20 September 2002 | BillyBC
This is not very good (even for an '80s slasher flick).
(*1/2 out of *****) It seems like an awful lot of time is spent looking around through dark basements and boiler rooms with flashlights in this unexceptional, mean-spirited killer-in-the-house retread. A group of students staying over the winter break to start renovations on their dormitory are systematically stalked and butchered by an unseen madman (and now, with only slight variation, you have the basic plot to about 90% of these kinds of movies.) Naturally, the killer's identity is a surprise and, naturally, the dialogue is quite bad and plodding. There is a second, unexpected twist at the end of the movie that you may or may not care for (depends on whether you're a cup-half-full or cup-half-empty kinda person, I guess). The cool-sounding title (which, really, is one of the only things this movie has going for it) is even stolen from the great, British, Amicus horror anthology "The House That Dripped Blood." I guess some of the chase scenes are mildly suspenseful, and there's a fair amount of mostly fake-looking gore. Daphne Zuniga is pretty cute in one of her first roles (but don't get too attached to her), and some other people star.
Lowlight: One girl is dumped into a vat full of hydrogen oxide (at least, I think that's what it was), and another girl is dumped into an incinerator. Ahhh, dorm life. ...