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The House on Sorority Row (1983)

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

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Katherine (as Kathryn McNeil)
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Janis Ward ...
Liz (as Janis Zido)
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Diane (as Harley Kozak)
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Mrs. Slater
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Dr. Beck
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Michael Sergio ...
Ruth Walsh ...
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Ed Heath ...
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Larry Singer ...
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Storyline

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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Welcome Home...to the Sorority of your nightmares. See more »


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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

(at around 18 mins) The stocking on Vicki's right leg is gone just before Mrs. Slater tears the hole in the water and then quickly reappears. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Slater: If that gun is real all you girls are going to be in real trouble.
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Crazy Credits

The mechanical tick of Eric's jack-in-the-box plays on as the ending credits role. See more »

Connections

References Diabolique (1955) See more »

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Waiting for Roxanne
Composed and Performed by 4 Out of 5 Doctors
4 Out of 5 Doctors appear courtesy of Nemperor Records, Inc. and CBS Inc.
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What it lacks in originality it makes up for in competence and entertainment value
30 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Halloween' certainly inspired many other movies, but some of those films even inspired some themselves. Without 'Friday the 13th' we wouldn't likely have 'My Bloody Valentine' and without 'Black Christmas' we might not have 'Silent Night, Deadly Night.' Roger Corman produced many great cult films in the 1980s, some of which imitated other films that were great hits. The 1982 Slasher flick 'The Slumber Party Massacre' was his contribution to the sub-genre and would make way for a few similar films, such as this little known one. Like 'Slumber,' 'The House on Sorority Row' involves a bunch of young women partying it up and being slaughtered. Sounds like good times, which for the most part it is.

Pros: Fine job done by the cast, and surprisingly the characters are not really interchangeable. A score that's often eerie. Moves at a good pace. Doesn't take itself too seriously. Plenty of creepy sequences. Writer/director Rosman gives the film more style than it deserves. He also creates some suspense.

Cons: Nothing new here. Too many characters, not enough time to really get to know each of them. Pretty dated, especially because of the band playing at the party. It's not much of a mystery who the killer is. Disappointing end.

Final thoughts: This is pretty much a case of "been there, done that," but the film isn't a total washout. You can tell the people in front of and behind the camera were having a good time and trying to make the best film they could. I wouldn't go out of my way to get a hold of a copy, but if you love 80s Slasher flicks like I do then give it a chance.

My rating: 3/5


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