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5.0 out of 5 stars Giallo Influenced Head Chopper., 7 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Night School [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Someone in bike leathers is cutting young ladies heads off.
Night School is a 1981 thriller from the director and Screenwriter Ken Hughes of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fame. There's a genuine sense of menace to the giallo influenced stalking scenes. Interestingly a couple of the film's set pieces, one involving Rachel Ward being followed by a weirdo and an attack in a locker room seem to have influenced a pair of similar scenes in Argento's Tenebrae.
It's a much maligned film, often criticized for some wooden acting and lapses in logic. Personally, I think it's a stylish movie, best seen along with Eyes of Laura Mars. Dressed to Kill and Lipstick as an example of American giallo influnced mainstream thrillers rather than as an outright slasher. Night School is very violent, but not horror film graphic and it is also extremely mean spirited. I think the mean streak is the thing that put it on the Video Nasties list,
I've given Night School 5 stars, because I like it and because I was begining to suspect it would never be released in any form. The DVD picture quality is very good.
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