The House on Sorority Row was an awesome slasher flick.,
This review is from: House on Sorority Row [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The House on Sorority Row was a great slasher flick from 1983. It was made in the era when studios still made good movies and namely good horror movies. This movie has a very well rounded cast with most having little to no experience in the horror genre. No particular actor or actress sticks out but the entire cast did a very good job and helped make the film easy to watch. The story is your typical slasher formula with the revenge subplot. In fact, the film could be easily compared to Friday the 13th Part II. Though it is not original it is very entertaining and done in such a way it does seem original and very unique. The film also offers some pretty decent special effects to go along with it's pretty impressive kills, however if your looking for a total gore fest then forget it. There was at least two gory death scenes, one which includes a decapitated head in the toilet.
The film follows seven sorority sisters as they try to have the typical college experience while living under their tyrannical house mother, Mrs. Slater. Slater is stuck in her old ways and refuse to let the girls have guys over passed a certain hour and absolutely no parties. One night one of the sorority girls sneaks her boyfriend up in her room when she catches them. She stabs the young girl's water bed with her sharp cane and runs the boy out. The young girl vows to get her back and plans a prank involving a gun filled with blanks. However, that prank goes horribly wrong and she shoots Mrs. Slater. The sorority sisters try to cover it up by dumping the body in a filthy swimming pool (they figured that no one will go swimming in there) all while hosting a graduation party in their sorority house. In true slasher form the girls start to go missing as there might be a killer out for revenge.
Between director Mark Rosman and a decent cast, this low-budget horror tale rises above many of it's kind. Rosman makes the most of the filming locations while nicely adding stylistic touches to the film with good camera work and some nice imagery. He creates some truly effective moments of psychological horror, as well as physical (with some occasional bloody moments). Ultimately the film manages to build to some good suspense and a claustrophobic finale! Also of note is the wonderful music score which was done by Richard Band, which provides some beautiful and haunting themes for the film. Overall, this movie is a true definition of a slasher film as it's one of my favorites and I highly recommend it. This 2 disc edition from Scorpion Releasing was filled with special features. Both Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater have carried over the extras featured on the 2003 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD release, they've also produced several of their own bonus features. Carried over from the earlier release is an audio commentary track featuring actresses Kate McNeil and Eileen Davidson as well as director Rosman.
You can also watch House on Sorority Row in "Katarina's Nightmare Theater" if you've seen the film a few times before and want to experience the slasher flick within a new and entertaining context. There's also a few trailers, a TV spot, an interview with co-star Harley Jane Kozak. Pretty much anything a fan of the film would want is presented here and it's clear that those behind this presentation knew how to treat the classic sorority slasher flick and it's fans right with the bonus content.
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Initial post: 22 May 2014, 22:24:53 BST
Only seen this film once, around 1995 on late night tv...I still sometimes have nightmares about the head in the toilet...
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2014, 22:47:17 BST
Puzzle box says:
Yeah, the head in the toilet scene was very memorable. House on Sorority Row was one of my favorite slashers.
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