The House on Sorority Row (1983) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Mark Rosman
Starring: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward
Rated: R/Region: 0/16×9/Number of disc: 1
Available from Liberation Films
After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.
In the giant pile of slashers from the 80s, The House on Sorority Row, isn’t a film we can list among the elite. It does however make a fine second stringer and does offer up some gore in spots and a few memorable scenes. This isn’t a film that gets in a hurry. What leads to the killing later does get dragged out ever so slightly, but perhaps that needed to be the case here. I just wish it had been done in a bit of a more exciting fashion. Another thing that does hurt things a bit is lack of solid final girl. I can’t help but feel that outside of the real bitchy girl, the rest could have exchanged with each other.
And yet still there is just something about the 80s slashers of the world that just give off a great vibe and atmosphere, this movie also has that. There are a few cool death scenes and a few nice twists in the story that keeps things interesting enough, especially in the later portion of the movie. I wouldn’t say every little thing we see on the screen makes total sense, but it is what it is. And what The House on Sorority Row is is an acceptable slasher flick at the end of the day.
– Photo Gallery
– Production Commentary
– Storyboard Comparison
– Alternate Ending