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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.

Director:

Mark Rosman

Writers:

Mark Rosman, Bobby Fine (additional dialogue)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate McNeil ... Katherine (as Kathryn McNeil)
Eileen Davidson ... Vicki
Janis Ward Janis Ward ... Liz (as Janis Zido)
Robin Meloy Robin Meloy ... Jeanie
Harley Jane Kozak ... Diane (as Harley Kozak)
Jodi Draigie ... Morgan
Ellen Dorsher ... Stevie
Lois Kelso Hunt ... Mrs. Slater
Christopher Lawrence Christopher Lawrence ... Dr. Beck
Michael Kuhn ... Peter
Michael Sergio ... Rick
Ruth Walsh Ruth Walsh ... Mother
Ed Heath Ed Heath ... Policeman
Jean Schertler ... Nurse
Larry Singer Larry Singer ... Photographer
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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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Taglines:

Seven graduates of sorority sisters stalked as they hold a guilty secret See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Evil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$425,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$617,661, 23 January 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,292,888
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Company Credits

Production Co:

VAE Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview with TerrorTrap.com, director Mark Rosman stated that he dislikes the US poster art for this film. Rosman's idea for the films poster was a Deliverance-style image of a hand rising out of the swimming pool. However the poster for the US release shows an image of a scantily-clad young woman. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Stevie: Kathryn listen to Vicki for once.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The UK video version (retitled "House of Evil") omits a short scene after the attack on Jeanie, in which Katherine goes to look for Peter and finds him standing by the piano. It also shows shots of children's toys at the end of the film, whereas the US version ends immediately after the killer's eyes open. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Waiting for a Change
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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an above average slasher film!
7 August 2006 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

The House on Sorority Row is one of the better tales of vengeance in the slasher genre.

Sorority girls pull a prank on their house mother, only for her to end up dead and the girls left in a world of trouble. They believe they have covered up the crime, but when night falls someone begins to seek murderous revenge against the sorority sisters. Questions abound, but will anyone be left alive to answer them?

Between director Mark Rosman and a decent cast, this low-budget horror tale rises above many of it's kind. Rosman makes the most of the filming locations while nicely adding stylistic touches to the film with good camera work and some nice imagery. He creates some truly effective moments of psychological horror, as well as physical (with some occasional bloody moments). Ultimately the film manages to build to some good suspense and a claustrophobic finale! Also of note is the lavishly wonderful music score, which provides some beautiful and haunting themes for the film.

A worthy (and under exposed) horror outing for genre fans! Check it out.

*** out of ****


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