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Director  William Wiard
Genre  Thriller
Writer  Jennifer Miller
Language  English
5.8/10 IMDb

First episode date  March 7, 1983
Country  United States
Deadly Lessons movie poster
Release date  March 7, 1983
Cast  Donna Reed (Miss Wade), Larry Wilcox (Det. Russ Kemper), David Ackroyd (John Ferrar), Diane Franklin (Stefanie Aggiston), Ally Sheedy (Marita Armstrong), Nancy Cartwright (Libby Dean)
Similar movies  Obsessed (1992), Deadly Visions (2004), Heart of the Storm (2004), Lady Killer (1995), Blind Witness (1989)

Deadly Lessons (also known as Highschool Killer) is a 1983 American made-for-television horror film starring Donna Reed, Larry Wilcox, David Ackroyd, Diane Franklin, Ally Sheedy and Nancy Cartwright. The film premiered on ABC on March 7, 1983.



A teenaged girl, Stephanie Aggiston, is sent to Starkwater Hall Boarding School, a prestigious private girl's academy for the summer to brush up on Advanced French. Stephanie is a country girl and finds the school to be a bit snobbish. She makes friends with Marita Armstrong, Cally and Shama, who is a Saudi princess and her roommate.

Murders began occurring and Det. Russ Kemper comes to investigate. As more girls are killed, everyone worries about who will be next. Stephanie attempts to find the murderer herself. She enlists the help of the new attractive stable-boy, Eddie, who falls in love with her for 'not being like the other girls.' Suspicion soon falls on Eddie as the murderer.

As the summer progresses, the girls are slowly evacuated from the school. Marita is kidnapped on the day she is set to leave by the school's janitor, Robert. Robert bounds and gags Marita in his quarters on campus, somehow deluded into thinking his daughter was Marita's mother (which is not true). When Marita is able to signal from her captivity, Stephanie has Kemper follow her as she heads out "alone" to attract Robert's attention, allowing Kemper to make an arrest and save Marita.

Later, Stephanie is ambushed and chased by a mysterious figure, dressed all in black. The person is revealed to be Kemper, the real killer. The first death, Tember Logan, was an accident, as she drowned. It gave Kemper the idea to kill the other victims as a means of getting revenge on Miss Wade, who is revealed to be his mother, for abandoning him as a child. The murders were a means of ruining the reputations of her and the school. He is taken away and apprehended.


  • Donna Reed as Miss Wade, the schools headmistress
  • Larry Wilcox as Det. Russ Kemper
  • David Ackroyd as John Ferrar
  • Diane Franklin as Stephanie Aggiston
  • Ally Sheedy as Marita Armstrong
  • Donald Hotton as Robert Hartigan
  • Deena Freeman as Lauren Peele
  • Vicki Kriegler as Shama
  • Krista Errickson as Tember
  • Bill Paxton as Eddie Fox
  • RenĂ©e Jones as Calli
  • Nancy Cartwright as Libby Dean
  • Robin Gammell as Morgan Rank
  • Rick Rossovich as Craig
  • Ellen Geer as Mrs. Grant
  • References

    Deadly Lessons Wikipedia
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