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Student Bodies (1981)

Kristen Riter , Matt Goldsby , Mickey Rose  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kristen Riter, Matt Goldsby, Richard Brando
  • Directors: Mickey Rose
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016LFG2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Student Bodies" on IMDb

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This killer comedy is the original teenage parody horror film taken to the extreme! The screams are as frequent as the laughs as a crazed, heavy-breathing murderer terrorizes Lamab High with a series of mysterious deaths. Everyone is a suspect and no one is safe from the hilarious twists and turns as Breather terrorizes and kills sex-starved couples. When the body count rises, one student attempts to solve the mystery and instead finds herself a suspect. Does she survive or become another victim? It s anyone s guess in this satirical romp of horror!

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Most Hardcore horror fans have a list of movies that have never had a dvd release or that have been out of print for a long time and need a re-release. Legend Films has teamed with Paramount to help shorten that list a bit. The title that I was most happy to see being released on DVD for the first time is 1982 s slasher comedy Student Bodies. This movie is like a cross between Carrie and Airplane! and predates the Scary Movie franchise by 19 years.

Student Bodies centers around the students and staff of Lamab High, as one by one they are picked off by The Breather. The Breather is a galoshes wearing killer with a bizzare choice of weapons and apparently a bad case of asthma. The movie starts out on Friday the 13th and jumps right into the action as promiscuous teens are picked off with everything from paper clips to horse head bookends and including an eggplant. There is an on screen death count just to help viewers keep track of the action and also a nifty arrow that helps viewers realize when a door is left unlocked or a window opened. My favorite moment of the show though, hands down is the breakaway to a news desk where the movie s R rating is discussed and then earned. The cast is full of campy actors who specialize in cheese and do great in keeping the bad jokes and sight gags flowing throughout the movie. There is one character named Malbert who is honestly a human cartoon. The guy is probably 7 foot tall and has to weigh less than 100 pounds. He contorts his limbs throughout the movie in ways that had me doing a double take as it didn t seem humanly possible. In the credits the actor is listed as The Stick so I have no idea of his real name.

If you like Scary Movie (Sydney!) then you will love this, the grandfather of horror comedies. If you are a child of the 80 s then go out and pick this one up, I guarantee you will have fun. This movie, much like the Zucker Brothers classic Airplane! is full of great quotes (Did you just hang up on me?!) and there is definitely unlimited re-watch-ability. The release is a bit bare of special features, although the original trailer is included and is fun to watch as well. The SRP of this movie is $14.99 and is worth every penny. I definitely recommend you go out and purchase this one, you will not regret it. --Friday Night Frights on SwitchPlanet.com


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60 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Student Bodies started it all..... February 11, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This movie is funny beyond belief....a killa crazy comedy.
Paramount Studios should absolutely finally release this movie on dvd.

When Student Bodies first came out in 1981 it was completely unique, no one had ever done a horror spoof before. Hense the original Movie poster proclaiming "At last The world's first comedy horror movie".
Student Bodies was written and directed by Mickey Rose, who collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplays for Allen's early films.
The film had a completely unknown and still unknown cast *Kristen Riter* Toby Badger, *Matt Goldsby* Hardy, *Richard Brando* The Breather,
Student Bodies had a notoriously difficult production and producer Michael Ritchie, Ritchie opted to take his name off the picture, instead using the Director's Guild pseudonym.

This movie has become quite popular since it's release on video in the early eighties and is still available on VHS and can be seen sometimes on late night/early morning television becoming a CULT CLASSIC.....BUT WHEN IS THIS CULT CLASSIC GOING TO BE AVAILABLE ON DVD?

This killa Crazy comedy is every teenage horror film you've ever seen from the 70's and 80's and every horror movie cliche is taken to hilarous extremes of laughter. The screams are as frequent as the laughs as a crazy murderer or maybe murderess terrorizes Lamab High.

