Sorority House Massacre


Action / Horror

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Mr_Ectoplasma 6 / 10

Contrived Roger Corman-produced slasher is better than it should be

"Sorority House Massacre" follows Beth, a college coed who is spending Memorial Day Weekend at a sorority house with several sisters who want her to join. The house seems strangely familiar to Beth, and a series of dreams and bizarre visions link her to a madman who is dead set on nabbing her in the house.

In some ways a "Halloween" ripoff of the highest order, "Sorority House Massacre" takes the blueprint of Carpenter's classic and bases itself on the precise premise without an ounce of shame. Madman breaking out of a psych ward, shots of a group of girls walking through the tree-lined suburbs to class (except here the location is unabashedly California, and the girls college students). While some people have ripped this film for its shameless imitation, genre fans are more likely to appreciate the funky weirdness the film has to offer.

There are tinges of a psychic thriller set inside the slasher framework here that are handled surprisingly decently; lots of talk of ghosts, dreams and psychology, and brainwave connections make for some inventive plot fixings. The flashbacks and Beth's bizarre visions of the villain are edited and presented in a startling fashion, and somehow manage to be mildly creepy. The film is much less gory than the title would suggest, which is another reason the film falls in line with a psychic thriller perhaps more than a straightforward slasher. The performances are ho-hum at best, but for a low-budget late eighties horror flick, they are completely respectable.

Overall, "Sorority House Massacre" is a heck of a lot better than it should be. It is contrived and at times silly, but there are some genuinely startling on screen encounters with the villain, and the film is engaging in all of its hokey eighties corniness. The obnoxious late- eighties "Saved By the Bell" wardrobe and California atmosphere is also another amusing point of interest. 6/10.

Reviewed by generationofswine 7 / 10

An Honest Review

Which one was this? I can't really remember. I do, however, know it was the movie where they hire a lot of women and require them all to take their clothes off.

I recall a shower scene in there somewhere. But that could be a different movie exactly like this one.

And then I remember the women running around screaming in undies that are really only worn in the bedroom.

Was there a plot? Not really, it was just an excuse for nudity and undies.

But, you already knew all of that when you sat down to watch this. Because, honestly in film making, they aren't really trying to pass it off as anything other than an excuse to film young naked breasts and you don't really get anything but that.

So, why are you reading this? You know exactly what this movie is about. You knew that before you even clicked on this review.

But, at least the review is as honest as the movie.

If you are expecting more than that, there is something seriously wrong with you.

Reviewed by jadavix 4 / 10

Completely unconvincing "Halloween" rip off

"Sorority House Massacre" is one of those movies with constraints in budget or talent or both that prohibit you from making any investment of time or consideration in anything that happens on screen.

It's like watching a movie playing in the house next door and you're trying to peer through the window to get a good look at the screen. Maybe there is one or two moments in it where you would have liked to understand what's going on, but you can't, because the budget is so low that it keeps you outside, or maybe the actors are too bad to generate interest, or perhaps it's the direction.

Who cares? The point is, the movie is thoroughly unconvincing.

The plot is basically a "Halloween" rip off, but it's told so badly you could miss that. It's about a girl who is in college and has a mental block about something in her past involving a man who breaks out of a mental institution at the beginning of the movie. He does this so easily you wonder why they even bother showing it. Why not just start with him out, and leave the escape up to our imagination? Anyway the movie tries to build suspense for his arrival home and the imminent and titular "massacre" with an endless barrage of tedious and inept dream sequences. These fantasies just become distancing when they are supposed to be horrifying. Furthermore, the actress who plays the protagonist is unable to make her "character" interesting enough to even want to get into her head. We know that she's related to the killer and that he's coming back to get his revenge. We didn't need so many interminable dream sequences to point that out. You get it almost immediately.

It's funny that "Halloween" had a lower budget than this, and that was able to establish some key details with ease, like Laurie Strode as a fully fledged character, and Michael Myers as a terrifying embodiment of evil. This movie completely fails at establishing anything like that.

According to the IMDb plot description, what sets off the protagonist of "Sorority House Massacre" remembering her evil brother, and what makes him come back to take revenge (or whatever you call what he is doing), is the fact that the titular "sorority house" is the same house that they grew up in, where he first went on a killing spree. I missed that detail in the movie, but if it's really true, it's the dumbest thing about this whole debacle.

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