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The House on Sorority Row (House of Evil) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward, Robin Meloy, Harley Jane Kozak
  • Directors: Mark Rosman
  • Writers: Mark Rosman, Bobby Fine
  • Producers: Mark Rosman, Alec Rabinowitz, Ed Beyer, John Clark, John Ponchock
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Synergy
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YVW2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,676 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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3.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
I'm not a fan of new slasher movies. They're cliched and never say anything new. From today's viewpoint, one could say The House on Sorority Row is somewhat cliched as well. The story is that there are a group of girls who have just graduated and are staying in their sorority house so they can hold their graduation party there. The house mother, Mrs Slater, however, has a policy that all the girls must be out by a specific date and is not too pleased when she finds they're still there. One of the girls talks the others into playing a prank on Mrs Slater to demonstrate that they won't be pushed around. The prank goes wrong, however, and Mrs Slater is killed. The girl who came up with the prank doesn't want to take responsibility for what happened so she talks the others into hiding the body in the swimming pool until the party is over. She claims that they will ALL get in trouble, not just those responsible for the prank (the law student girl should really have known that wasn't true). During the party, the girls then start getting picked off one by one - the question is, is it Mrs Slater back from the grave? Or is it someone else?

You have to keep in mind that this was one of the first slasher movies. The slasher movie conventions, so nicely laid bare for us in Scream, weren't written yet, which means that at the time it was made it wasn't cliched. At times, after the introductory flashback scenes, for instance, the film seems like it's going to be some kind of drama about college life. And the way Mrs Slater is portrayed deals with 'tradition vs the new'. When she was younger, women didn't behave in the way the girls in the sorority house did (not so blatantly anyway) and you get the feeling that she yearns for an earlier time, a time that she was comfortable with.
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Basic plot in which a group of girls play a prank on their house lady who doesn't like the girls antics (staying up late, drinking and having sex). Prank of course all goes wrong and house lady ends up dead. Now someone is seeking revenge and killing off the girls one by one. Only one of them played by Kate McNeil isn't a bitch. But McNeil's performance is so flat and annoying, you find yourself drawn to the other characters anyway.

The House On Sorority Row has gained quite a cult following in the slasher genre. And there are moments in this film that justify this. But if truth be known, the film isn't that good. Even gorehounds will walk away not satisifed, there is minimal here, with only a couple of quick scenes of blood.

Other than that you have a typical 80s slasher movie, and if you love films from this period then you should get this one. But in no way will this convert any non slasher fan- this really is for fans only.

This DVD release is very nice. A 2 disc edition, that contains stacks of extras, including commentaries and the like.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Arts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In this clasic early eighties slasher a group of graduates decide to stay on in their sorority house for another week and hold a graduation party much to the displeasure of their house mother who was intending to have the house all to herself (something is up however, as we discover from a visit to the head doctors). After antagonising the sorority sisters once too often they decide to get their own back on the unreasonable house mother and things go horribly wrong leading to (an almost inevitable for films like this) cycle of nudity and murder!!
Those looking for sophistication in their films look elsewhere, anyone after a classic slice of eighties slasher mayhem need look no further as this is plenty of fun inspite of lacking any origionality whatsoever and sits proudly alongside My Bloody Valentine [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] and Happy Birthday to Me [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] as one of the better quality slasher pics of the era. The film boasts some great performances (and some truley dreadful ones!) an excellent score from Richard band brother of legendary low budget horror director/producer charles and an accomplished composer in his own right and is abley and competently directed by mark rosman director of the even more terryfying A Cinderella Story [DVD] [2004] and
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By West25 on 16 April 2012
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A group of sorority girls can't afford to have their party where they wanted, so they decide to hold the party at the sorority house. Mrs Slater finds out that the girls are planning on staying, even though the house gets closed for three months after the school year. She demands that the girls be out of the house the day after, and insists there will be no party. It seems that Mrs Slater was once a great housemother who had an excellent relationship with the girls in her care, but over the years she's become miserable and bitter, and the girls now view her as a dinosaur. Already furious that the girls are still in the house when it should be empty, she catches one of the girls called Vicki having sex and is disgusted. She exclaims "You filth, trash like you doesn't belong in my house." Vicki decides to pull a prank on Mrs Slater, and of course the prank goes wrong resulting in her death. Vicki manages to rope the others into covering it up for her, instead of just going to the police and explaining the accident. There's the usual arguments of she's already dead and going to the police won't change anything and why should all our lives be ruined for a mistake? With Mrs Slater dead and her body out of the way, the girls decide to go ahead with the party. Once the party begins, the girls start getting knocked off one by one.

The acting really does fluctuate between good and awful, but it's classic eighties bad acting which is never a bad thing. Kate McNeil is the main girl and the film focuses on her more than the others, a good thing as she's clearly the better actress out of the friends. I watched her just last week in Monkey Shines and she's gone on to have considerably more success than the others, she's appeared in dozens of TV shows throughout the last twenty years.
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