The Confessional is a periodic article that is at the heart and soul of Cinefessions. It features a writer discussing a film that he or she previously missed out on, be it a classic of cinema, or simply a movie that they’ve always wanted to see but never have, and often in detail. Entering the Confessional today is Chris Ranson to discuss “the world’s first comedy horror movie”: Student Bodies.
Title: Student Bodies (1981)
Director: Mickey Rose
Runtime: 86 minutes
Viewer: Chris Ranson
Sometimes a film will come out of nowhere and you just HAVE to see it. In 1996, my horror world was blown apart by a little film called Scream, which was a horror film that was made for the horror fan. Scream is smart, funny, and pays homage to the classics of the genre. Four years later we got Scary Movie, a scene-by-scene spoof of Scream. Frankly, Scary Movie just wasn’t very good, but it somehow spawned four sequels, and essentially revived the spoof/satire genre.
A few weeks ago I was browsing my Amazon Instant Video lineup, thanks to a free trial, and this horror film called Student Bodies was sitting there, just begging to be watched. I’d heard the name before, but knew nothing about the film. Within seconds of hitting play, I realized it was a slasher film spoof, nineteen years before Scary Movie! The first obvious clue was that the film takes place on Jamie Lee Curtis’ birthday (November 22nd). Continue reading