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Student Bodies (1981)

Student Bodies




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In this slasher film parody, a psychotic serial killer called "The Breather" is killing off sexually active high school students when not making threatening phone calls (with a rubber chicken disguising his voice). Among The Breather's weapons of choice are paper clips, eggplants, and wooden horse-head bookends, and one of the murders is committed to commemorate Jamie Lee Curtis's birthday. Student Bodies was written and directed by Mickey Rose, who previously collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplays for several of Allen's early films. The film had a notoriously difficult production and producer Michael Ritchie (best known as director of such films as The Candidate and Downhill Racer) opted to take his name off the picture, instead using the Director's Guild pseudonym Alan Smithee.more
Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Mickey Rose
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On DVD: Jun 3, 2008


Richard Brando
as The Breather
Joe Flood
as Mr. Dumpkin
Joe Talarowski
as Principal Peters
Mimi Weddell
as Miss Mumsley
Carl Jacobs
as Dr. Sigmund
Peggy Cooper
as Ms. Van Dyke
Janice O'Malley
as Nurse Krud
Kay Ogden
as Ms. LeClair
Douglas Cotner
as Mr. Hummers
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All Critics (9)

A slog through broad potty and sex jokes, surface-level satire, and the misplaced conviction that being loud is the same as being funny.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's rough around the edges, but any fan of slasher horror will get a chuckle out of it.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Three Movie Buffs

The class ring of horror/comedies.

Full Review… | June 3, 2008

Nowhere near as funny as the movies it mocks

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

January 23, 2003
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

October 4, 2002
Beach Reporter (Southern California)

Audience Reviews for Student Bodies

A very funny spoof of slasher flicks! It's kind of stupid, but it's enjoyable anyway if you've seen a lot of slasher horror movies. I really enjoyed it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Exuberant, right-on parody of the then-current crop of horror films like HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13TH is one of the great parodies of the period, twenty years before SCARY MOVIE claimed to do the same thing for the first time! Like all good spoofs, it alternates between perfect imitation and surreal departure. There's lots of sexy teens running about in bras and panties, and a really creepy double-jointed guy known only as "The Stick". And this may be the only horror movie to have its "R" rating stuck right in the middle of the picture, thanks to a hilarious bit excised from TV airings of this neglected comedy. Funny murders, kooky/grotesque characters, great trick ending. What's ironic is how many of the trademarks bits of these movies, like the stalking camera and the telephone terrorist, haven't changed a bit in two generations of bad horror films! Produced by the enigmatic non- producer, Allan Smithee. For my money, the three great parodies of this era are AIRPLANE!, CAVEMAN and this.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

"Talking?! During horse head bookends?!"

Early 80's spoof of slashers is filled mostly with silly gags that don't work. A handful of them, however, made me laugh, so I'll be kind.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

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