Film Review: Student Bodies (1981)

Release Date: August 7th, 1981
Directed by: Mickey Rose, Michael Ritchie (uncredited)
Written by: Mickey Rose
Music by: Gene Hobson
Cast: Kristen Riter, Matt Goldsby, Cullen Chambers, Richard Belzer (as Richard Brando), Mimi Weddell, Sara Eckhardt, “The Stick” Patrick Boone Varnell

Allen Smithee Classic Films, Universal Southwest Cinema, Paramount Pictures, 86 Minutes


“13 1/2 Murders + 1423 Laughs = Student Bodies” – tagline

I half expected this movie to be so stupid and dull that it was going to be a real chore to sit through its 86 minute running time.

I was surprised by it, though, and I thought that the humor was really good, even if it was pretty stupid. It’s just that enjoyable stupid that comes with a playful goofiness where you can see the actors loving the film’s insanity, which transcends the picture itself and rubs off on the viewer.

It’s also a bit impressive that this parodied the slasher genre so well but it came out in 1981, which was really early in the genre’s cycle.

This is full of some pretty entertaining gags and it’s also full of actors that no one will recognize but should appreciate, as they all hammed it up with gusto and kept this movie rolling at a thunderous pace.

Every scene just has funny, bizarre shit in it. A lot of it doesn’t make sense and the humor does border more on the side of absurdism. The dude passing out hot dogs at the football game had me in hysterics and the janitor was f’n brilliant every time he came onscreen.

There isn’t much to say about this, honestly. The plot is thinner than a supermodel that got runover by a steamroller and it’s so absurd, anyway, that none of it matters. You just need to know that there’s a killer taking out horny teens and none of the clues really add up to anything once the killer is revealed.

Student Bodies is just dumb fun but if you hate really zany, bizarre humor, you’ll probably hate this as well. For me, it was my unique cup of tea.

Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: other ’80s slasher films, as well as good horror comedies.

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