Girls Nite Out!

You know what really turned her on? She loved to be scared, weird and kinky things really got her motor running!

GIRLS NITE OUT (1984)

This delightful little film opens inside an insane asylum. An especially dangerous and psychotic patient named Dickie Cavanaugh is found hanging in his cell. Two orderlies begin digging a grave for an impromptu burial and wind up getting snuffed and thrown into the grave by an unseen maniac for their efforts. Meanwhile at nearby Dewitt University, it’s time to celebrate as the basketball team finally wins a big game and manages to earn a coveted spot in the state championships.

A costume party is thrown in honor of the team later that evening. As the kids party down they swap stories about Dickie Cavanaugh’s murderous legacy on campus. The fun is short lived however, as the basketball team’s token fat slob Pryor picks a fight with Benson, the team’s mascot for flirting with his girlfriend. Pryor angrily rants about “whores taking all they can get” and then storms off. When Benson goes back to his dorm room after the party he is quickly dispatched by the killer, who then swipes his stupid looking bear costume.

The next night, there is a big scavenger hunt sponsored by the campus radio station. The unseen killer sneaks into the radio station and discovers the secret locations where the treasured items are hidden. Armed with this knowledge AND a homemade glove full of steak knives (Freddy Krueger eat your heart out!), the bloodthirsty bear then sets out to brutalize as many bubble headed co-eds as possible. The terror begins as one by one, each girl is mysteriously murdered by the sadistic maniac. The goofy looking ghoul possesses a burning hatred for women and loves to call them bitches and whores while ripping their throats out.

As the body count quickly rises, the head of campus security, Mac (Hal Holbrook!) tries to stop the insanity and find the killer. As police and reporters search the campus for clues Mac receives a phone call from the madman, who claims to be Dickie Cavanaugh. When Mac calls the asylum he discovers that Dickie is indeed dead and that his body was claimed by a relative. Mac is convinced that this mysterious relative holds the key to the secret of the killer’s identity. He then races to stop the scavenger hunt and warn the girls that the next time they go to a fancy dress up party they should check who’s going with them.

This is hands down my all time favorite 80′s slasher flick… where a killer in a bear suit runs around snuffing sorority sluts with a big paw full of steak knives and calls them all bitches, sluts, and whores while doing it! Yes indeed, GIRLS NITE OUT stands out in the 80’s slasher scene in a big way by being particularly off the wall. This flick might seem like run of the mill campus carnage by description, but it’s actually equal parts goofy, mean spirited, and vicious. There’s plenty of corny dialog and a few cheap laughs along the way, but there’s also something especially nasty about the kills, and the way that the killer degrades his female victims. The twist ending is also really well done and rivals other clas-sicks like “Sleepaway Camp” and “Unhinged” in the creepiness department.

Interestingly enough, this film was originally shot in 1982 under the title “The Scaremaker.” It wasn’t picked up for distribution until 1984, when the film was re-titled “Girl’s Nite Out” and marketed to sleazy, exploitive perfection. An incredibly lurid trailer was shot for the release, featuring a scantily clad actress (who does not actually appear in the film) in bed, talking about how fear “really gets her motor running,” and “all the weird things that have been happening lately” highlighted with clips from the film. The print ads were even more graphic, featuring loving closeups of a dead, tied up girl with a slashed throat under the clas-sick headline “You know what really turned her on…” 

Speaking of exploitation, look for a great “phoned in” performance from poor old Hal Holbrook in this baby. Hal shot all of his scenes in one day, never interacts with the other actors, only appears in the finished film in a few brief scenes (usually sitting down at a desk, talking on the telephone), and yet somehow still receives star billing! The producers must have had photos of him blowing a guy or something. Hal’s chubby son David Holbrook co-stars. You might remember him as the fat puking slob who gets an arrow in the throat from “Old Chief Wood’nhead” in “Creepshow 2.” Or not.

Die hard fans of “Revenge Of The Nerds” (myself proudly included) will enjoy seeing Julie Montgomery (Betty!) get the dutch oven treatment from her gassy love interest. Another putrid element of the film is the soundtrack, which features stinky moldy oldies like “Hot Town Summer In The City” and “Yummy Yummy Yummy, I Got Love In My Tummy.” Slasher fans should also keep a look out for brief appearances from Carrick Glen, who stole the show a few years earlier with her sizzling shower scene in “The Burning” and Rutanya Alda, who also starred in the Brain Hammer approved clas-sicks “Christmas Evil” and “Amityville II: The Possession.”‘

“Girls Nite Out” is a must see, very enjoyable flick for hardcore slasher enthusiasts. Fans of cheesy and sleazy slashers with perverse sexual twists like “Sleepaway Camp” should really eat this up. Shriek Show released GIRLS NITE OUT on dvd as part of their “Guilty Pleasures” line of campy cult clas-sicks. The bonus features include an alternate opening credits sequence, a brief interview with Julie Montgomery (who still looks fantastic and rocks a short skirt in her interview!) , and the original theatrical trailer, which I consider to be one of the all time greats. You can also find this one included in Shriek Show’s “Bloody School Girls” triple feature along with “One Dark Night” and the Roberta Findlay haunted whorehouse epic “Blood Sisters.”  Buy or die.

KEEP THE BLOOD FLOWING!!!

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