The House on Sorority Row (1983)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  21 January 1983 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate McNeil ...
Katherine (as Kathryn McNeil)
Janis Ward ...
Liz (as Janis Zido)
Robin Meloy ...
Diane (as Harley Kozak)
Jodi Draigie ...
Ellen Dorsher ...
Lois Kelso Hunt ...
Mrs. Slater
Christopher Lawrence ...
Dr. Beck
Michael Kuhn ...
Michael Sergio ...
Ruth Walsh ...
Ed Heath ...
Jean Schertler ...
Larry Singer ...


A group of girls staying at a sorority house clash with the house's owner, who wants them out. They decide to play a prank on her, but it goes awry and she winds up dead. Panicking, the girls try to hide the body, but someone (or something) witnessed the crime and begins to stalk them. Written by Anonymous

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21 January 1983 (USA)  »

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House of Evil  »

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$425,000 (estimated)

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The opening black and white sequence was tinted blue by the distributor. See more »


(at around 41 mins) Diane locks the kitchen door and remains next to it. In the next shot, she's leaning against a counter. In addition, later, Katie runs out of the kitchen, without anyone unlocking the door. See more »


Morgan: Does that mean she could still be alive?
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Parochial, begging for parody
13 June 2011 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

It's hard to imagine how low the bar was set in this field, that relatively early in the slasher something like this passed muster. If you want a prototype example of what is completely cliché and uninspired about this type of film, look no further. We tend to idealize originals and chide remakes for pilfering artistic vision, but this is no less of a soporific cash-grab than the 2009 remake.

A bunch of sorority girls planning a party, a prank gone awry, the evil house mother. We see a girl put on lipstick (bright red), and she's the first to die. One of them is the bitch, the ring leader, another is the good one who tries to dissuade the rest.

It doesn't take a genius to make a film like Scream then. Only someone with basic observation skills. The only difference between the Wes Craven parody and this, is that Wes Craven understood how laughably derivative a lot of this is.

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