Rush Week – USA, 1988 – reviews

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‘It’s a picture perfect college with a perfectly terrifying secret.’

Rush Week is a 1988 American slasher horror film directed by Bob Bralver (Midnight Ride) based on a screenplay by Russell V. Manzatt and Michael W. Leighton (producer of Pale Blood). It was released on 1 January 1989.

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Main cast:

Pamela Ludwig (Pale Blood), Dean Hamilton, Roy Thinnes (The Norliss Tapes; The Horror at 37,000 Feet; Satan’s School for Girls), Donald Grant, Courtney Gebhart, John Donovan, David Denney, Todd Eric Andrews, Laura Burkett, Jay Pickett, Edward Rayden, Mark Clayman, Toni Lee.

Dominick Brascia (actor in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning; director of Evil Laugh) and Kathleen Kinmont (Halloween 4) have small cameo roles. New wave band The Dickies play three songs and rock star Greg Allman makes a brief appearance as a stoner student adviser.

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Plot:

Tambers College: Budding student reporter Toni Daniels investigates the disappearance of female students and begins to suspect that they are related to the Dean and the fraternity rituals being held during Rush Week…

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Reviews:

“If the producers had decided to veto the lashings of blood for fear of extreme censorship, they certainly didn’t scrimp on the nudity. There are more breasts on display here than feeding time in a maternity ward…” Luisito Joaquín González, A Slash Above...

“The acting in Rush Week is pretty solid and benefits from having a decent budget. The film is shot and edited competently and entertains you enough to distract you from how lame the kills are.” 80s Horror Central

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“The main selling points of Rush Week are some interesting guest appearances and a wealth of naked flesh… If you’re looking for more than nudity and fun, then you’ll be disappointed, but for the less discerning viewer Rush Week is entertaining enough.” Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies

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“Contemptuous enough to name one of the bisected bimbos “Julie McGuffin“, this is a plodding non-mystery scattered with naked co-eds and bloodless batterings…” The Aurum Encyclopedia of Film: Horror

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“This vacillates between slasher scenes and unfunny prankster gags being pulled on the campus folks by the Beta Delta Beta … Bob Bralver’s direction is pretty lousy.” John Stanley, Creature Features

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Choice dialogue:

Jeff: “Wake up! This is real life, not some stupid horror movie.”

Filming locations:

637 S Lucerne Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA (fraternity)
VA Hospital – 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA

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