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The House on Sorority Row (1982)

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


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Trivia

Writer-director Mark Rosman based the movie on his own real-life experiences from going to college. See more »

Goofs

Kathryn goes into the third bathroom stall to hide. The locking knob is shown being unlocked from the outside. There is no outside lock on stall doors. See more »

Quotes

Jeanie: Can you actually believe what we're talking about!
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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 uncut version has been re-released here since. The uncut original version of the film was finally released in the UK (as "House On Sorority Row") by Hollywood DVD in 2002. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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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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One of the more underrated and enjoyable slashers
26 October 2018 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Living in a new house, a group of sorority sisters ordered out of the building by the house mother decide to partake in a prank only for her to be killed, and while trying to hide the accident find themselves stalked and killed by a strange being forcing them to find a way of stopping it.

This wound up being quite the fun and entertaining slasher. One of the film's strongest points is the slasher-potential of the main setup that gets everything involved in the main storyline. The idea of the house being used to throw a party against the wishes of the arrogant, spiteful house-mother who's preventing their planned fun generates a kind of overall familiarity to the type of traditional slasher fun that comes about in the later half. As the party rages on and they get more and more panicked about the discovery of the body, there's a rather enjoyable atmosphere created here that's paid off nicely by the strong stalking featured throughout mixed with their desire to keep the crime hidden the entire time. That interplay is rather important as the film goes on with so many near-misses and interactions with others as they're trying to keep their activities hidden that the killer bumping them off intrudes on things rather nicely in order to punch up the suspense of their encounters. From the initial encounter in the backyard that results in the scene with the killer appearing behind the boyfriend to the ambush outside the mechanics of the pool room and the scene in the bathroom where they see the killer arrive in the house before and begins chasing them leading into the quest to get to safety in the stalls which gives this one some great moments. The finale as well, with the chase around the house featuring the killer and the doctor both trying to capture the last survivor for their own plans as she has to get away while being drugged the entire time offers up some solid and highly chilling elements as this one builds to a nicely creepy and fun finish as they try to get the upper hand for their own methods. The entire film is based on the idea of mostly stumbling upon the killer accidentally which leads to some nice suspense as the tactic proves the killer really could be anywhere at any time. Coupled with a stellar-looking clown disguise and some brutal, lively kills that are somewhat restricted by the rating, these here are what hold it up over it's few minor flaws. Among the main problems with the film is that the central prank they're trying to set up is moronic and makes no sense at all. Firing a blank-loaded gun at the woman as she attempts to retrieve a walking cane from a floatation device in the pool against her knowledge is simply stupid as that doesn't strike any kind of accord to what she put them through which is the entire purpose of the stunt. Here, this entire prank just seems foolish and destined to turn out the way it does so the entire purpose of this just feels underdeveloped and rather lame. Likewise, the fact that the majority of the stalking scenes emerge as just simply having the killer stumble upon them in the way he does offers a lot to like but it also means the film doesn't have the same type of suspense present by never making us be aware of the killer's presence. This turns some of the scenes into somewhat bland sequences as the idea of the killer being around has a very prominent feel yet somewhat fails to utilize that properly with the way this plays out their encounters as merely shock encounters. As well as the censored gore in the kills, there's not much else really wrong here.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, Brief Nudity and violence-against-animals.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1983 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$425,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$617,661, 23 January 1983

Gross USA:

$10,604,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,604,986
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Company Credits

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VAE Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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