Splatter University (1984) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Splatter University (1984) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Splatter University (1984) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Splatter University (1984) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Richard W. Haines
STARRING: Forbes Riley, Ric Randig, Dick Biel
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

Years ago, a madman escaped from an asylum, slashing his way through to freedom and continuing his bloody rampage at nearby Saint Trinian’s College. Now, years later, new teacher Julie Parker, begins to sense that something isn’t quite right at the small town college and it’s not long before her students and fellow faculty members begin disappearing or, worse yet, are found brutally butchered. Determined to uncover the truth behind the ongoing violence, Julie begins her own investigation, unaware that she’s putting herself at risk of becoming the ruthless murderer’s next target.

Slatter University came to the world in 1984 by way of Troma Entertainment. Due to the Troma connection, you get your fair share of Troma style humor, but it isn’t as extreme as you usually get with Troma related stuff, maybe because that Troma style had yet to really be hammered out seeing as how this was the same year as The Toxic Avenger. None the less, the film becomes a bit of a slow-moving affair. We see someone slash their way out of the crazy house, but we don’t see much more slasher until well after we’ve hit the university and gotten introduced to our college kids, a crippled preacher, and our leading lady, Julie, played by Forbes Riley. Julie is our new professor (taking the place of the old one who bites the dust) and is probably going to be liked enough as far as final girls know. The movie could have used a good kick in the butt during the first part of the film, but I will admit that things pick-up later on, with at least the finale of the film being interesting enough. There are a few twists and turns with the gore being good enough, but maybe a little low for what type of effects you were getting in most 1984 slahers. This one at least has a very gritty feel to it and I can at least appreciate that. I also appreciate the whole “Who done it” way this movie rolls along. You’ll make a few guesses and you’ll probably get it right. That still doesn’t make the last few scenes any less fun, as they are among the best times in the film.

I don’t know if this is the same transfer as from the old 88 Films release, but I feel it looks a little better. Now that could just be me, but I think it feels better. Regardless of that, this is probably a movie that will never look flawless, so I’ll take what I can get of it in HD and be happy with it anyway. Does it take away from the movie? Nope, and I’m more than sure it still looks the best you will see this obscure slasher from 1984 look. If you dig slashers and are a completist of 80’s slashers like I am, you will want this movie regardless of if it’s not the best thing you’ve seen. The film has it’s moments and has some fun spots even if it does lack in some key areas. This release from Vinegar Syndrome drops the other full-length movie from the same director that was on the 88 Films Version, but it does seem to pick up an extra commentary track from The Hysteria Continues. All in all, it’s a solid release for a movie I’m pretty much in the middle on.


– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 16mm camera negative
– Commentary track with director Richard W. Haines
– Commentary with The Hysteria Continues!
– Audio interview with composer Christopher Burke
– Still gallery
– Theme song
– Script gallery
– Radio spots
– Original trailer
– TV spot
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles

This special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.) is limited to 1,500 units and is only available at VinegarSyndrome.com!


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