"This dark and brooding chiller import proves that not only Americans can make effective horror films. Just like OIe Bornedals Danish original "Nightwatch", "School's Out" provides a highly menacing atmosphere from start to finish and some unexpected plot twists. It also delivers a top-notch performance from its female lead. Great Grand Guignol set pieces abound in the eerie main location of the ancient school building. The visionary quality of some scenes also adds a special touch and makes this more of an "adult" horror film than a common teenie slasher."
Lonni Sexton | United States | 08/01/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well I saw this movie in the previews section of $LA$HER$ and thought i would check it out...I'm gonna keep it short and say that this movie was not that bad. It had a cool and original killer, a few good plot twists, and good characters. the only thing that made it not that enjoyable was the german. Now I am all for films in diffrent langauges, I don't mind ready subtitles. But the subs here [are bad]. I put them on cause I heard the dubbing was bad, but the subs are worse. First off they are always late. Like 10 seconds after someone says something the sub comes on. And by then someone else is prolly allready talking so it gets very confusing. So about half way through the movie I gave up and switched it to dubbs, wich wasn't that bad acctualy. Although the voice acting isn't that good the are better than the subs.So besides the [bad] subs and dubbs this movie is good. A few scary parts, good acting, and cool killer. I recomend."
The most atmospheric slasher since "Halloween"
Lonni Sexton | 04/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A German TV movie trying to compete with Hollywood genre movies? Sounds audacious, doesn't it? But SURPRISE: it is the most atmospheric slasher since "Halloween." An advice to everyone who has problems with the English dubbing: the DVD contains the original German language version with English subtitles and leaves a completely different impression of the quality of the performances and the actual impact of the film's subtext violence. Highly recommended."
*It was pretty decent!*
Melinda | US of A!!! | 02/03/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so I'm a movie buff. I'm trying to get into the production side of film making and I have to say this film would have probably been like a stepping stone for me or a gateway into the major horror films. It wasn't bad at all. Except for a few annoying things:I agreed with some of the others, the dubbing did get on my nerves at first but then I just stopped paying attention to the actors' lips. The acting could have used a bit more work on some of the characters but they were better than most American actors today, so I didn't mind that too much. And yeah the opening scene could have been written a lot better and with more originality (it did seem like the opening for SCREAM.) But all in all the movie had a good twist at the end which surprised me and I must say the soundtrack was pretty good! I think the Germans are getting the idea of what makes a good scary movie. . . surprises and a good track!!"
A terrifying german TV - Thriller !
Michael | Cologne, NRW Germany | 01/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think the people shouldn't give a bad mark for this movie, because it's just a german TV-Horrormovie, but goog for that.
A few actors of this chilling movie are german soap-stars. Of course this movie followed the concept of "Scream" and "Urban Legend" and it has a good and scary atmosphere. This movie for example isn't the only german scary movie (OK, one year later a bad sequel was made, it was called "Boarding school for girls - no one can hear you scream"). There are a few movie, which are normaly untypical for a country like Germany. In 2000 the most favourite german scary movie was "Anatomy", in the same year "Flashback - Murderous Holidays" was made, the most chilling product of the german movie-industry. In 2001 "Swimming Pool-The death celebrates with you" was a product of a german director with a cast of americans,germans and actors from England. But it was a big flop in all cinemas. I'm from Germany, I can garanty for it. But "School's out" is very good for a TV- movie."