Splatter University (1984)

Richard W. Haines edited Stuck On You! and The Toxic Avenger and directed Class of Nuke ‘Em HighHead Games and this slasher film, which features actress Elizabeth Kaitan (Robin from Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and Candy from the Vice Academy series) on the poster when she’s not even in the movie!

Years ago, a killer named William Graham escaped from a mental hospital and killed numerous students at Saint Trinian’s College. Years later, new sociology teacher Julie Parker has just started at the college but she can already tell that something just isn’t right. Much like a giallo, this foreigner must become the detective as bodies pile up around her and she becomes the killer’s next potential victim.

This movie was made for around $25,000 and originally called Thou Shall Not Kill. It came at the end of the slasher boom and is a pretty standard stalk and slash, save for a few cool scenes like when Parker discovers her best friend’s body, which has been festering in a locker for several days. It feels all over the place as several of the kills were added after the original running time only came in at 65 minutes, so the padding is evident.

For all of the faults you can find in this movie — the effects aren’t that great, the kills aren’t very spectacular, the characters are pretty much universally annoying — the ending makes up for all of it, transforming what has been a pretty campy affair into pure nihilistic bleakness.

Known as Campus Killings in the UK, this film played double bills with An American Werewolf In London. If you want to see it for yourself, you can grab the blu ray reissue from Vinegar Syndrome or watch it on Amazon Prime.

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