May 172022

The early 1980s produced many slashers in an attempt to take advantage of the successes of the Friday the 13th and Halloween franchises, and Girls Nite Out is one of them, however there’s nothing here I found all that entertaining.



Girls Nite Out

Genre(s): Horror, Suspense/Thriller
Arrow Video| R – 97 min. – $39.95 | May 17, 2022

Date Published: 05/17/2022 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Robert Deubel
Writer(s): Gil Spencer Jr. & Kevin Kurgis & Joe Bolster & Anthony N. Gurvis (screenplay), Gil Spencer Jr. & Kevin Kurgis & Joe Bolster (story)
Cast: Hal Holbrook, Rutanya Alda, Suzanne Barnes, Lauren-Marie Taylor, David Holbrook

Features: Commentary, Interviews, Trailer
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (PCM 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English
Disc Size: 48.25 GB
Total Bitrate: 41.02 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

Arrow Video provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 1½/5

Plot Synopsis: A scavenger hunt game is planned one night for the Dewitt University sorority. The game takes the girls from graveyards to bellfrys and from beds to bathtubs. The terror begins as one by one, each girl is mysteriously murdered by a sadistic maniac. After each killing, the murderer telephones the local radio station and recites a clue about the evil things he is doing to each girl. Ex-cop Mac McVey (HAL HOLBROOK) pieces together the sinister clues.

Quick Hit Review: With the “boutique” distribution companies releasing anything and everything on physical media, Blu-ray especially, you’re going to get a wide array of quality titles some fun bad and many just plain bad. This includes the numerous slasher flicks that came out of the early 1980s with the successes of Halloween and Friday the 13th. Personally I’ve come across a few titles like New Year’s Evil, and the latest is Girls Nite Out.

This is a film that, even though it’s only 97-minutes long, I had a really difficult time paying attention with the first 40-minutes filled with set-up for characters and their dynamics with one another that I couldn’t care less about. The remainder has some okay kills but nothing terribly special and the rest I kind of zoned out.



This release comes with a really nice title-embossed slip cover that kind of reminds me of the Vinegar Syndrome slip covers. The inside sleeve is also reversible and comes with a booklet.

Audio Commentary — Genre Film Critic/Author Justin Kerswell and Film Historian/Author Amanda Reyes


  • Staying Alive (19:25) — Actress Julia Montgomery
  • A Savage Mauling (15:30) — Actress Laura Summer
  • Alone in the Dark (8:44) — Actress Lois Robbins
  • It Was a Party (20:55) — Actor Paul Christie
  • Love & Death (16:56) — Actors Lauren-Marie Taylor and John Didrichsen
  • Archive Interview (6:45) with Julia Montgomery

This is a pretty good selection, all cast members, each giving their backgrounds on their careers, how they got the role and finally memories on working on the project.

This release also includes The Scaremaker Alternate Title Card (0:23) and Original Trailers for The Scaremaker title and Girls Nite Out.


VIDEO – 4½/5

Girls Nite Out comes to Blu-ray through Arrow Video, presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio. The 1080p high-definition transfer was taken from a 2K resolution scan from a variety of 35mm prints as some of them were in different conditions, in addition there were “very brief sections” that were sourced from an SD tape master, then digitally restored. As such, and mentioned at the opening of the movie, there were some obvious signs of picture wear, and this is the best presentation of the movie as possible. With that being said, and yes there are some noticeable scratches, dust marks and such that permeates many shots, I thought all things considered this was a good job by Arrow once again.

AUDIO – 4½/5

The included PCM Mono track was taken from the 35mm optical track and then restored and remastered. This also was pretty impressive, with dialogue mostly coming across with fine clarity and decent enough depth for a singular channel track. In addition, there were no apparent pops or hisses.


OVERALL – 2½/5

Overall, the early 1980s produced many slashers in an attempt to take advantage of the successes of the Friday the 13th and Halloween franchises, and Girls Nite Out is one of them, however there’s nothing here I found all that entertaining with bland characters and pacing that left me bored most of the time. On the plus side, this Arrow Video release does have some good features along with a nice slip cover.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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