Written by: Carroll Jenkins on August 17th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, August 7th, 1981
Director: Mickey Rose
Writer: Mickey Rose
Cast: Kristen Riter, Matthew Goldsby, Richard Belzer, Joe Flood, Joe Talarowski, Mimi Weddell, Carl Jacobs, Peggy Cooper, Janice E. O’Malley, Kevin Mannis, Sara Eckhardt, Brian Batytis, Cullen G. Chambers, Joan Browning Jacobs, Angela Bressler
BluRay released: August 25th, 2015
Approximate running times: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo English
BluRay Release: Olive Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
Just as Airplane! spoofed disaster movies by inundating the viewer with the sheer volume of gags, Student Bodies attempts the same with the slasher / giallo theme. Unlike most rip-offs and many legitimate sequels, this is a sincere attempt to achieve the same highs and lows as its inspiration. The creators studied the Airplane! formula thoroughly, and execute it, if not with class, then at least with mad fervor.
This is an engaging movie if you’re not looking for horror, suspense, or exploitation. The usual conventions are all present and accounted for: heavy breathers, promiscuous teens, locker room scenes, killer’s point-of-view tracking shots, promiscuous babysitters, eccentric high school staff, etc. The major emphasis of the plot is that casual sex can kill you through “inventive” murders by various and varyingly absurd methods. Sight gags, sound gags, clichés, absurdities, and product placement parodies (subsidies?) abound. Despite the R rating, there is no overt violence, no nudity, and about three utterances of mild profanity. However, non-PC humor abounds.
The performances are all perfectly suited to the material. If they were any better they would bear not the slightest resemblance to the giallo / slasher genre. Of special note is the only film appearance of “The Stick” as gangly and memorable Malvert the Janitor.
In the final analysis, Student Bodies is a clever parody of pop cinema. It eventually creates a style and a plane of reality all it’s own, and manages some clever twists and turns along the way. Just repeat to yourself, “It’s only a satire, it’s only a satire, it’s only a satire”.
Student Bodies comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. And just like Olive Films other releases for titles that were previous released by Legend Films. This new transfer improves upon Legend Films aforementioned DVD in every way. With colors looking slightly more vibrant, while black levels and image clarity show the greatest area of improvement. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression and there is a healthy layer of grain throughout.
This film comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD stereo mix in English. There are issues with background noise or distortion and dialog always come through clearly. Range wise things sound very good as every sound effects and grunt are well represented. Not surprising that this film score /soundtrack benefits most from this uncompressed audio mix. Also there are no subtitle options included with this release.
This release comes with no extra content.
Overall Student Bodies gets a solid audio / video presentation from Olive Films.
Note: Olive Films are also releasing this film on DVD.