Sorority House Massacre / Sorority House Massacre II (Double Feature DVD Review)
Directed By: Carol Frank and Jim Wynorski
Starring: Angela O’Neill, Robyn Harris, Wendy Martel, Melissa Moore
Rated: R/Region: 1/1X33 (both)/Number of disc: 1 (Double Sided)
Available from New Concorde
Sorority House Massacre (1986)
Directed By: Carol Frank
Starring: Angela O’Neill, Wendy Martel, Pamela Ross
A little girl’s brother kills the whole family but her (she escapes by hiding in the basement). He is committed, and she grows up with a new family, eventually going to college, where she joins a sorority. Due to a memory block, she doesn’t remember that the sorority house was her childhood house. Her brother senses her presence in the house and escapes so he can finish the job he was unable to complete.
Well, the story here goes that this movie got a lot of heat from people when it came out due to the fact it pretty much takes the Halloween plot, uses a killer without a cool mask, and does thing a lot like Halloween. However I would say that this movie isn’t anywhere in that ball park because things are just too darn slow. The first forty minutes of the film gives us a girl having vet-like flashbacks and as a result seeing the killer and a knife in some rather odd places. That is pretty much your 3/4ths of the film.
From there things do slightly pick up the pace, but by that time the movie is just about over with. And we can’t overlook the silly ways of the last few scenes, especially the last one that takes place in the house before the film ends with your typical 80s style ending. I wouldn’t say that this is a movie I hate, but I’d say it isn’t one I particularly like overall. If anything it is good for a laugh, but it won’t be memorable for any good reasons at the end of the day.
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Sorority House Massacre II (1990)
Directed By: Jim Wynorski
Starring: Gail Harris, Melissa Moore, Stacia Zhivago
Five college women buy the old Hokstedter place for their new sorority house. They got it cheap because of the bloody incidents from five years before. They decide to stay in it for the night so they can meet the movers in the morning, but begin to get the creeps when the weird neighbor Orville Ketchum starts poking around. Shortly after the women take showers and consult a Ouija board they begin experiencing an attrition problem.
First of all, this movie confused me originally. The movie tells a story using flashback scenes from Slumber Party Massacre and I was confused that it might be trying to connect to that until I realized they told a different story with the footage. Confusion aside, this movie is way better than the original Sorority House Massacre. We have hot women who all get naked, a weird sense of comedy tossed in, and we manage to toss a ton of very awkward moments mixed with blood that surprisingly makes for a fun time while watching. And who doesn’t enjoy looking at Gail Harris for 75 minutes?
The best way to enjoy this movie is to just let it do what it does and turn your brain off. Logic isn’t needed here and it isn’t used. But we get murder, blood, and nudity done very well. Are we watching a sequel to Sorority House Massacre or is this Slumber Party Massacre 4? Heck, at times even I can’t be for sure, but I do see why this movie gets a fairly good rep for being fun and so bad it is highly enjoyable. If we can say anything about it, it at least isn’t boring and is a lot of wacky fun. I admit it overall makes no sense, but I had a good time with it for the reasons stated.
– Cast Bios