Tuesday, May 21, 2019
THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD (1982)
A group of four college students agree to stay over the Christmas holiday break to help clear out furniture, trash, etc. from a large dorm that's going to be converted into an apartment building. Naturally, there's a fucking murderer in their midst and he/she starts killing people immediately. The End.
As far as early 1980's slashers flicks go, THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD was a little bit less than okay. Sluggish pace, mild blood, okay special effects, above average musical score, one lame topless scene, low body count, the only attractive girl killed almost immediately, completely non-threatening killer that anybody who's performed 5 push-ups in the last decade could beat his/her ass, a large rainbow flag hanging on a wall (I'm not sure if the filmmakers featured it on purpose or not, but it was still nice seeing it in a film from 1982), drill to the head, illogical decisions made over and over, silly ending.
I wanted to like THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD. That name is really catchy. It summons up all kinds of fun ideas like wild Halloween parties and shower rooms and a masked psycho lurking in the bushes. I know it's low budget, but I was still hoping for something like GIRLS NITE OUT or THE INITIATION or, if the movie gods were feeling especially nice, something unique and charming like THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE! I'm always on the lookout for new slasher gems, but THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD ended up being simply average. Just competent enough to keep me watching, but not unique enough to make me want to watch it again. The lack of a memorable killer and fun victims really hurt the film.
Worth a watch for curious slasher fans, but most other viewers would probably find their minds drifting.