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Final Exam (1981)

A psycho killer shows up on college campus to slash up pretty co-eds and dumb jocks.


Jimmy Huston


Jimmy Huston


Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecile Bagdadi ... Courtney
Joel S. Rice ... Radish
Ralph Brown Ralph Brown ... Wildman
DeAnna Robbins ... Lisa
Sherry Willis-Burch Sherry Willis-Burch ... Janet
John Fallon John Fallon ... Mark
Terry W. Farren Terry W. Farren ... Pledge Gary
Timothy L. Raynor ... Killer
Sam Kilman Sam Kilman ... Sheriff
Don Hepner Don Hepner ... Dr. Reynolds
Mary Ellen Withers Mary Ellen Withers ... Elizabeth
Elijah Christopher Perry Elijah Christopher Perry ... Coach (as Jerry Rushing)
Shannon Norfleet Shannon Norfleet ... Student in Car
Carol Capka Carol Capka ... Student in Car
R.C. Nanney R.C. Nanney ... Mitch
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In a small college in North Carolina, only a select few students are left to take mid terms. But, when a killer strikes, it could be everyone's final exam. Written by Greg Duryea <gduryea@atlantic.net>

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Some pass the test...God Help The Rest!!!


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Did You Know?


The scene where Radish frantically calls on the payphone at the gym proved problematic when the original phone fell off the wall and broke on the first take. The crew had to go out at 4 a.m. and grab another payphone from a gas station for the scene. See more »


When he's discussing speed Wildman's face goes from clean to having cream around his mouth between shots. See more »


Radish: People are killed every day for no reason at all.
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Alternate Versions

About 1 minute of footage was cut from the German VHS, titled "Examen". See more »

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A Personal Fav for Personal Reasons
7 June 2003 | by FinalExamFellaSee all my reviews

I realize I am biased on this one, but I own a copy of this '80s hack-'em-up and watch it regularly. Is it a great movie, on par with the original Halloween or Nightmare on Elm Street? Hell no. But I love it. Why? I must confess, I love it for the simple fact that the movie was filmed on the campus of the college I attended and graduated from. Yep, Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina can boast the honor of being the setting of this film. All the exteriors and most of the interiors(except for a couple shot on a sound stage somewhere in NC and the gym scenes shot at Garner Web College nearby)were shot at my college. As a huge horror fan, it gives me an extra little thrill to watch that film and recognize all the buildings and rooms that I walked daily for four years. And I do think the movie has some good points. It does admirably attempt to develop the characters(even though most of them are so uninteresting I could care less, unfortunately), and I waffle between my feelings on the movie not revealing the killer's motives. Part of me agrees with Billy in Scream(it is scarier when there's no motive, so random), but another part of me longs for the closure of knowing why... In any case, I don't think it's as dreadful a film as others(such as Dorm that Dripped Blood), and the fact that my alma mater hosted the film thrills me. Unfortunately, the school doesn't really advertise the fact. lol I think it should have plaques that announce that this building is where the killer killed the school tramp, and this building housed the final showdown between the killer and the school virgin. I keep hoping they'll come back and film a sequel. Keep your fingers crossed...

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5 June 1981 (USA) See more »

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$374,000 (estimated)
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