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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

The finale saves this one from the trash.

Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA
6 January 2009

College students, who are clearing out a condemned dormitory, are stalked by an elusive killer.

The Dorm That Dripped Blood (aka Pranks) is a bit of a mixed bag for slasher fans. The movies production values are pretty low and the story for the most part is pretty routine, there's even a creepy bum hanging around for a red herring. In fact much of the story's build-up is pretty forgettable, save for one or two brutal murders. But the movie is really made better by its surprisingly intense climax (in an atmospheric setting) and one fairly bold, unconventional conclusion.

The cast is lackluster for the most part. Stephen Sachs is the best of the lot as he does a pretty nice turn in character. Also look for a young Daphne Zuniga as an ill-fated student.

Over all this is a pretty standard B slasher effort, but the finale is well worth savoring and for this viewer saved the movie from being a complete ho-hum.

** out of ****

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Great dorm slasher...

Author: Bub_the_zombie
27 August 2006

This is probably one of the least known of the early 80's hay day hack n slash family - consisting of a slue of cousins which themselves have gathered dust, triumphantly sitting with legs crossed> on videostore shelves through half a generation. - that is, until DVD finally unearthed some lesser knowns for a second chance.

(I have the old Media VHS version, btw) (The UK DVD release is known as 'PRANKS)

A killer lurks on a college campus - through the closterphobic corridors of Meadows Hall, killing working coeds in some very creative ways. A baseball bat with barbed-wire around it. A girl is ran over.(Not too creative, but has to be seen within its context, consisting of three murders within thirty seconds.) A girl is shoved in a pressure cooker and is cooked to death. A janitor gets a drilling headache. A woman gets incinerated - you name it.

While the film is quiet amateurish, it delivers on most all levels that simply make up a good slasher film. I could take away merit by assigning scoff at the quality of the production - the dark-shoddy look of the film, etc; - but I won't. - A solid slasher film in all respects, with one hell of a twist ending.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Nifty, but sadly long forgotten slasher flick.

Author: Prolox from Canada
2 June 2010

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In this early 1980's slasher flick, four college kids who stay behind in order to clean out an old part of the college they are attending, this section of the building is set to be torn down in two weeks, but terror comes calling when the kids find themselves stalked & brutally killed by an unseen prowler. Can the kids escape this maniac or will they to be added to his long list of victims? PRANKS (I saw it under the title THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, on an old VHS copy, a title which I think is a better sounding title, the title PRANKS makes it sound like a teen comedy) regardless despite a few flaws, the film holds up well & is much better than what passes as most horror movie fare. Especially since the film is so much better than films like GRADUATION DAY & FINAL EXAM. The acting is decent & Directors STEPHEN CARPENTER & JEFFREY OBROW, deserve some credit for not skimping on the body count or gore factors & manage to keep the film at an easy pace with something always going on. Great score to & a pretty nifty ending with a twist makes this a must see for slasher fans.

*** stars

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Solid slasher flick.

Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland
20 August 2007

College girl Joanne Murray takes on the unenviable job of readying the student housing building to become apartments,which includes selling the unneeded furniture This takes place during a break,so a mysterious psycho is stalking the nearly-empty premises on campus."Dorm that Dripped Blood" is a low-budget slasher flick that is quite entertaining.The acting is pretty bad,the plot is predictable,but the gore effects are quite good.The film was made by UCLA film students Stephen Carpenter and Jeffrey Obrow for next to nothing.Soon a dreamy ambiance kicks in,very similar to the enveloping forests of Jeff Leiberman's fantastic "Just Before Dawn".7 out of 10.It's great to see Daphne Zuniga of "The Initiation" fame run over few times by a car.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

An amusingly awful early 80's collegiate slasher hoot

Author: Woodyanders ( from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
6 March 2007

