Archive for January, 2010
I’ve watched some bad films over the years, but nothing comes near to this. I almost plucked my own eyes out of my head to prevent any further viewing. Shockingly bad acting. About as bad as it could get. But as always, I hang on until the very end before putting my final thoughts to paper. If someones gone to the trouble of making a film, it’s only our duty, once commited to that film, to stick with it to the very end, for better or worse.
So we have the opening scene of the film being a girl in a show. She’s shouting out, ‘who’s there?’ ‘is that you?’ kinda obvious things. A gloved bloke breaks in and hacks her to pieces with a butcher knife. It’s all a bit cheep, even the blood looks wrong. After this initial scene you could be tempted to end the film right there, but are encouraged by the back story, which rolls up onto the screen. The story of the bizarre murders which happened in a small US town in the 80’s. A case so strange, the likes have never been seen again. ‘What could it be? I really need to watch this now just to find out’, I think to myself.
The plot. We have murders taking place. They start off at the Tri-Delta Sorority but soon spread to all sorts of places. Each time, a body part is removed and a coin left in it’s place. Some kind of weird cult is afoot, collecting body parts to build a monster for sacrifice.
The film is a mess. It’s made on a shoe string budget, but that’s no excuse. There are some signs of talent within the poor acting pool (Charles Ellis and Juli Alderman), and the plot was quite interesting, Lovecraftian even, but the film is dreadful. There are scenes which go on for hours with nothing happening. One scene shows a farm yard, point of view from a static camera. The voices of the occupants can be heared but nothing happens! Crazyness! Who thought that would be a good idea?
A few more Sorority flicks before we leave this all behind and move on. Latest Halloween outing should be good and Repo as suggested by Sarah. Thanks! then onto some Nasties – Joe D’ and Franco.
- Sorority House Murders (Blood Cult)
- The Haunting of Sorority
- Halloween 2
- Repo! The Genetic Opera
- Anthropophagous the Beast
- Bloody Moon
Scream Queens, Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer, here play 3 nerdy girls. After persuading a trio of nerdy blokes over to their Sorority, they break out the crystal ball to dabble with the unknown. A bloke with a turban appears, telling of great terror, it’s not long before the lights are flashing casting a curse and transforming the scream queens into 3 crazy demon babes. When the local Jocks from the Frat try to get an invite into the little party, the demons take matters into their own claws.
This was made the year prior to ‘Slimeball’ by the same team, David DeCoteau in the director’s seat once again. The budget is a fraction of ‘Slimeballs’ but it’s actually a better film, with the girls really pushing their talent and actually acting. (as nerds, they are barely recognisable) The comedy is good too, all tongue in cheek. Fine, cheap trash.
A group of nerds decide to perv on the local Sorority house during the girls initiation. When they get found out, they are forced to break into a bowling alley to steal a trophy. Little known to the nerds, the trophy holds a magical Imp type Djinn with the power to grant wishes which appear not to be as they seem. Soon, the wish takers are turning into Demons with terrible consequences.
Scream Queens, Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer all together in the one flick make this worth the viewing. The plot is crazy, the filming is fun and it’s what you can expect really. Better than most in this genre and definitely not serious, but not to disregarded. Scream Queens have a lot to offer to the genre, and here we see the cream of the crop in this fast moving, popcorn sleaze-fest.
Here we are again with Jim Wynorski and his Hollywood bimbo carnival. This sequel has a slight thread of continuality from the others. Absolutly nothing really to do with the first. Set in an LA office block, 5 bimbo temps are employed for admin duties. When a wrong delivery arrives and is accidentally opened, a crazy spirit of a killer is released from a Soul box with an accompaniment of thunder and lightning. Orville Ketchum, (Peter Spellos) the creepy neighbour from the last film returns as the janitor and fills the girls in on the tale of Hockstatter.
The girls get to work on shifting the admin from the basement, but after a quick cigarette break, set off the water sprinkler system, which results in the swift removal of outer garments, leaving the temps in lingerie for the rest of the film. One by one, they are picked off by a gloved killer with a hacksaw.
Once again, it’s a light fun film. The script is fun and well used and the acting is as expected. Plenty of screams and running about a dark building. Did I mention that two of the girls are the ones who where murdered in the previous film? Notably, Robyn (Gail) Harris returns and although she has some talent, struggles to hide her Yorkshire accent which is quite entertaining to watch. Melissa Moore returns and joined with Deborah Dutch, Karen Mayo-Cahndler and Bridget Carney.
Forrest Ackerman also has a small role in this film, which is great to see. Legend.
