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The Dorm That Dripped Blood (Uncensored Director's Cut) (Blu-ray + DVD Combo) (1982)

Daphne Zuniga , Laurie Lapinski , Jeffrey Obrow , Stephen Carpenter  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daphne Zuniga, Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow
  • Directors: Jeffrey Obrow, Stephen Carpenter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GF3IJU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

On the eve of Christmas vacation, a college dormitory stands condemned... the dark halls now vacant and unsafe. Student Joanne Murray and her close friends volunteer to help close down the building, unaware a psychopathic lunatic is hiding in the shadows. As the students disappear one by one, Joanne discovers the horrifying reality that if she is to survive, she alone will have to find a way to slay the brutal murderer. If you think you’ve seen this film totally uncut… think again! Synapse Films is proud to present THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD in a never-before-seen alternate version containing additional scenes, extended gore sequences, and a different sound mix. This transfer was created from the only existing 35mm answer print of the original “Directors’ Cut” entitled DEATH DORM, a version of the film thought to have been lost for over thirty years.
Bonus Features:
  • Anamorphic Widescreen (1.66:1) Transfer of the “Directors’ Cut”
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Directors Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen Carpenter
  • Interviews with Composer Christopher Young and Make-Up FX Creator Matthew Mungle
  • Original Theatrical Trailers

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Dorm that Dripped Blood also known as Pranks is a cookie cutter slasher from the early 80's, 1982 to be exact.It doesn't offer us anything new or special.
It's cheese appeal isn't even that sticky.

That being said I still like this movie because It's a retro Slasher flick and I love retro slashers,I love everything about them,the formula,the cliches. One of the cliches being the last girl standing battling it out with the maniac in a cat and mouse, life and death power struggle,this is a staple in most of the post Halloween slashers and this one is no exception.

The lead actress is probably the most unattractive heroine in Slasher film history..(Laurie Lipinski).. "forgive me,if you read this"..This Blue Ray/DVD combo is the unrated version so it is quite a bit better than "Pranks" which is the same film with a different title,it was released on DVD in 2003.

There are a few good kills in this version but the acting left quite a bit to be desired.It was after all Developed by a group of UCLA students on a ridiculously small budget..I'm sure Daphne Zuniga best known from Melrose Place who also starred in another 80`s slasher 'The Initiation' winces every time she thinks about her role in this movie.

She only has about 10 minutes of camera time.
If you're a Die hard retro slasher lover pick it up because again it's everything we have come to love and expect from our stalk and slash fests.There is supposed to be footage in this that wasn't included in the original VHS version..So that's a big plus.I'm buying this when it hits the shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Slasher from the 80s March 4, 2013
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I've seen a lot of slashers especially from the Golden Era. I consider this to be very underrated and one of the forgotten gems. I thought the acting was pretty good. It had great suspense and build. I really liked the ending. This movie stands out in a long line of forgettable slashers. I'd rank it on the level of House on Sorority Row. That is another one to check out. I was bummed this movie never came to regular dvd as I don't own a blu ray player. I own a lot of slasher movies and this is one I frequently rewatch. Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Blu-ray October 23, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This HD transfer seems to have received a whole unholy hell load of flak. I went into it expecting not a whole lot, but I came out of it pleasantly surprised and being reminded once again that I shouldn't listen to the reviews unless they're written by people I really trust to know their stuff (and even then sometimes you gotta see things for yourself to decide). Could this film look better? If the original camera negative (OCN) could be found. This Blu-ray was transferred from a 35mm interpositive (IP)--that is, the 16mm OCN was blown up to a 35mm negative which was then used for the IP. What we get is a source two generations removed from the OCN, with the audio taken from an analog video master, so there are flaws, but to anyone's knowledge these are the best elements for the picture and sound that currently exist. However, it was cleaned up rather well and is a pleasing transfer with healthy, nondistracting grain. (Unless, of course, you're a grain hater--in which case, why are you watching movies shot on film??? The grain MAKES UP the image, and to scrub that away means to eliminate a certain amount of critical picture detail along with it.) Black levels can look a bit light at times, while most times being richly dark and appropriate. Color reproduction is good, and it's nice to have a film in its native 1.66:1 aspect ratio rather than cropping it for 16:9 (1.78:1), or worse, 1.85:1 (which is common practice in a lot of circles and really cramps the headroom and ruins the photography on a lot of releases). I didn't notice any kind of digital artifacting and the like.

The film itself is a fun ride and recommended for any fans of '80s slasher flicks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 80's slasher flick! October 15, 2011
Christmas Break has begun at a town university, 4 friends are preparing to tear down an old dorm that hasn't been used for a while. A homicidal maniac is killing them with their pals one by bloody one with anyone he can get his hands on.

Gory and enjoyable 80's slasher flick that co-stars Spaceballs actress Daphne Zuniga, sure there is little much plot in this movie but what sells this one is the cool kill sequences. There's bloody violence from drillings to industrial steaming, the film is a bit slow at times and too much like "Halloween" and "Black Christmas" at times but the film works nicely for slasher fans.

This Blu-Ray/DVD Combo has alright picture and fair sound despite it's age and the extras include the film presented in it's uncensored director's cut, audio commentary, isolated score, interviews and trailers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic release of a classic slasher. August 23, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
For many years 'The Dorm That Dripped Blood' aka 'Pranks' was unavailable on DVD, let alone Blu Ray, and it was quite difficult to get one's hands on a decent copy. Thanks to Synapse you can now get not only a legitimate copy of the film, but in an excellent release as well!! The picture and audio are restored substantially, you get a DVD and Blu Ray copy, special features, and great packaging. If you have ever shown interest in this film or are a slasher fan in the slightest, i highly recommend this release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
Published 7 months ago by seetheartsoftly
3.0 out of 5 stars Great edition for a mediocre movie
This is a great DVD/Blu-Ray set of a rather dull slasher movie. For slasher completists only, as casual viewers may find the unspectacular plot and production values to be lower... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Zekemiller88
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dark Slasher
Well produced, acted, dark early eighties slasher. Great kill scenes, dark scary atomosphere. I'm very picky about slashers, this one is good.
Published 16 months ago by Jesse M. Lockman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good For A Nostalgic Slasher Romp
I am very liberal when it comes to "liking" horror films from the 80's. Firstly, some of them are the finest slasher films ever made, but even the less than oscar-caliber... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MJBG666
5.0 out of 5 stars Great...... see this film (here under the title DEATH DORM) uncut and in crystal clarity for the first time. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Fred Adelman
3.0 out of 5 stars The Dorm That Dripped Mediocrity
The Dorm That Dripped Blood is an early eighties slasher movie that has its moments. It's okay, but I swear it brings nothing original to the table whatsoever. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by B. Wasden
5.0 out of 5 stars Laurie Lapinski Has A World Class A**
I gotta say that this movie is great. It's in my top 20 horror films of all time. In some ways you can even consider it a Christmas slasher since it does take place during the... Read more
Published on August 18, 2011 by gooniemcfly
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Money on a Blu-Ray
If you like slasher movies, you will enjoy this one. The only problem here is that the quality of the print is so poor that any extra money spent on a Blu-Ray disc is wasted. Read more
Published on April 30, 2011 by GT
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