Final Exam (1981, dir. Jimmy Huston)

A motiveless killer attacks a campus at end of semester. Curious character-focused Halloween-derived slasher pic with strong elements (it’s well-shot, builds to a decent climax, the baddie is great) but which struggles to fill its running time, substituting frat boy hijinks for a genre plot. Not uninteresting though.

Here’s the trailer.

The House on Sorority Row [AKA House of Evil] (1983, dir. Mark Rosman)

After a revenge prank leads to a death, seven female students are killed off during a end-of-year party. Its awkward set-up notwithstanding, this is a superior subgenre example, building to a delirious third act that’s half-Hitchcock and half-Argento. Lots of fun for fans. An eventual remake followed.

Here’s the trailer.