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Cutting Class Review

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Cheerleader Paula is being pursued by two guys - one, Brian, has recently been released from mental hospital; the other, Dwight (Pitt) is the school bad boy. When murdered students start turning up, she begins to suspect both.

★★★★

Charles Laughton directed once. Shame. So did Brando. Tragedy. Presumably Rospo Pallenberg, director of this tension-free Halloween rip-off, realised that he and talent were but distant pen pals and laid down the megaphone. Praise be!

The tale of a cheerleader caught between two would-be beaus, and incidentally being stalked by a ruthless serial killer (is there any other kind?) is the sort of thing that could work - if directed by Wes Craven and called something like, say, Scream. But in Pallenberg's hands, it just doesn't work. The only way that this is likely to enjoy a resurrgence is in clips on Before They Were Famous, for the appearance of a young Brad Pitt.

Dire, B-movie cheese throughout, this gives no clue that Pitt - or anyone else involved - could ever have a career in Hollywood.