An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
While trying to understand a frightening reoccurring nightmare, a pledge is coaxed into breaking into her father's department store by her sorority sisters, where a deranged killer targets the girls and their boyfriends.
A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.
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
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 »
(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 »
The mechanical tick of Eric's jack-in-the-box plays on as the ending credits role. See more »
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 »
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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