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Student Bodies

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In Brief: The late, great Ken Hanke and I had numerous lengthy and heated debates about the relative merits — or lack thereof, in his opinion — of cult horror parody Student Bodies (1981). This broad farce was the first to lampoon the inherent absurdity of the slasher subgenre when it was still in its infancy, decades before Scream (1996) or Scary Movie (2000) were so much as a twinkle in their respective creators' eyes. It's like Airplane! (1980) with a copious body count and a much, much lower budget. While Ken's review is lost to the sands of time – or buried in the unplumbable depths of the Xpress archive — I can confirm that he gave Student Bodies zero stars out of 5 (incidentally, a feat he told me was impossible when I tried to do the same for my review of Welcome to Me). While I harbor a much deeper affinity for this bizarre and underappreciated little gem than he did, you'll have to come experience it for yourself to see which of us was right.
Score:

Genre: Horror Comedy
Director: Mickey Rose
Starring: Kristen Riter, Matthew Goldsby, Jerry Belson, Joe Flood, The Stick
Rated: R

The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Student Bodies on Thursday, April 12, at 8 p.m. at The Black Cloud, located on the lower level at 723 Haywood Road, with an introduction by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

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