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A girl is killed and raped minutes after fighting with her boyfriend (Jeff) and he left her. Jeff is the assistant of professor Caldwell at the university, and he wanted to return with his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle McCormick ...
Lisa
Ken Roberts ...
Jeff
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Ernie (as Joe Phelan)
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Professor Caldwell
Steven Henry ...
Brad
Blair Karsch ...
Mark
Kitty ...
Stephanie
Skylar Nicholas ...
Carol (as Sky Nicholas)
Maureen O'Hanlon ...
Sheila
Cindra Hodgdon ...
Cassie
Roxanne Kernohan ...
Ann
Christie Mucciante ...
Karen
Herschel Savage ...
Detective (as Harvey Cowen)
Rolo Swank ...
Reporter
Rex Bellmore ...
Ambulance Attendant #1
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A girl is killed and raped minutes after fighting with her boyfriend (Jeff) and he left her. Jeff is the assistant of professor Caldwell at the university, and he wanted to return with his old girlfriend (Lisa). The girl lived with another five girls, including Lisa. All these girls begin to be killed, one by one, in different and strange ways. The main suspect is Jeff. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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First there were ten little sorority girls...then there was one.

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12 March 1988 (Japan)  »

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Nudity-saturated, vaguely misogynistic, and generally inept late 80's slasher flick
23 August 2008 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Someone is killing nubile sorority girls. At first suspicion falls on the creepy live-in landlord of the sorority house (how many college sorority houses have creepy GUYS living in them--and how can I get a job like that?). Then everyone begins to suspect the boyfriend of the heroine, who was with one of the girl's right before she was killed. The final revelation is pretty ridiculous and veers into the realm of science fiction.

This film is preposterous. The dialogue is ludicrous. The acting is abysmal. The murders are laughable. The only remarkable thing about is the way it manages to aggressively undress all the female cast-members (except the lead, who, of course, is by far the best looking). The female victims are even all naked or topless WHEN they are murdered (except for one girl who has just changed her shirt a few minutes earlier, but is technically dressed at the time). When I first saw this in the early 90's I found it pretty sleazy and offensive, but after watching a lot Italian sleaze and Eurotrash films in recent years, I think I've become to desensitized to stuff like this, and was mainly impressed with the fact that only one of the girls here has obviously fake silicone breasts.

This is one slasher movie that could genuinely be labeled "misogynist" though, and not just because of the gratuitous female nudity. Some of the murder scenes are kind of prolonged. One girl is electrocuted--topless, of course--for several boob-bouncing minutes. Another is tied up and smothered with plaster, which the killer takes time to smear all over her bare breasts for some reason before plastering her face. What really bothered me though was not what the killer did to the females, but what he failed to do to do to two insufferably annoying male characters: "Brad", a New Jersey-accented "punk" tough guy played by an actor who left no scenery unchewed whenever he was on screen, and "Captain Marvin" a dimwitted guy who dresses as a superhero and watches re-runs of "Green Acres" and "Petticoat Junction" (remember these are supposed to be COLLEGE students). I really have to wonder about a movie that strips, murders, and sometimes mildly tortures numerous anonymous bimbos (some of whom never even appear in the film before their death scene), but yet fails to put these two male cretins out of everyone's misery.


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