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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 ... 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original version of the movie was shot in 1981, and it clocked in at around 65 minutes. Additional scenes with students were filmed in 1982 to pad out the running time. See more »


When Mark sits down with Julie she starts talking but there's no dialogue audio. Once the camera cuts back close on the couple, she begins talking again but is synchronized with audio. See more »


Father Janson: What's troubling you lately?
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Alternate Versions

For the UK version, submitted to the BBFC in 1986 as "Campus Killings", the film has been cut by one second. See more »


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Incompetently funny D-grade slasher
23 October 2018 | by yourmotheratemydog715See all my reviews

I knew this was going to be a good one (and by that, I mean a worthless piece of trash) when the film began with not one, but TWO, flashback sequences of meaningless characters being murdered. Indeed, the entirety of SPLATTER UNIVERSITY is a strangely paced, horribly edited and utterly stupid slab of slasher garbage that should be featured in your next bad movie night.

Directed by Richard W. Haines, most famous for his co-directing post on CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH (and his demotion to second-unit director of the film after only a week), SPLATTER UNIVERSITY tells the tale of random college students who are introduced and immediately murdered. Meanwhile, a new teacher tries to solve the mystery of who's spilling all this university blood. The VHS cover's cheerleader mysteriously never shows up to class.

The film features many wacky college-kid antics (which are damn near impossible to hear because of sound issues), murders (which are almost all uninspired stabbings), and a mystery that is face-palmingly obvious from very early on. Still, the film never takes itself that seriously and there are quite a few intentional and unintentional laughs to be had. As long as you find rampant misogyny and bloody killings funny (and who doesn't!).

It's only 78 minutes long, and I can safely say I enjoyed most of them. I'm a little surprised at the largely negative reviews here which don't mention how dang fun the whole thing is. Great to pair with FINAL EXAM or THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD for a trashy double feature of dead collegians.

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