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Student Bodies started it all.....,
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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.
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.
Toby and Hardy are Ducking such lethal weapons such as paper clips, blackboard erasers and horse-head bookends, they set about trying to find the mysterious "Breather" and other things that go bump in the night.
No one is safe from the crazy twists and turns of the looney plot, and a madcap twist of an ending. No one is Safe least of all the student bodies themselves. Football games, pep rallies, parades and senior proms provide background for a movie that leaves no horror movie cliche unexplored.
This movie is Rated R which actually i think is a joke onto itself. cause there is only slight nudity, little Gore, there's only a few bad words said in the entire movie. some lewds jokes but that's the best parts.
This movie is actually quite tame considering all the raunchy teen movies of the 80's and 90's that will follow it. But It is by far the best in my opinion.
Student Bodies was the movie that started the whole horror movie spoofs. This is a great film that I hope will be available on dvd one day. Great laughs, Sharp ,Witty and of course purposely stupidly wonderful. I mean hello it's a comedy not shakespheare.
10...stars TWO thumbs way up.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2010 12:10:56 PM PST
Colleen M. Brady says:
I'd also like to add that, in my opinion, "horse-head bookends" may be one of the best classes one can ever hope to take. If I could have I would have majored in it. The only other thing to keep in mind is, "there's no talking in horse head bookends!"
Posted on Jan 21, 2012 7:13:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 21, 2012 8:50:55 AM PST
Eric Perlin says:
Your review states that this is the first-ever horror spoof. With all due respect, you don't seem to know much about cinema history. Two years before "Student Bodies" there was a Dracula comedy called "Love at First Bite". Five years before that there was a comedy called "Young Frankenstein". Abbott and Costello did several horror spoofs in the 1940's and 1950's. Stan Laurel (before he was teamed with Oliver Hardy) starred in a horror spoof of "Dr. Jekkle and Mr. Hyde" called "Dr. Pickle and Mister Pride", and that was in the 1920's.
In fact, there were dozens and dozens of horror spoofs made before 1981. "Student Bodies", however, might be the first spoof of the "slasher films" genre that was popular in the 1980's.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 10:55:19 PM PDT
I'll watch this movie based on your review, but as Eric Palin pointed out, there had been numerous good horror comedies before, including The Old Dark House, The Ghost And Mr. Chicken, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, The Boogie Man Will Get You, The Spirit Is Willing, The Raven, The Little Shop of Horrors, Spooks Run Wild, Old Mother Riley and The Vampire, etc.
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