Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cutting Class (1989)

Directed by:
Rospo Pallenberg

If this was indended to be a slasher movie spoof - kind of hard to tell since many of them were so hopelessly cliched to begin with - it didn't go far enough. Regardless, it'll likely never go out of circulation because current mega-star Brad Pitt (one of the most overrated actors on the planet) has a early co-starring role, which naturally all of the new DVD reissues naturally play up on big time. Pitt plays the jock boyfriend of 80s teen Scream Queen Jill (THE STEPFATHER) Schoelen and the two were apparently an item off-screen as well. Donovan Leitch (who is the son of singer Donovan and also appeared in the good BLOB remake a year earlier) also stars as the troubled new guy in school, who has just been released from an insane asylum and peaks the leading ladies interest because he's, you know, a bad boy. Someone starts killing people off in "creative" ways like baking them in a kiln and smashing their head against a xerox machine. Poor Martin Mull spends most of his screen time crawling around in the muck with an arrow sticking out of his back. Roddy McDowell plays a mean teacher. A chick cheerleads without panties on. It's not very good.


1 comment:

spookyx3 said...

pee-yew! was almost as surprised to see martin mull here as when he showed up in the barbarian brothers' THINK BIG (1989).

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