Pamela Ludwig heads the cast as likable college reporter Toni Daniels in RUSH WEEK, a campus caper which doesn't quite succeed.
A student at Tambers College, Toni is assigned to cover rush-week activities for the school paper, the Tornado Watch--a seemingly routine assignment. But it isn't long before she goes from attending frat house parties to uncovering murder. The first victim is Julie Ann McGuff (Kathleen Kinmont).
After posing nude for a sleazy photographer in a campus building one night, Julie is stalked and killed by a tall man in a black robe.
The next day, Julie's roommate tells Dean Grail (Roy Thinnes) that Julie is missing. He doesn't seem too alarmed by the news and suggests that wild fraternity Beta Delta Beta, which he hates, might have something to do with it. Toni finds out about the disappearance and interviews Dean Grail
about Julie and another murder which happened on campus last year. Dean Grail says Julie is a flake who's dropped out of sight before, and insists that there is nothing strange going on at Tambers College. That evening another female coed is murdered.
Meanwhile, Julie is still gathering material for her piece about rush week. Attending a party at Beta Delta Beta, she meets Jeff Jacobs (Dean Hamilton), head of the fraternity. Jeff is a nice but strange and kind of moody young man, yet manages to charm Toni very quickly. After dating awhile, she
confides in Jeff's close friend Byron Rogers(Don Grant) about Jeff's moodiness. Byron reveals that Jeff's girlfriend, who was also Dean Grail's daughter, was murdered on campus last year. That evening, a third woman, after posing for nude photos in the science building, is murdered.
Determined to solve these mysterious disappearances, Toni discovers that all three victims were posing for nude photos and that the photographer is the leacherous campus cook Arnold Kragen (John Donovan). So, on the night of Beta Delta Beta's big Halloween party, Toni arranges to meet with the
cook and Jeff in the science building. As the three are wandering around the building, the shutterbug cook is killed by the mystery stalker. Toni, unarmed of course, eventually runs into the masked man. It's Jeff! But wait, there's another ax-wielding killer donning a long black robe--it's Dean
Grail! Before being killed in the climactic fight scene, Grail reveals that he murdered these women who posed nude--his own daughter included--in order to "purify them."
Despite the skillful cinematography and editing which help to create some suspenseful moments, RUSH WEEK suffers from several plot flaws. Mainly, the investigative heroine Toni, for all her obvious smarts, takes too many dangerous and unnecessary risks. And even though the performances are
believable enough, we need to learn more about the characters, particularly Dean Grail. Also, during the murder scenes, the campus is always completely vacant and dark.
Viewing RUSH WEEK, it's obvious some care went into its production. However, screenwriters Russell V.Manzatt and Michael W. Leighton and director Bob Bralver's attempt at an on-campus mystery/thriller ends up being only another exploitation flick with women as its primary victims. (Violence,profanity, sexual situations, nudity.)
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: R
- Review: Pamela Ludwig heads the cast as likable college reporter Toni Daniels in RUSH WEEK, a campus caper which doesn't quite succeed. A student at Tambers College, Toni is assigned to cover rush-week activities for the school paper, the Tornado Watch--a seemin… (more)