Finnegan (as John P. Finegan)

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John P. Finnegan (screenplay) (as John P. Finegan), Katie Keating (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mollie O'Mara Mollie O'Mara ... Jackie / Jennifer
Sharon Christopher Sharon Christopher ... Elizabeth
Mari Butler Mari Butler ... Kate
Beth O'Malley Beth O'Malley ... Karen
Karen Krevitz Karen Krevitz ... Susan
Marcia Hinton Marcia Hinton ... Adelle
Monica Antonucci Monica Antonucci ... Rosemary
Peter Cosimano Peter Cosimano ... Paul (as Peter C. Cosimano)
Vera Gallagher Vera Gallagher ... Sister Urban
Charles Braun Charles Braun ... Tyler Welles
Tony Manzo Tony Manzo ... Dr. Robert Fisher
John Turner John Turner ... Bruce
James W. Finegan Sr. James W. Finegan Sr. ... Paul's Father
Jeff Menapace Jeff Menapace ... Billy the Coma Boy
Colleen Harrity Colleen Harrity ... Sister Mary
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Seven college girls spend the weekend at an elegant estate which begins as a fun filled adventure but ends in a nightmare of gut-wrenching terror.

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How Much Gut Wrenching Fright Can You Stand?...!!! See more »

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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Horror-Lyzeum See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Not your typical slasher movie...
15 February 2004 | by RareSlashersReviewedSee all my reviews

‘How much gut wrenching fright can you stand?' Read the somewhat intriguing tagline that stared back at me from the cover of Troma's Girls School Screamers. Now that, I thought to myself, really depends on whether you mean ‘fright' as the film's scary or ‘fright' as in I will truly be frightened when I see how bad the general production of this extremely cheap looking horror flick really is! But I guess I was jumping the gun a little so I waited for the screen to light up in a completely un-biased state of mind…

After an unexplained opening tagline of ‘in the darkness there is evil within the evil there is death' we are shown a group of young boys daring each other to enter a rather creepy looking mansion. Finally the ‘who dares wins' type kid of the bunch accepts the challenge by announcing, `I'll do it, I'll go in there.' (Have you guessed what's going to happen yet?) So the group of pre-teens watch as he slowly ascends the drive, disappearing into the foggy night sky. As he enters the house a spooky voice can be heard chanting ‘Tyler'. (And if I were this particular child I'd be hot on my feet before I even entered!) The hapless kid chooses to ignore this warning and continues up the staircase. Suddenly a ghost-like female figure, dressed from head to toe in a wedding dress descends the steps as if to greet him. The poor boy is now frozen stiff and the ghoul removes her vale to reveal a rotten and decomposed face, blessed with maggots, worms and a decaying smile! She starts spookily moaning, `Kiss me Tyler' and finally the somewhat backward thinking junior comes back to his senses and hotfoots it out of the house. He manages to make it back to where his friends are situated, before collapsing to a heap on the floor in front of them and mumbling gibberish. After the credits have rolled we are shown the boy looking worse for wear in hospital, and towards the end of the film we are again treated to visuals of him (Well what do ya know?) looking ill in the aforementioned infirmary. However, we never get to find out what happened to him and his misfortune is never justified in any way. Thinks that's strange…well it's only the beginning trust me! We are now introduced to seven fresh faced sorority sisters: Jackie (Molly O'Mara), Elizabeth (Sharon Christopher), Rosemary (Monica Antunucci) Karen (Beth O'Malley), Katie (Marie Butler) Adele (Marcia Hinton) and Susan (Karen Krevetz). They have just found out that they're going to be spending four whole days cleaning up, guess where…that's right you got it in one, the haunted mansion from earlier! And they all merrily go home to pack and prepare for their stay, completely unaware of the troubles that lay ahead! Sister Urban (Vera Gallagher) who is best described as a bubbly yet elderly version of Mary Poppins also joins the group on their trip. After they arrive, as sure as night becomes day, an unseen someone begins dispatching off the happy-go-lucky co-eds in a variety of gruesome ways and Jackie begins to realise that her coming to the house was definitely not a coincidence…

Mixing the supernatural and the slasher is a job that isn't easy to do. Many have tried and almost as many have failed knowingly. So that's why I was pessimistic about watching Girls School Screamers and knew what I was in for…

Now some films are cheap, but they still attempt to make a decent effort, and on occasion it pays off. Others know they're cheap and are content with staying cheap. GSS is one of the later, a fact that is emphasised at the start of the credits where the words ‘introducing' are placed before the entire cast, as if to say not one of these actors/actresses has done anything else before this at all. As far as I know, none of them went on to do anything either, except maybe for one or two walk on roles. But it's hardly surprising as they're all mostly no-hopers! Molly O' Mara was about the best of the bunch, if only because she was vaguely reminiscent of Kathryn McNeil from House on Sorority row. It would have been nice to maybe see her in a more upbeat production supporting a decent cast. But you can just picture her resume it can't have helped her out too much; just think about it:

In 1984 I starred in a third rate horror movie called Girls School Screamers, The director expected it to be the next ‘The Exorcist' but it fell slightly short of his marker, I guess he over anticipated it slightly. It sold about as well as a pair of wet Bermuda trunks in Iceland!

Get what I mean!

Although this can squeeze neatly into the slasher category, it doesn't follow the traditional formula of masked killer stalks teens. An invisible ‘force' generally commits most of the murders, although meat cleavers and electrocutions keep this from completely abandoning the standard blueprint. At times, Girls School can feel pretty eerie thanks to a haunting score and some decent lighting. But most of the times when things start to look impressive, something is guaranteed to pop up and lower your expectations. Kudos to the director however, for at least trying a bit of everything, from Ouija boards and possession to the far more typical serial killer clichés.

It‘s kind of gory in a very lowbrow sort of way and there are a couple of imaginative murders. Also it manages to refrain from becoming too tedious, which is always a bonus. But to be honest, a film where even the story line isn't justified properly can't be expected to reap any rewards, especially in an era of such steep competition. There are too many unforgivable flaws that make GSS only worthy of a bin bag. I mean, what the hell happened to that little boy? Did he survive the coma? And if the ghost of the woman in a wedding dress is shown to be a goodie, why do that to the little brat in the first place? All these queries needed to be answered and the fact that the director didn't even acknowledge them just makes this mess look even worse. There is some fun to be had, if you enjoy laughing at the cheesy antics of the teens and the unconvincing death sequences, but none worth wasting £12.99 on! If supernatural slashers are your particular poisons, then stick with the proven redeemers like The Bogeyman or Goodnight, God bless and avoid this uninspired offering…


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