“Night School” is a 1981 slasher film that was directed by Ken Hughes. He’s known for directing “Casino Royale,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and “Cromwell.” Those are just a few he’s known for. “Night School” was his last film that he directed. Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, and Drew Snyder had starred in the slasher. By the way “Night School” was Rachel Ward’s screen debut!
Well according to its history, the critics denounced it and it was labeled as a “video nasty.” Really if it hadn’t been for Warner Archive, it wouldn’t have a DVD release right now. So that’s a good thing especially for those looking for all those early slashers! So “Night School” was shot entirely in Boston. It’s basically about these young women that go to Wendell College and they are being murdered off. The police keep finding the bodies decapitated and call their killer a “headhunter.”
Rachel Ward’s character is an exchange student, that just so happens to be getting cozy with her anthropologist teacher (played by Drew Snyder). Well he’s not the biggest faithful person out there, you find out that he’s more than just a teacher with a lot of his students. Anyway, Leonard Mann played the lieutenant on the case. He thinks he knows the killer, but finds out that he might have to dig just a little deeper.
Anyway, “Night School” definitely has its extreme moments for its time, but there are far worse out there. It’s the perfect film for those looking for more than just your usual slasher fare like “Friday the 13th” or any of the more popular ones. Is it perfect? Not exactly, but there are some what the heck kind of moments that make you keep watching. Would say the killer isn’t too hard to find out, but what happens at the end is what will get you. It’s just too crazy and a little maddening.
Overall for an hour and 33 minutes, it’s worth the watch. The aquarium scene with a turtle feasting on human flesh, is just so campy in a good way. Heck, in the beginning were already treated to a horror scene. That’s why “Night School” deserves more fans, it’s not the greatest but it delivers its own twists and turns. Though it’s not too hard to know where the director is going, it’s still worth the ride. For being called “Night School” you don’t have to worry about seeing too many classroom scenes either. All three main actors too seemed to really take their roles seriously too. So what did you guys think of this ’80s slasher film? Share your thoughts in the comments