The Dorm That Dripped Blood, a review by Achim
Laurie Lapinski as Joanne
Stephen Sachs as Craig
David Snow as Brian
Pamela Holland as Patti
Dennis Ely as Bobby Lee Tremble
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 "Director's Cut" entitled DEATH DORM, a version of the film thought to have been lost for thirty years.
My Thoughts:My rating went up a little bit after watching the special features. To fully appreciate the film it does help to understand that it is practically a student film, done with minimal funding (Christopher Young provided his first score here!). It does feel a little like Friday the 13th in an appartment block. There is a limited amount of kills, but also Friday had far less kills than you might think. Other than Friday though, there directors do a good job of keeping the audience guess who the killer is and the kills are done with a variety of weapons (the drill was a favorite of mine ). The acting is better than one might expect from a student film. There is a bunch of moments where you just want to smack the characters silly, somethig along the lines of "you go back, alone, first and I will, alone, check out the scary noise we just heard"
As a slasher film there are almost too few kills, but like I said above, all the classics of the genre came out with very few kills too. Otherwise it's a good film that kept me interested for the most part.
(From The Movies from Within My Lifetime on May 21st, 2011)
Saw IV, a review by addicted2dvd
Title: Saw IV: Unrated Director's Cut
Movie Count: 46
TV Ep Count: 8
Time Started: 11am
When SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend...or face the deadly consequences.
This is the first time I ever watched this movie. One I picked up because I liked all the previous movies in the series... and because I found it cheap on sale (the best way to buy movies!). Going into this one... I admit I had my hopes pretty high which is something I try my hardest not to do.Luckily this time it didn't hurt anything... as I enjoyed this movie a lot.. almost as much... if not as much as the ones before it. Of course I personally go into these movies looking for no more then a gore-fest. But they are more then that... I also find the stories themselves interesting.
Out of a Possible 5
(From My Month Long Horror/Halloween Marathon: 2008 on October 12th, 2008)
"Due South" marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
The Blue Line
I felt this was a pretty good... if not somewhat average episode. It did indeed seem like the comedy was missing from this episode. Plus I did like how they used a voice-over for Fraser's father when he was reading the diary. That makes much more sense to me then a ghost or him being in Fraser's mind for this series. Though who knows... I may get used to the idea yet.
(From "Due South" marathon on July 23rd, 2009)