Cutting Class

Year: 1988

Director: Rospo Pallenberg

Written by: Steve Slavkin

Threat: Psychopath

Weapon of Choice: Hammer

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Rish Outfield's reviews
This was unfathomably stupid. Forgive the length of this review, but it deserves some mention. I HATED this movie. It was among the worst I've ever seen. But here's the thing: it had one or two good story-telling elements, the acting wasn't awful (okay, Jill Schoelen was, but she's pretty), the cinematography, lighting, makeup, sound, and cast were downright GOOD--and yet, the story was horrible, awful, bad-dream-where-you-can't-wake-up B-A-D. It was so poorly written, not even Alan Smithee would claim this dreck. How did Roddy McDowell end up on this project? How did Brad Pitt go anywhere after this? Was the ending rewritten the day they shot it? Okay, here's the thing: from the get-go, we are shown the main suspect (Donovan Lietch), and are told--"THIS guy looks like a killer, doesn't he? And why not? Nobody trusts him, nobody likes him, everybody THINKS he's the killer. And even though other characters ACT more like killers, and have motives that he doesn't, he's the only one you should suspect. HE'S the murderer!" So, instantly, any viewer with half a brain starts to sympathize with him, believes him when he says he didn't do it, notices situations where he couldn't possibly have committed the crimes, sees hints and telltale signs as to who the killer TRULY is, and when it ends, who turns out to be the murderer? THAT GUY (Donovan Lietch) does!
What? But, but, but you TOLD us that he was the killer, and then showed us that everybody was wrong, and that...that... So we're to understand that he was omnipresent and omnipotent? But... I... wait, but you... I'm still scratching my head. Damn them! Damn this movie! Avoid it like the plague!
Best Scare: Martin Mull is in this movie. Consider yourself warned.
Who I'd Recommend It To: Brad Pitt's biggest fan, but only her/him. No one else. You got me?

The tyranist's thoughts
We rented this one because Brad Pitt was on the box. Neither of us is really a big Brad Pitt fan, but we knew that it would get at least one skull by just looking at the box. This movie was abominably stupid. There was no suspense, no horror, and no point. They spend the entire movie convincing us that one person is the killer and then completely illogically change who it is in the last fifteen minutes. I believe that we even saw quite a bit of evidence that the person who turned out to be the killer couldn't possibly have done it. This movie really has nothing to recommend itself. The real downfall of the movie lies in the fact that it has pretty high production values, cool death effects and gore, decent dialogue, a semi-interesting plot. But they throw it all completely away in the last bit. And please, please, please . . . when a character dies, let him die, don't keep him around for the entire movie and then pass of his death as not having happened. I can't count how many movies this has ruined.

Owes everything to/rips off earlier film
Sequel setup
Bad title skull
Bad premise skullskull
Bad acting skull
Bad dialogue skull
MTV Editing
OTS skull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex skull
Characters forget about threat skull
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Toilet stall scene
Victim locks self in with killer
Killer is in car with victim
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare skull
Blood hits camera
Killer doesn't stay dead
Stupid discovery of corpse skull
Dream sequence
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
No one believes only witness
Blood fountain
Poor death effect skull
Excessive gore skull
Music detracts from scene skull
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears skull Brad Pitt
No one dies at all
Death in first five minutes
Virgin survives skull
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes skull
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending skull
What the hell? skullskull

Total Skulls: 22

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