Rush Week (1991, directed by Bob Bralver)

When campus coeds start to go missing, student journalist Toni Daniels (Pamela Ludwig) investigates.  At first, she suspects that a local fraternity is responsible and that all of the disappearances are linked to the college’s notoriously wild rush week.  But, after she starts dating Jeff (Dean Hamilton), the president of the fraternity, Toni decides that the killer is probably actually Arnold (John Donavon), a cook in the school’s cafeteria who asked all of the missing girls to model for him.  While Toni and Jeff try to prove that Arnold is responsible for all of the recent disappearances, the school’s puritanical Dean (Roy Thinnes), tries to keep rush week under control.  Good luck with that because no one controls rush week.

Rush Week is a mixes two genres, the campus comedy and the slasher film and it tries to proves that not even a string of murders can spoil a good frat party.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t do a very good job at it.  The comedy isn’t funny, the kills aren’t scary, and the identity of the murderer is obvious from the start.  (Surprise, it’s not Arnold.)  The best performance comes from Roy Thinnes, who gives a performance as the Dean that would make John Vernon proud.  (Almost every actor eventually reaches a point where they have to start taking John Vernon roles to pay the bills.)  Like a lot of bad 90s slashers, Rush Week used to be show up frequently on Late Night Cinemax.  Most people who watched it probably did so because Kathleen Kinmont played the student whose disappearance sets the entire movie in motion.  Kinmont plays a character named Julie Ann McGuffin.  She’s an actual MacGuffin and that’s about as clever as the script gets.

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