Set several years after the first outing, a bunch of College girls buy up the old house from the first film for a good price, having being left unsold for 5 years. The surprising thing is, how did these girls get into College? Bimbo springs to mind. The second thing which springs to mind, is who thought it would be a good idea to make a sequel after the first atrocity?
The story has changed. We get introduced to a creepy neighbour who offers the girls the back story. This time around it was the father, ‘Hockstatter’, that lost the plot, killed his wife and daughters, rather than the psycho son on his ‘Halloween’ homage. But is it Hockstatter we need to fear, returning for further victims, or the creepy neighbour, Orville Ketchum? (Peter Spellos)
This is not a bad film, it’s just cheep. The acting is light and fun and the gore is wet and red. Director Jim Wynorski has made a whole bunch of sequels,(976 Evil 2, Ghoulies 4) but is more famous for his latter glossy Hollywood tongue in cheek exploitation, Wiches of Breastwick, The Da Vinci Coed and Cleavagefield to name a few. The cats spend most of the film changing their lingerie and tip toeing around the house in the dark whilst lightning lights up the house. Robyn Harris, Melissa Moore, Stacia Zhivago, Barbii and Dana Bentley are the Sorority. Interesting though, the famous groupie, Shannon Wilsey makes a guest appearance. (Later involved in conspiracy suicide at the home of House of Pain’s Danny Boy)
Another thing to look out for is the psycho’s choice of weapon being a fish hook, used a few years prior to Candyman and I Know what you did…
Beth’s family are murdered by her psycho younger brother. She manages to hide and survive. He’s locked up in a mental unit. Years later, Beth (Angela O’Neill) heads off to Collage, not realising her new Sorority home is the house of her family massacre! This kind of triggers some mental link between her and her brother, who wants to finish the job he started.
This is quite a bad flick, lifting storyline from Halloween, and dream like sequences from Elm Street. The soundtrack is quite Elm Street too for that matter. The acting isn’t really up to much, O’Neill has little in the way of screen presence, but realistically, she is the only positive thing about this film. (She didn’t have much of a career in front of the camera, moving to Prop departments in the early 90’s) The script is also quite poor, but the direction is awful, paired with a dreadful plot. Makes difficult viewing. Director Carol Frank was never seen of again after this piece of tripe.
A group of College girls decide to stay in their Sorority House over a closed weekend, despite threats from the home owner, Mrs Slater, played by the terrific Lois Kelso Hunt. After a prank goes wrong, the girls have a corpse on their hands, and a growing number of murders soon start to stack up. The Frat party must go on though.
This is a well shot film, Directed by Mark Rosman, (who has also written and Produced the remake), very good cast who work well with the script. Eileen Davidson and Kate McNeil (Vicki and Katey) both offer brilliant performances. Although the calibre of talent is high all round. Soundtrack offers much to the atmosphere too.
This film really should have more recognition as it’s offered much to the genre, obviously influencing Scream and Sorority House Massacre series’ amongst others. Plenty of solid stable slasher moments too. (Locker scene is impressive) and Vicki’s demise is real good. The film actually builds momentum with plenty of believable back story which leaves the viewer watching to a suspenseful climax: The bulbous head of the killer is quite terrifying, and the old head down the pad is class. Great invetive final murder too. Defiantly one not to be overlooked.
I really wanted to like this film. The hype has been quite impressive, words of encouragement, ‘Best horror film since Scream’. I was let down. Let down in a big way, but I’m gonna give this one a second chance. I will watch it again in a few weeks just to confirm my fears.
Basic outline is as follows. A sorority house sees a spate of murders sweep across the house following the accidental death of a friend involved in a prank gone wrong. All involved begin to fall like flies.
My main issue here is the characters are drab bitches who struggle to show any sign of enjoyment, even during the first 10 minutes whilst a huge house sorority party takes place, OC/90210 style. The film is clinical and sharp, which is a nice thing, (credit to Director Stewert Hendler) but doesn’t seem to work with this style of film, which could have worked better being warm and glossy. Again, on a second viewing, I could be wrong, and maybe this is the films strength. Deaths are well accomplished and nicely filmed, Soundtrack also works very well. But my second biggest gripe following bitchy characters is the pointless motive upon reveal of the murderer. Poor and seriously lets the film down.
On a positive, I enjoyed the setup prank murder during the opening few scenes. Very good. Second positive, Carrie Fisher! I could be very wrong about this one. Second viewing will happen,
Sorority week. Lets go!
- Sorority Row
- The House on Sorority Row
- Sorority House Massacre
- Sorority House Massacre 2
- Sorority House Massacre 3 (Hard to Die)
- Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama
- Sorority Sisters (Nightmare Sisters)