School Killer - Nos van a Matar a Todos
José Luis Berlanga, Mariví de Villanueva for Sociedad Audiovisual Dos Orillas/TVE, canal+, ICAA
directed by Carlos Gil
starring Carlos Fuentes, Zoe Berriatúa, Olivia Molina, Carmen Morales, Elena Candorcio, Kwenya Carreira, Paul Naschy, Itziar Miranda, Manuela Velasco, Aitor Beltrán, Antonio Hueso, Antonio Arenas, Sergi Mateu, Ana Vega
written by Tino Blanco, Mercedes Holgueras, music by David San José, special effects by Raúl Romanillos
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For a night of partying, Ramón (Carlos Fuentes) takes his friends -
Jordi (Zoe Berriatúa), Maria (Olivia Molina), Sandra (Carmen Morales),
Pam (Elena Candorcio) and Larry (Kwenya Carreira) - to an abandoned school
building in th emiddle of nowhere, where his now deceased father ahd a
similar party 27 years ago. However, things get strange almost immediately
when lights go on and off in the house although there is no power supply,
phones start ringing though the line is cut, a bunch of kids seem to be
partying in another part of the house but whenever Ramón and friends want
to find them they are gone, a spooky caretaker (Paul Naschy) roams the
hallways, and then they bump into a girl covered in blood but somehow lose
Soon they decide the best thing to do is to stay together all the time,
and when headstrong Sandra seperates from the others anyhow, she is soon
found horribly mutilated ...
Now it's Ramón's turn to thell his friends the whole truth, his dad
(Antonio Arenas) did not just come here to party all these years ago, it
was also the night when his friends were slaughtered and horribly
mutilated by the school's caretaker - yup, the very same Ramón and
friends saw roaming the hallways - before he managed to kill th ecaretaker
and throw him into the school's well - in that respect it's not quite
clear why Ramón was hell-bent on spending a night here with his friends
as well, but nevermind.
Anyways, after they hear this story, Pam and Larry flee in panic - and
both fall victim to the killer - while the other three try to figure out
what's actually happening, and esoteric girl Pam comes up with explanation
after explanation - until early the next morning they learn the
truth ... they have all six been slaughtered the night before and are
already in their afterlife ...
By and large, School Killer is of course your typical teen
slasher, and also a typical second generation slasher that's full of
references to older movies of its kind. Also, Paul Naschy plays his role -
maybe one of his worst, most one-dimensional roles - as the typical
slasher villain, a typical over-the-top baddie with no depth to him. That
all said, School Killer is also unusually atmospheric for a movie
of its ilk, instead of merely banking on its gore scenes (which are there,
of course), the film succeeds in evoking a feel of unease throughout, and
adds a layer of mystery to its rather predictable story, equipping a plot
that's rather linear by (genre-)definition with a few twists and surprises
one wouldn't expect. In that respect, it's sad to say that the ending is
an underwhelming let-down, but other than thatit's a very enjoyable piece
of horror cinema.