31 October 2014

Final Exam (1981)
90 min.
Directed by Jimmy Huston.
With Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice, Ralph Brown, Deanna Robbins, Sherry Willis-Birch, John Fallon, Terry Farren, Timothy Raynor, Sam Kilman, Don Hepner.
A watchable slasher pic from a densely populated era.

A killer stalks a quiet college campus during "Finals Week."

A demure heroine in the form of Bagdadi, and a suspenseful showdown at the end in the campus belltower highlight this mediocre affair.

At its core, there's nothing groundbreaking here. But there are a few good thrills throughout and it has an earnest (if not always fully charged) atmosphere.

Slasher completists have no doubt already sniffed this one out, while all others can put it anywhere near the bottom third of their 'must see' horror list.

Of rather equal note, 1982's similarly-gauged college slaughter Girls Nite Out would make an enjoyable double header.

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