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Sorority House Massacre (1986)

R | | Horror | 10 October 1986 (USA)
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College student Beth and her sorority sisters are stalked by an escaped psychopathic killer who shares a strange telepathic link with her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela O'Neill ... Beth
Wendy Martel Wendy Martel ... Linda
Pamela Ross Pamela Ross ... Sara
Nicole Rio ... Tracy
John C. Russell John C. Russell ... Bobby
Marcus Vaughter ... Andy
Vinnie Bilancio ... John
Joe Nassi ... Craig
Mary Anne Mary Anne ... Mrs. Lawrence
Gillian Frank Gillian Frank ... Dr. Lindsey
Joseph Mansier Joseph Mansier ... Technician
Robert Axelrod ... Larry (as Axel Roberts)
Fitz Houston ... Det. Gilbert (as Fitzhough Huston)
Marsha L. Carter Marsha L. Carter ... Nurse (as Marsha Carter)
Maureen Hawkes Maureen Hawkes ... Professor


A little girl's brother kills the whole family but her (she escapes by hiding in the basement). He is committed, and she grows up with a new family, eventually going to college, where she joins a sorority. Due to a memory block, she doesn't remember that the sorority house was her childhood house. Her brother senses her presence in the house and escapes so he can finish the job he was unable to complete. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death House See more »

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California, USA See more »

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Concorde Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Originally titled "Simply Sorority". See more »


Just after Linda has been stabbed falls to the floor, the killer starts to crawl towards Beth, you can see Linda moving slightly, even though she has just died. See more »


[first lines]
Beth: Hi, Mrs. Lawrence.
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Featured in Sorority Sister: An Interview with Nicole Rio (2014) See more »

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A lot less T&A than Wynorski's nightie slashers, but a lot more story and suspense (hmm, tough call...)
28 May 2003 | by BillyBCSee all my reviews

(**1/2 out of *****)

This is the only movie in the slasher-slashes-girls-in-their-nighties series -- which includes the "Slumber Party Massacre" movies and Jim Wynorski's "Hard to Die" (he also directed the sequel to this one) -- that stands on its own. It has nothing to do with the others, and, storywise, it's better. Angela O'Neill plays a traumatized college girl who has sleeping and waking nightmares about a madman who murdered his family, except for one sister (guess who it is), twelve years ago in the house that is now O'Neill's sorority house. When she and three of her sorority sisters are left alone for the weekend, her dreams come true when the same nutcase escapes from the mental hospital and comes back home to finish the job. I'm not gonna lie to you -- this is far from great -- but, it is surprisingly suspenseful in parts, the characters are fairly likable, and, unlike most of these other movies, the script does a believably good job of keeping the girls trapped in the house. There is a silly dress-up montage (including the obligatory topless scenes), the obligatory false-scare climax (including a totally unnecessary final murder that ticked me off), and lots of scenes of knives going into stomachs and backs. Otherwise, the T&A is not as rampant as in the other nightie slashers, but the story is (slightly) more rewarding.

HIGHLIGHT: One sorority chic and her boyfriend are fooling around in a tent in the backyard when the killer ruins all their fun by slashing up the tent and stabbing the girl right between the -- well, not the eyes -- and her boyfriend ditches her and runs, screaming and buck-naked, back into the house.

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