by Randy Fox
The 1981 slasher film The Dorm That Dripped Blood follows the usual rules of the genre, this time in a college dorm over Christmas break, by dispatching imminently killable twenty-somethings with machete hackings, pressure cooking, a skull-crushing drive-by, and a particularly nasty electric drill kill. It also stands out as the film premiere of actress Daphne Zuniga, who went on to fame as “Princess Vespa” in Mel Brooks' Spaceballs and for portraying the three-hanky weeper queen Jo Reynolds on the nineties “hot chicks and buff dudes” prime time soaper Melrose Place.
But perhaps the most appealing aspect of the movie is the title, a riff on the 1970 Amicus classic The House That Dripped Blood. It’s a little bit of movie marketing that connects it back to the pre-Halloween days of 1970s horror and makes a crusty old fright-film fan like me smile even if the influence doesn’t extend any further than just four words. Check it out at the Cult Fiction Underground underneath Logue’s Black Raven Emporium this weekend. Showtimes are 8 and 10 p.m. tonight and Saturday.