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Splatter University (1984)

A sociology instructor finds her new teaching duties at a private college interrupted by the presence of a killer mental hospital patient.


Richard W. Haines


Michael Cunningham (story and screenplay), Richard W. Haines (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Forbes Riley ... Julie Parker (as Francine Forbes)
Ric Randig Ric Randig ... Mark Hammond
Dick Biel Dick Biel ... Father Janson / Daniel Grayham
Kathy LaCommare Kathy LaCommare ... Cathy Hunter (as Kathy Lacommare)
Laura Gold Laura Gold ... Cynthia
Ken Gerson Ken Gerson ... Tom Scavelli
Sal Lumetta Sal Lumetta ... Wolf
Clifford Warren Clifford Warren ... Classroom Wise Guy
Noel Stilphen Noel Stilphen ... Margaret
Mary Ellen David Mary Ellen David ... Mrs. Bloom
Jane Doniger Reibel Jane Doniger Reibel ... Mrs. Huner
Dan Eaton Dan Eaton ... Father Williams
John Elias Michalakis John Elias Michalakis ... John (as John Michaels)
George Seminara George Seminara ... Tony
Joanna Mihalakis Joanna Mihalakis ... Doreen


A patient escapes from a mental hospital, killing one of his keepers and then a University professor after he makes his way to the local college. Next semester, the late prof's replacement and a new group of students have to deal with a new batch of killings. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Where the school colors are blood red! See more »


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Release Date:

13 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Campus Killings See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Aquifilm See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The copyright at the end of print originally stated "Copyright MCMLXXXIII" however, an extra handwritten "I" was added to read MCMLXXXIIII as 1984 even though 1984 in Roman numerals should be MCMLXXXIV. See more »


When one of the teachers is stabbed to death in the beginning of the movie, the amount of blood on her shirt changes. See more »


Mrs. Bloom: The other tenants have been complaining about the front door being left open. I don't really blame them, with all the kooks running around killing people they don't even know. You know it seems to me if you are going to kill someone you at least know them real well.
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"Her death remains a mystery".
23 February 2013 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Just another traditional slasher. Well that's what you say about the Troma released "Splatter University". It's textbook and low-budget as you can get with a eye-catching film title. But it's reputation of being one of worst its sub-genre had to offer seems to scream loudly. It had me thinking of the 1981 slasher "Final Exam", but that film is exemplary compared to this outing. Sure "Splatter University" is rancid, uninspired with lazy direction, tacky writing and wooden acting, but I have a soft spot for campus horror and I kind of enjoyed that it didn't take itself all that seriously, as it felt like they're playing up to the camera. You could say the stalk and slash elements at times took a back-step to college hi-jinks, which I found a little more amusing than the slasher side of the story. There it would get slow and sluggish with confused editing. I didn't find it all that effective in presenting the red herrings and the revelation isn't anything surprising, but the finale had one surprise up its sleeve I didn't see coming and quite a daring one too. The story is fairly messy, as what begins as a psychopathic killer escaping from an asylum then moves on a couple years later when a university teacher is brutally murdered to only move on even further where a couple months later a newly appointed teacher arrives on the campus where suddenly the lady students are being targeted by a killer. So many random occurrences seem to make its way into the unfocused story; some don't even have any relevance than to add trivial exchanges for humour. Sometimes the darkest of humour. Although there's no hiding how spiteful and deranged the violence can be, however they're rather unimaginative in the usual slashing and stabbing. Quite bit of red paint gets chucked about and the electronic soundtrack gets a good workout. Characters come and go with no one really standing out (most of them are obnoxious or slackers), other than Forbes Riley as the leading lady and Dick Biel. Senseless, hackneyed and cheesy, but what do you expect? Nudity, if so... look elsewhere.

"Gross! There's a fingernail in my pie".

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