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"After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 100-meter race, a killer wearing a sweatsuit and a fencing mask beings killing off her friends on the school track team one by one. The suspects include the track coach Michaels, Laura's sister Anne who arrives in town for the funeral, the creepy school principal Mr. Guglione, and Laura's strange boyfriend Kevin."

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Review Date: 23 September 2003 My Rating: out of 5


When track team member Laura Ramstead dies from a blood clot after winning her final race at Midvale High, a killer starts bumping off her athletic peers right before their graduation.

This film is actually quite enjoyable if not a bit too cheesy. The main action begins as Laura's sister Anne arrives home from the Navy to collect a posthumous award on her sister's behalf, that's when the killing starts in an assortment of athletics related deaths.

Moving along at a fast pace (It has to, as the killer times the deaths with a stop watch to ensure that each victim suffers for as long as Laura did which was seconds) the film boasts some unusual camera angles and some really good editing for the early 's, with colour washes and nightmarish surreal edits, that succeed in creating a weird almost Carrie-esque atmosphere.

The actors are all quite good, but it's the very beautiful Patch Mackenzie as Anne, who comes off the best, as some of the characters have to do some dumb stuff, for example one girl can't run away from the killer as she is busy shaving her legs in the sink at school!!

Surprisingly, this film seems to have been the main inspiration for 'Urban Legends Final Cut' as we have a sibling returning to collect a posthumous award, a blonde girl who likes to go jogging in the woods surrounding campus, and a killer in a fencing outfit. The similarities are striking!!

Even in it's cheesiest moments this manages to entertain, a highlight being the excellent Linnea Quigley running from the killer whilst struggling to keep her blouse shut. Carmen Electra eat your heart out!!

A bit cheesy but quite entertaining and there is far worse out there that you could watch.

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