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Your average garden variety psychotic nutcase (deliciously essayed with unhinged glee by Stephen Sachs) knocks off various dim-witted young "adults" (to use the term very loosely) in Dayton Hall University, which is being closed down for demolition. Featuring dreadful acting by the entire cast (Daphne Zuniga makes her ignominious and inauspicious film debut here as Debbie, a bimbo who has her head crushed by a car!), a hefty corpse tally of 10, okay make-up f/x by Matthew Mungle, a few bloody murders (baseball bat bludgeoning, chicken wire strangulation, your standard drill through the head bit, that sort of gruesome thing), a downbeat surprise twist ending which was later copied in "Intruder," a creepy score by Christopher ("Hellraiser") Young, a slight smidgen of gratuitous female nudity, and endearingly incompetent direction by Jeffrey Obrow and Steve Carpenter (who also blessed us with "The Power" and "The Kindred"), this entertainingly abysmal slice'n'dice atrocity sizes up as a good deal of delectably dopey and drecky low-grade fun.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Creepy slasher

Author: brandon sites ( from usa
19 May 2000

A group of college students closing down a school are attacked by an unknown person. Script, premise, acting; nothing praiseworthy, but the film itself has a creepy music score and ending. It remains exciting throughout and is better than a lot of other entry's in this genre. 7 out of 10.

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

The people who made this must have been joking

Author: The Yeti from mt Everest
5 September 2001

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This is just about what you'd expect from a teen slasher movie. Guys, Girls, a killer and a crazy plot. When I watched it though I actually thought it was o.k. Sure, it had characters you'd want to see dead and some killing at the start for no reason. The characters want to close a dorm down and a killer gets in the way. Weapons that follow are a nailed baseball bat, a big oven, some razor wire etc. Daphne Zuniga makes an appearance and gets killed! Trust me, it's not that bad. The ending is a classic piece of work!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A fair campus slasher.

Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada
25 July 2016

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Five co-eds are left to their own devices on a mostly deserted college campus. Their job is to clear out a dormitory that's been targeted for demolition. They never do get around to doing very much work, and things are thrown further asunder when a mad sadistic killer is shown to be running around the campus and coming up with nasty ways to murder people.

"The Dorm That Dripped Blood" wasn't really all that bad for this viewer. It doesn't do much to rise above most of the entries in this genre, but it *does* have good atmosphere, and suspense. It won't be sleazy enough or gory enough to suit the whims of some fans of the genre, but Matthew Mungle does devise some decent enough gore. The drill to the back of the head is a mild highlight. And there are some breasts bared in one sequence.

The scenario is dependent upon some of the expected clichés, such as characters splitting up so they make better victims, and the red herring utilized is pretty obvious. One of the best components, which helps to raise the rating a bit, is the music score by the talented Christopher Young ("Hellraiser"), his first for a horror film. Methods of murder range from the expected hacking and slashing to being boiled alive and being run over by a car.

The cast is a little more "normal" looking than what we get in some of these films; there are no supermodel types here. The actors do a passable job with the material they've got. Laurie Lapinski is the requisite "final girl" type, Woody Roll the aforementioned red herring. Lovely Daphne Zuniga, who received an "introducing" credit for the subsequent slasher "The Initiation", actually made her film debut here.

At least "The Dorm That Dripped Blood" ends in an atypical fashion, which helps to make it more than just routine.

Six out of 10.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Is this the same Stephen Carpenter?

Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA
12 June 2012

"The Dorm that Dripped Blood" is about what you might expect of a slasher flick, making it completely enjoyable. One thing about which I'm curious is the director Stephen Carpenter. There is a Stephen Carpenter who wrote the screenplay for the "Ocean's Eleven" remake and created the TV series "Grimm". Is this the same Stephen Carpenter, does anyone know? Whatever the case, it's probably not important. What's important is to see the college students meet their ugly demises while they prepare a dormitory to get demolished. A noticeable cast member is Daphne Zuniga, who later played Princess Vespa in Mel Brooks's "Spaceballs".

A really interesting mix of things.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

* * out of 4.

Author: Brandon L. Sites ( from USA
1 June 2002

Routine slasher about college kids working on boarding up a college dorm that is about to be demolished and being killed by an unknown, hiding in the shadows killer. Made on a budget of only $90,000 and featuring an unknown Daphne Zuniga at the time this is a lot better then I expected. Sure it is inept at times, but this film manages to be exciting, creepy and scary throughout. That's more then you can say about a lot of the other films in this genre.

Rated R; Extreme Violence & Profanity.

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