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Pranks (1981)

  Tags: 80's, 80's Slashers, college, Daphne Zuniga, David Snow, Death Dorm, Dennis Ely, Jeffrey Obrow, Laura Lapinski, Pamela Holland, pranks, Robert Frederick, school, slasher, Stephen Carpenter, Stephen Sachs, students, The Dorm that Dripped Blood, Woody Roll

Your rating: None Average: 5 (2 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
5

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Rating #: 
5/10
Director: 
Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow
Runtime: 
84 minutes
Cast: 
Laura Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow, Pamela Holland, Dennis Ely, Woody Roll, Daphne Zuniga, Robert Frederick


This is yet another relatively unknown 80's slasher flick that I've stumbled across. After viewing the movie I came to the conclusion that maybe it was better off unknown, because aside from some of the interesting deaths, it's really nothing we haven't already seen before. You may be familiar with this movie under its other two titles: Death Dorm and The Dorm that Dripped Blood, but you can catch it on DVD under the title above.

Anyway, the story this time is about a group of young college students, who all decide to stay behind during the winter break to help prep their dorm to be torn down. Throw in a little careless sex, booze, and an unseen killer and you've got a typical 80's slasher. On the plus-side the movie does have its share of interesting deaths. It's not all about just hack-and-slash. Instead, you'll get strangulation, death by car, incineration, etc.. That's basically the only thing that kept me interested. Also the fact that the deaths weren't too far apart helped. Had the movie dragged on during long and pointless dialogue-filled scenes, I really would have disliked the flick more than I already do.

While watching the movie I spotted a young familiar face that I remembered seeing before. Upon further investigation I discovered that a young Daphne Zuniga had a brief role in the flick. She went on to take the lead in another 80's slasher called Initiation, and "Princess Vespa" in Spaceballs. She also went on to play "JoBeth Reynolds" on the show Melrose Place. Yes, another somewhat famous face is first seen in a horror movie. It just continues to prove my theory that a lot of actors first start out in horror movies. There's a decent amount of blood and gore, and a long explanation from the killer towards the end of the flick when his/her face is finally revealed (although it wasn't much of a surprise). I did, however, like the ending a little, even if it was kind of silly. Either way, it's your regular run-of-the-mill slasher.

A good movie if you've never seen an 80's slasher movie before, otherwise it's nothing but the same-old. It does have some interesting deaths and they aren't too far apart, so worth a check if you're an 80's slasher fan, but don't expect a lot from it.

Posted on December 30, 2010 - 12:00pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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