RUSH WEEK (1989) Reviews and Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray news

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Rush Week is being released on Blu-ray by Vinegar Syndrome on April 27th 2021. The film has been newly restored in 2K from its 35mm interpositive. Special features:

Audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues podcast
Interview with actor Dean Hamilton
Interview with actress Courtney Gebhart
Reversible artwork


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

Rush Week is a 1989 American slasher horror film about a female student reporter investigating the disappearance of three attractive coeds.

Directed by Bob Bralver (Midnight Ride) based on a screenplay by Russell V. Manzatt and Michael W. Leighton (producer of Pale Blood). Filmed in 1988, it was released on 1st January 1989.

The movie stars 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 rock band The Dickies play three songs and rock star Greg Allman makes a brief appearance as a stoner student adviser.


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…



“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…” 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

“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

“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

“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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“Unfortunately, Rush Week takes things too slowly and never really escapes its own pitfalls long enough to build adequate amounts of tension and when the action finally does kick in it’s too little too late. Still, it should keep you guessing for at least a few minutes (despite wasting the opportunity for quite a good twist that would make it even more like Scream)…” Vegan Voorhees



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Choice dialogue:

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

Cast and characters:

Pamela Ludwig … Toni Daniels
Dean Hamilton … Jeff Jacobs
Roy Thinnes … Dean Grail
Donald Grant … Byron Rogers
Courtney Gebhart … Jonelle Watson
John Donovan … Arnold Krangen
David Denney … Greg Ochs
Todd Eric Andrews … Harvan
Laura Burkett … Rebecca Winters
Jay Pickett … Parker
Edward Rayden … Ichabod
Mark Clayman … Gordo
Toni Lee … Alma
Johnna Johnson … Cigarette Girl
Dominick Brascia … Peeper
Kathleen Kinmont … Julie Ann McGuffin
Heidi Holicker … Sarah
Gregg Allman … Cosmo Kincaid
Ray Bickel … Officer
Dean Wein … Officer
Darrell Zwerling … Professor Caldwell

Filming locations:

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

Technical details:

96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85: 1
Audio: Ultra Stereo


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