Too much male bonding here..
Frat House Massacre (2008)
Directed By: Alex Pucci
Oh college sororities! No matter if it’s men or women they never do go very well for anyone involved do they? Things get predictably ugly here in, Frat House Massacre. A tale of massacre in a frat house (duh!)! But while the title makes that aspect predictable there are some other things that are anything but when it comes to this movie. Now, I won’t say it’s good when this sorta stuff happens, but it’s at least different. It’s also got a lot of blood and gore in it. Can’t ever go wrong with that, right?…Right? Ah well, I guess we’ll just have to get down to business here and see.
Set in the late 70s, this gritty and twisted film taps the physical and mental underpinnings of the meaning of the word “brother” in a way reminiscent of the best of late 70s grindhouse and early 80s slashers…That’s the basic plot outline there, guys. While it’s not my own words I’ll say it does resemble older slasher films, but I wouldn’t go out on that limb that says it resembles the best of them. But if you base that one the fact there is blood, unlikeable characters, and a lot of nudity, then perhaps OK?
This film is a bit of an odd ball to say the least. It’s in the mold of a slasher but it has some supernatural elements as well. It’s all tossed together and more times than not in this movie it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. While I like seeing chicks naked and seeing blood all over the place as much as the next dude, I do like some little sign of stability to hold it all together and make it all make a lot more reasonable. If you are going to toss in some supernatural stuff in a film you might as well go all out with it and have it come back to make a lot more of an impact on the plot than it ends up making at the end of the day on this one.
I also hated every single character in this movie from man to woman, it didn’t matter to me. Do you recall back in school when you’d have a table full of douchebags that thought they were awesome? Even if they weren’t the IN crowed they thought they were and they thought every little thing about themselves was just the epitome of awesome. That’s the guys and gals we have in this movie. None are likeable at all during the film. And even when someone is naked I promise you they’ll still find a way to annoy the living hell out of you. But, the good way of looking at that is simple you want them to die and you cheer louder if they get taken out in a very disturbing way.
But in between the a-holes, blood, and 70’s setting, I must ask a simple question. Where are the cops here?? Unless I am missing something, this movie takes place at a college and it follows a sorority. A LOT of college students all of whom are connected to this group come up missing in pretty close times to one another. So where are the cops?? Shouldn’t the FBI or someone be swarming this place for answers? That never once happens and it doesn’t make a whole heck of a lot of sense if you really try to think about it. It’s little things like that that just drove me crazy while watching this movie. But none the less I will say that the blood and gore is at least good and really the only solid highlight to the movie.
This is another release from Synapse and if you like nudity and gore you may like it. I was a little un-impressed overall but could see where more (less picky) reviewers might take a liking to it. I just think it needed some likeable characters and some more common sense. But, that’s just my opinion.
The Rating (5/10)