Friday, April 9, 2010

Splatter University (1984)

3 / 5 Apr '10
Tagline: Where the school colors are blood red!
Directed by: Richard W. Haines
Written by: Richard W. Haines, Michael Cunningham
Actors Include: Forbes Riley, Ric Randig, Dick Biel
Genre: Horror
Length: 78 minutes
Banned: West Germany

Well, this is pretty much an entirely average slasher with no frills whatsoever and it's very very cheap looking. It's short (78 minutes), to the point, has several bloody slayings (though none are particularly interesting....except for maybe the girl who died from a slash to the forehead) and a mystery that most anyone could solve in the first 20 minutes of the film. The actors need some serious help though the dialog and situations are occasionally funny (particularly the scenes in the mental ward) and although it's kind of lame I never felt like walking away from it. You can tell that the director here used one of the Troma fellows as a consultant but even though this has weird things in it it does try to play it straight. My Husband complained about the lack of nudity and there are rumors floating that there is filthied up version but the director himself denies this claim, this is the full version! Also be prepared for many time jumps, I kept wondering when they would stop but I think there were 3 or 4 at least. Still considering this is very straightforward and the kills start nearly immediately it should please fans of low budget '80s slashers. I certainly don't think it's some lost gem or something but it should give you a few laughs at least.

Availability:  On DVD

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