Saturday, May 3, 2014

Girls Nite Out (1982)

Director: Robert Deubel

Writers: Gil Spencer Jr., Kevin Kurgis, Joe Bolster, Anthony N. Gurvis

Composer: ???

Starring: Julia Montgomery, James Carroll, Suzanne Barnes, Rutanya Alda, Al McGuire, Lauren-Marie Taylor, David Holbrook, Hal Holbrook, Laura Summer, Mart McChesney, Carrick Glenn, John Didrichsen, Lois Robbins, Matthew Dunn, Susan Pitts

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They all went in, but only a few got out!

Plot: The day after a homecoming basketball game the victory party, an all-nighter scavenger hunt, is held on the campus of a small Ohio college. A killer is on the loose wearing the school mascot bear costume and is murdering the cheerleaders. The campus chief security officer Mac (Hal Holbrook), whose daughter was a victim of a similar killer, tries to find out whose behind it before more killings happen.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Beware of that trailer.  It REALLY makes it look salacious.  It's not.  Not a drop of nudity, not that it's necessary but in this picture it would've helped.  With the exception of a couple of things, it's pretty damn slow.  The first kill doesn't happen until 33 minutes in and the kills aren't particularly fun, gory or imaginative.  What I did like though were the two best friends (I can't recall their names) that are always together and cutting up.  These guys were fun even if not everything they said and did was funny (they tried).  You could tell they were at least trying their best with material that couldn't live up to it.  Hal Holbrook was a welcome addition but you could tell his heart wasn't in it.  Hey, it was a one day job to film all of his scenes.  He did fine I guess.  The surprise ending was really great but it was too late.  The middle 40 minutes dragged like crazy.  It's a shame because I get a little excited whenever I come across an early 80s slasher flick I haven't seen before (or heard of). 

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