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Student Bodies (1981)
by Perry Seibert review

During a memorial service for a slain student, the high school band performs Beethoven's Ode to Joy at a dirge-like pace. If only the rest of the film were that funny. Wishing to be nothing more than what it is -- a silly parody of Halloween and Friday the 13th -- Student Bodies is rather funny for its first half hour. The film is just as successful as Scream at pointing out the ridiculous clichés of the genre, which is noteworthy considering Wes Craven's film was made 20 years after the industry stopped making teen slasher films, while Student Bodies was made at the time of their popularity. However, unlike Scream, Student Bodies fails miserably when it attempts actual suspense. The last half hour of the film is crushingly dull while the story line, which hardly matters anyway, attempts to work itself out. Basically Scary Movie with an older sensibility, Student Bodies, though occasionally very funny, is not consistent enough to recommend as a comedy or scary enough to be an effective horror film.