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Thursday, September 24, 2015


Laurie Lapinski in a deserted dorm
THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD (aka Pranks and Death Dorm/1982). Directors: Stephen Carpenter; Jeffrey Obrow.

While Joanne (Laurie Lipinski) and her friends Patti (Pamela Holland), Craig (Stephen Sachs), and Brian (David Snow) prepare to completely clean up the dorm at the start of Christmas vacation, some unknown person is stalking them. Early victims are Debbie (Daphne Zuniga) and her parents, whose bodies are hidden by the maniac. Could the killer be that crazy drifter John (Woody Roll), the handyman Bill (Jake Jones), the repairman Bobby (Dennis Ely), Officer Lewis (Jimmy Betz), or somebody else? Likable characters die especially horrible deaths in this, with one guy getting a drill through the head, and another being boiled in a kind of cooker! The acting isn't bad, with Lipinski and Sachs taking top honors. Zuniga [The Fly 2] later appeared on Melrose Place. The music by Christopher Young is ersatz Herrmann at times but overall rather effective. The main problem with the movie is that the ending is dragged out for far too long; some of it should have been left on the cutting room floor. Lapinski is quite good as the heroine but she never appeared in another movie.

Verdict: Reasonably creepy slasher film has its moments. ***.

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