Splatter University Blu Ray

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When a crazed killer escapes from the local insane asylum after killing a doctor, everyone is scared. The local Catholic organisation university is his first stop and he wants to taste the blood of another victim. He dispatches a beautiful teacher with a knife to the breast and then disappears without a trace. Forbes Riley ends up at the university teaching the teenagers about sociology and sexuality. As they students discuss and exchange more than words, things become even worse. Blood is shed, sex is engaged in and a very disturbed individual with a long knife sets out on murder. Sadly this will mean more deaths and more dilemmas for the audience and the classes.

Troma is well known for making very low budget ‘slock’ movies. This term means ‘slasher / shock’ films that are all about crap production values and even crappier contents. They also did something else of note. They allowed young and unsure film makers a chance at making films, in much like the Corman way. They gave weak budgets to these film makers and told them to film something. The output is often awful but on occasion, they made a film that was just a little bit fun and a little bit different.

Cuts deep....

Splatter University is not really that film. It is a bog standard slasher flick that does as much as the tin it comes from says it does. The film is a knit by number slice and dice but it is also something else. It is a very fun, genre convention playing joy. It does a few things very well and I will scream about these things here. The director is the key to what the film does well. He replicates previous form and functions very well. Taking the slasher down a route very familiar but mixing it with great techniques.  Great death scenes, which any slasher film watcher will really love. It also does framing well and this builds on its creeping tension. This shows a knack for cinema of horror. Then you have the score, which is simple but very effective. It cuts the scenes and underlines the growing awful murder fest. The film is not all great however and I will not rattle off the awful acting, bad cinematography (Focus puller to be fair) and the very empty sub plots.These are all what you expect from a film of the period and mold so I will shut up…

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Now to the discs….

The Brand new 2K scan adds nothing….

The restored soundtrack is great and worth a punt on…

The commentary is fun and funny…

Then you have the real gems, the interview with Justin Kerswell is amazing and he is a great fan and film voice. The additional film short is excellent and shows an evolved Haines at work…that is the money there….

 

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