The Dorm That Dripped Blood aka Pranks (1982)
Back of the box...
“Morgan Meadows Hall, an isolated seven story dormitory stands empty. Corridors that were once filled with the vibrant shouting and laughter of students are now vacant. The structurally unsafe building has been condemned and soon must be torn down.
Five college students volunteer to close the dorm during their Christmas vacation. Soon, however, out of the dark recesses of the quiet building emerges a haunting and lethal menace. Mysteriously all phone lines are cut and the students are plunged into the darkness of a powerless and increasingly frenzied gloom. In a series of grisly and barbaric incidents, the students begin to disappear. As the terror mounts and the high-pitched staccato of slaying continues, the remaining students realize that they are up against a terrifyingly real psychopathic killer.
The memory filled halls of the dormitory now echo with the screams and death moans of the students and the corridors drip with the blood of the innocent victims. Once the object of nostalgic affection, Morgan Meadows Hall has been hideously transformed into the most suffocating nightmare imaginable.”
Director: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow
Starring: Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow, Daphne Zuniga
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As the college campus clears out for the holidays, a lone student creeps through the night. He hides in a bush when suddenly, out of nowhere, a knife slices through his hand and he lets out a scream. Who is this kid? Will his body be discovered in dramatic fashion, leading to a collective fear on campus as people speculate as to who could have done such a thing? Nope, we never see or hear from him again. Instead, our attention is shifted to a group of students who stay behind on Christmas break to empty out a section of dorms that are scheduled to be demolished. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as the logistics of such an undertaking are discussed in detail as phone calls are made to waste management and second-hand school supply companies. Will the students manage to find a buyer and unload these excess desks to make a little bit of cash or will they have to haul them to the dump? These pressing questions are put on hold as the students wonder who smashed their cornish game hens with a baseball bat and also who is slowly killing them one by one.
The producers of The Dorm that Dripped Blood adopted an interesting marketing strategy. As the terrible, “holiday” themed slasher market is so niche, they decided to release the same movie three times with three different titles. Effectively tripling sales! You might hear things in the video store like, “Man, after I got burned by that piece of shit The Dorm That Dripped Blood, I don’t know if I can trust another college slasher. Oh well, I guess I’ll give Death Dorm a chance and hope for the best.” Only to return two weeks later to overhear, “Fuck dorm room slashers, I’m over it. I’ll get this movie Pranks instead.”
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