Night School (1981)

Night School (1981)

Taglines: Man is the only animal that kills for pleasure.

A Boston police detective investigates a series of gruesome decapitations of various college coeds commited by a helmeted, black-leather clad serial killer which leads him to suspect a well known anthropology professor as well as his female live-in assistant.

Night School (released in the United Kingdom as Terror Eyes) is a 1981 American slasher film, directed by Ken Hughes and starring Rachel Ward, in her feature film debut. The plot revolves around a series of gruesome decapitation murders targeting mostly college coeds in Boston, Massachusetts. The film was originally to be directed by Alfred Sole, but Sole passed on the project. Ken Hughes was ultimately brought in to direct, and Night School was his final film. The music score was composed by Brad Fiedel.

The film premiered at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival in 1981, and was released theatrically in the United States on September 11, 1981. Night School was denounced by critics upon release, and in England became a video nasty. The film has developed a small cult following among slasher fans, and in 2011, it was given its first DVD release by Warner Archive with a remastered transfer.

Night School (1981)

Night School Movie Poster (1981)

Night School (1981)

Directed by: Ken Hughes
Starring: Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, Drew Snyder, Joseph R. Sicari, Nick Cairis, Karen MacDonald, Annette Miller, Elizabeth Barnitz
Screenplay by: Ruth Avergon
Production Design by: William De Seta
Cinematography by: Mark Irwin
Film Editing by: Robert M. Reitano
Music by: Brad Fiedel
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: September 11, 1981