Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dare to enter: The Dorm that Dripped Blood (1982)

The Dorm that Dripped Blood (AKA Death Dorm, Pranks) (1982)
rating: **
starring: Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs and David Snow

They have no clue...
Our opening: a gang of random teens jeep-riding to someplace, which honestly came out of random cuz the movie would later turn our attentions to the broken down dorm and some guy wizzing and getting attacked by a killer by chopping his hand in half.

We can easily assume he gets killed since nobody bothers to point out this deed the soonest we are introduced to four college kids who volunteered to clean up the aforementioned dorm, scheduled to be demolished into a pile of rubble some time in the near future. While I'm still having a hard time trying to digest how a building this big got counted as a dorm, the gang goes around with their business but find themselves freaked out by the creepy looking caretaker. (who's so creepy looking, he couldn't be the killer) As much as would like to argue with these kids about the ethics of judging a book by its cover, they seem to be doing fine on their own. They are smart enough to get into college, right?

"Not now, hun, Daddy has a splitting headache"
Either the case, some of these thespians gets picked off without the rest noticing until it's all too late. One of these scenes happens to be my fave for reasons that it's so darn nasty and cheesy, it's mean: when daddy decided to enter the dorm of doom to get his little girl later that night, the killer shows up and bashed him right away with a nailed baseball bat. Then, as if by magic, the killer suddenly shows up behind ole mum and garrotes her with a thin wire. When said teenager finally saw the fate of her parents, the poor thing was so overwhelmed by it that she fainted behind the car, perhaps the most convenient thing I've ever seen in a slasher flick since the looney later crushes her head with her parent's car like a rolling pin.

As day break, the rest of the teens still have no squat of an idea of the fates their friends are ending up so they just went on to working. But when dinners gets disrupted by malfunctioning lights and somebody is seen skulking around, they're quick to realize there's a killer on the loose and they're on the pecking order!

Makes me wanna see Driller Killer again!
The Dorm that Dripped Blood should have been a higher rated slasher flick for my taste; cheese and kills are my two top redeeming factors and the film has both, but my beef with this movie comes from the hardly engaging characters and painfully paced hour or so before the good stuff kicks in. A lot of senseless speculation on the creepy guy (then again, why not? had you seen his hair?), uber cheesy acting, very thin plot, no sign of script, and the tick-from-the-list cliches, it's hard to give this film a passable grade if all of this is a little tiresome to look at but I'll be generous and give it a go for  the gore alone.

In fact, the good gore in this film was its saving point. Luckily for those who have this mindset, Dorm was blessed with enough budget to do enough fake blood and brutal kills to keep a bloodhound happy. Add an equally depressing ending involving cooked meat, a hilarious death by industrial steam cooker (No connection to Sleepaway Camp), and a killer's MO that a little overdone and you'll have yourself the cheese classic that had its fans clamoring about, and me watching in an occasional basis as an answer for my need of bloodlust.
See? Messy gore for the gore fans!
1 male killed, hand chopped in half with machete
1 male head beaten with nailed baseball bat
1 female garroted to death
1 female head crushed by car
1 male powerdrill to the head
1 male dismembered offscreen with machete
1 female boiled to death in steam cooker
1 male bludgeoned to death with wooden board
1 male shot on the head
1 female burned inside a chimney
total: 10


  1. I just showed this my horror fan buddy Ray on Blu-Ray and we had a pretty good time with it. It was one of the first movies I rented on video in my hometown - and that opening scene with the hand - wow, made me a little queasy back in the day! And this was the cut version - the Blu-Ray is way more graphic!

    1. I know. I kinda enjoyed it now, but still ain't much of a classic for me...

  2. I've been flirting with buying this one and keep putting it off. I've not seen it before. Great review, Kaijinu!

    1. if you wanna buy it, buy it for the gore and cheese.