But the senior class is not going to take it lying down most of all Toby Badger...*KRISTEN RITER*. a mousy good girl you know like in all horror films Toby's the virgin. Toby's putting herslef and her beau in some silly positions so she can find out who's "the breather". a killer who is murdering her non-viriginal friends with a pair of rubber gloves and garbage bags and other unusal weapons of choice.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny beyond belief May 22, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
You have to love one of the earliest parodies of 70s horror flicks.
Some highlights of the film that make it hilarious:
* Our killer (you never see his face, just heavy breathing, gloves, and galoshes) is looking over weapons and picks the deadliest one of them all...an unfolded paperclip!! * The ongoing "body count" that flashes on the screen everytime someone dies! * Our killer talking to the teacher: Teacher (on phone): "Why does your voice sound funny? Killer: "Because I'm disguising it, schmuck!" "How?" "I'm talking through a rubber chicken." "It sounded like you're talking through a rubber chicken." "'Click!'" "Did you just hang up?" "No, I just said 'click.'" * One of my favorite quotes as the principal "confesses": "All these years I've been naked underneath these clothes." * The killer as he chases a girl: "Why do they always run? Maybe it's the galoshes! They're a dead giveaway! Why do I wear them? It's not even raining!" *You have to love a movie that uses an eggplant for a murder weapon.
Okay, so the humor is bad and dated...but in the right mood with a lot of friends, it's downright funny.
I'm amazed that it's still in print. Enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Student Bodies started it all..... February 5, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Paramount Studios should absolutely finally release this movie on dvd.
When Student Bodies first came out in 1981 it was completely unique, no one had ever done a horror spoof before. Hense the original Movie poster proclaiming "The world's first comedy horror movie".
This movie has become quite popular since it's release on video in the early eighties and is still available on VHS and can be seen sometimes on late night/early morning television becoming a CULT CLASSIC.....BUT WHEN IS THIS CULT CLASSIC GOING TO BE AVAILABLE ON DVD?
This killa Crazy comedy is every teenage horror film you've ever seen from the 70's and 80's and every horror movie cliche is taken to hilarous extremes of laughter. The screams are as frequent as the laughs as a crazy murderer or maybe murderess terrorizes Lamab High.
But the senior class is not going to take it lying down most of all Toby Bager...*KRISTEN RITER*. a mousy good girl you know like in all horror films Toby's the virgin. Toby's putting herslef and her beau in some silly positions so she can find out who's "the breather". a killer who is murdering her non-viriginal friends with a pair of rubber gloves and garbage bags and other unusal weapons of choice.
With help from her boyfriend Hardy...*MATT GOLDSBY*(Student Bodies,Frances) who's the town nerd of sorts who's always there by Toby's side if she needs him. Hardy's trying his best to protect and save Toby. But at the same time trying to protect and save himself.
The characters are Ducking such lethal weapons such as paper clips, blackboard erasers and horse-head bookends, they set about confronting the mysterious "Breather" and other things that go bump in the night.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scary Movie before there ever was Scary Movie June 6, 2008
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Student Bodies is by no means to be taken seriously, which you can probably figure out just by looking at the DVD cover. Basically Scary Movie before there ever was Scary Movie, Student Bodies gleefully spoofs the slasher flicks that began achieving mega-popularity in the late 70's/early 80's, and features Richard "Detective John Munch" Belzer (here credited as Richard Brando) as the voice of the heavy breathing killer that picks off teens ready to get it on. Full of some nice visual gags and even funnier dialogue, Student Bodies just comes off as way too tame considering the kind of films it is spoofing. You won't find any nudity, gore, or barely any foul language in Student Bodies, which is disappointing in itself. Not to mention that it loses steam by the time it begins to wind down, with some just plain unfunny moments as well. Still, Student Bodies is fun for a while, and deserves a place in slasher and spoof movie history for being a bit ahead of it's time. Worth checking out, but if you're looking for the aforementioned lewd goods here, you won't find much.
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