The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982) Dir: Stephen Carpenter
Another crash course in 80s Slasher Classics. During The Christmas Holidays College students are stalked and brutally murdered by an unknown maniac…
The Dorm That Dripped blood gained popularity mainly around it’s cult status following landing itself on the infamous UK ‘Video Nasties’ list. Alongside Classic films such as: Cannibal Holocaust, Tenebre, Possession, Foxy Brown & Scanners. These films, including The Dorm That Dripped Blood, were not brought before the British Board of Film Classification due to a loophole in film classification that allowed videos to bypass the review process. As a result, this produced many potentially censorable video releases, which led to a public debate concerning the availability of these films to children due to the unregulated nature of the market. The 72 films listed, ended up believed to violate the Obscene Publications Act (1959). The subsequent revisions of said list caused confusion around what constituted obscene material, which later led to UK Parliament passing the ‘Video Recordings Act’ (1984), which forced all video releases to appear before the BBFC for certification.
The Dorm That Dripped Blood was conceived by Carpenter alongside writer producer Stacey Giachino, while living in UCLA co-op dorms where they set and shot the entire film. They had future Oscar winning make-up artist Matthew Mungle crafting up dismembered body parts, and future blockbuster composer Christopher Young creating its memorable score with screeching violins. Using all resources they could from UCLA, this production team created a generational classic from essentially nothing.
Although The Dorm That Dripped Blood uses on-the-fly sensibilities it comes off very self-aware, has DISGUSTINGLY amazing kills (including one featuring a spiked baseball bat to the face) and all in all, is a brilliantly crafted low budget Horror masterpiece set during Christmas, making this a Holiday Horror Classic!
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