->''"...where the only thing you'll learn is how to die!"''
-->-- TagLine

''The Dorm That Dripped Blood'' (a.k.a. ''Pranks'' and ''Death Dorm'') is a 1982 SlasherMovie.

College students Joanne, Craig, Brian, and Patty are cleaning out a condemned dormitory while everyone else is on Christmas vacation. Unfortunately for them, a psychopathic killer is making the rounds, and is using a variety of tools to bump people off one by one. Who is responsible for the brutal murders?

The story behind ''The Dorm That Dripped Blood'' may be more interesting than the film itself. College students Stephen Carpenter and Jeffrey Obrow made it while still having classes at UCLA, hoping to use the film to get their foot in the door at Hollywood. They did what they admit was a shameless cash-in on what was popular at the time: slasher flicks.

The film is notable for a couple more reasons; first, it was the debut of Matthew Mungle, an effects artist who eventually won an Oscar for his work on ''Film/BramStokersDracula''. Secondly, Christopher Young, who has definitely moved onto bigger and better things since (though mostly still in the [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} horror]] [[Film/DragMeToHell genre]]). It was also a VideoNasty at one point, though this may have been because of the lurid-sounding title.

!!This movie contains examples of:

* BatterUp: The killer uses a spiked bat to off Debbie's father as he is going up the stairs to meet with her.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Craig's the killer, driven by his obsession over Joanne.]]
%%* CarFu
* DangerTakesABackseat: As Debbie's mother waits for her husband and her daughter to get into their car, the killer sneaks into the backseat without her noticing and kills her with a garrotte.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Craig murders several people, manipulates the police into shooting and killing Bobby Lee (under the assumption that he was the killer) and dumps Joanne's unconscious body into an incinerator before escpaing]].
* {{Fainting}}: Seeing her mother's garroted body, Debbie faints on the spot. The killer uses this moment to run her over [[CarFu with her parents' car]].
* FinalGirl: Joanne checks all the boxes. [[spoiler:Subverted in that she doesn't make it.]]
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: It's a Christmastime slasher.
%%* MacheteMayhem
%%* PsychoStrings
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:John Hemmit, a creepy guy prowling around on campus.]]
* ThisIsADrill: Bill goes for a washup in the bathroom. The killer attacks him form the behind, and drives a hand drill into the back of his head.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: [[spoiler: Bobby Lee manages to gain the upper hand when he fights Craig. Two cops arrive soon after, and Craig manages to manipulate them shoot Bobby Lee by pretending to be a victim]].