1984 - 78 mins. - Rated R
D: Richard W. Haines
C:Forbes Riley, Ric Randig, Dick Biel, Kathy LaCommare
A teacher starts investigating the murder of her predecessor and discovers that a blood thirsty killer is running loose at the very college that she works at.
Merger of punk rock sensibilities with that of a slasher film story surprisingly falls flat. That "screw you" kind of attitude that punk embodies is definitely present in Splatter University. However, punk has such a dynamic quality to it and that quality is missing for most of the of this film's running time. As for the slasher film elements, sure, there is plenty of killings, but an element that really makes a slasher film sing, is trying to guess the identity of the killer throughout the film as red herrings pop up left and right. However, with Splatter University, it's all too obvious as to who the killer is. By the time Splatter University springs to life for an absurdly campy finale between heroine and killer, it's just too little, too late. Splatter University had two opportunities to work, either as a straight up slasher or as a film capturing the essence of the punk movement amongst teenagers. Unfortunately, Splatter University fails on both counts.
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