House On Sorority Row

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  1. rhett

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    I finally rented this movie last night, and I must say, I was really disappointed. I am a huge fan of slasher films and all, but this one just deviates into silly by the numbers slasher after a promising 30 minutes. I was reminded a lot of the horrible Sorority House Massacre (names not withstanding) while watching HOSR, and they are basically the same film as far as the final 30 minutes are concerned.

    I did like how some of the kills were done, but the gore was pretty minute. I also liked the whole premise of the girls banding together swearing not to tell about their devilish deed, but this aspect really isn't followed through in the rest of the film.

    Another problem with the film was that the killer wasn't really given his big climactic chase, or any real background. You see him all for about 1 minute screen time total, and that just isn't enough for this kind of film. I know it worked in Black Christmas, but this film shows most of the murders, so you would expect to at least get a glimpse of the killer.

    And the ending, boooooo. Probably the worst and most cliched ending the film could have had...and it is all too abrupt as well. Again, there just wasn't enough pay off in the final battle to leave me satisfied.

    What about you guys? I know it is regarded as one of the classic early 80's slashers, so I am prepared to take a beating, what are your thoughts?!
     
  2. killit

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    i rented it a week and a half ago and barely remember it. What I remember is it being pretty good, but sort of a rip off of something
     
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    ...i liked it!

    i kinda enjoyed House on Sorority Row , sure, it wont win any prizes for originality, but what the hell...which slasher does? the film had its moments (my favorite: the fat guy in the pool), and that band! best tom-petty-imitation-band ever! ...i just loved their cheesy songs...the only thing i didnt like too much was this carrie-like credit title opening (i guess the director was once a cameraman for de palma?, not sure...). so anywho, House on Sorority Row is one of my faves 80s slashers. i would recommend it anytime...
     
  4. rhett

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    I guess what just miffs me about it is that the film started out with a lot of promise. The first 40 minutes were nicely done, with some good build up to the girls hatred toward the landlady. But where the film fell apart for me was the fact that the girls simply disposed of the woman in the pool and then went of seconds later to prepare for their party.

    Okay, I watch horror, I understand that plot isn't necessarily supposed to be clever, but it shouldn't be devoid of common sense! Obviously the girls are not going to have fun at a party knowing they've murdered an old lady, secondly, you'd think they would at least check to make sure the body sunk in the pool, and thirdly, why the hell would you dispose of her in an open pool in the first place when you are about to throw a wild party?

    The whole doctor-holding-the-girl-hostage thing just didn't work for me either. I felt it just added an unnecessary plot complication that lessened the conflict between the girls and the killer.

    A missed opportunity in my eyes...
     
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    the dead pool

    rhett, you didnt like it. so? no bashing here...its your opinion and thats fine. the reason i liked it is because i never take such films (like Sorority Row) too seriously. lighten up, will ya? ;)
     
  6. rhett

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    Hey, I have no problems with you liking it, after all I asked for your opinion! I just wanted to perhaps stir a discussion on why or whynot people liked the film. I don't take horror films too seriously at all, I like fluff films just like anyone else. Just trying to get some debate going and life into the Slasher Forum! :)
     
  7. Hellbilly

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    House Opinions

    it seems like we're the only two babbling about it...nobody else liked/disliked this film?
     
  8. horrorboy101

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    Actually...

    Actually I loved the film and being 1983 before SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE I don't believed it ripped off much. I did love the music, the deaths, the acting was very decent for a low budget slasher pic, the actresses have gone on to become semi-famous. There actually was a nice chase at two points in the film. The girl who was decapitated in the bathroom was chased for about 3-4 minutes and at the end the main girl was chased for about 3. Yes we didn't see the killer's face, no it didn't work as well as BC, but it did do for the film and I can see why many people enjoy the film. I can still remember the trailer, it looked sort of like a HEATHERS type movie, even though it came out before HEATHERS the preview made the film look like the girls were killing each other sort of in a dark humor way.
     
  9. satan x

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    House on Sorority Row is a total rip off of Halloween and Les Diaboliques, but I still quite enjoyed it. In truth most slasher movies rip of Halloween simply because it created a template for this kind of movie. I like most slasher films from Friday the 13th to Cherry Falls, but if I was honest I wouldn't class any as great examples of the art of filmaking with the exceptions of Halloween and Black Christmas.
     
  10. Joel Groce

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    I totally agree with you - this one didn't do it for me at all - there were some neat touches at the end (atmosphere and such), but it didn't have enough of these elements to sustain itself. (especially when compared with films by Carpenter or Argento which have atmosphere in spades!)
     
  11. David666

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    I remember seeing this as a little kid, but thats about all i remember. I have many times picked it up at the store, but always found something else I knew for sure I wanted. hellbilly has pretty good taste, I think I am gonna go ahead and pick it up though. Sadly, with so many things coming out int he next three months... singles like "Jeepers Creepers", "Tomb Raider", "Madonna: Drowned World", and blah blah blah as well as box sets (Buffy, Twin Peaks, QAF, X-Files 4) It will be round the middle of January before I get a chance. Maybe I can ask for it as a Holiday present. Hmmmmm. My mother actually got me "Brain Damage" last year.
     
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    my momma

    Hey! My mom bought me Let Sleeping Corpses Lie LE last christmas :D . This year i'll put Sleepless on my wishlist...:)
     
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    sure this wasnt the greatest flick but its kinda a guilty pleasure...
    its not as original as Halloween or shocking as Texas Chainsaw Massacre but its a good movie to rent if nothing else strikes you...
     
  14. wago70

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    I love this film a lot, but there are some flaws which I just couldn't get past:
    - the make-up effects were pretty crude.
    - it ends JUST when it is starting to get
    really good.

    Pluses why I loved it:
    - several of the actresses (especially Kate McNeil)
    - the score (love the CD)
    - Four out of Five Doctors
    - "Go check upstairs" (instead what does she
    do - put some clothes away and sing some
    lame sorority song)
    - the opening credits.
    - House is one of the last of that era (oddly,
    the ad and trailer campaign make it look
    as though it's a soft-core sex/revenge
    film rather than a horror flick)


    "I'm a sea pig!"
     
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    well...

    I loved it. The mystery of Eric.. the head in the toilet, everything. I have a site for the film @ http://www.sororityrow.cjb.net - just my humble tribute to the only slasher that drew emotive from me.

    The distributors cut off the ending... what happened after the killer's eyes opened was, it cuts to the police and ambulances arrived. They find the clown body in the pool, turn it over and it's Katherine, the heroine. That's right, Eric drowned her and put the costume on her so they think she did the killings.. how fitting... !
     
  16. rhett

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    I think that ending would have fit the film a lot better! Looks like I am indeed out numbered in my dislike for the film, and I guess I was just expecting too much from it...
     
  17. AceRimRat

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    I thought it was OK. I'd hoped for more, but it wasn't bad. Just nothing great. So I guess you could say I was a little disappointed too.

    The DVD is sadly bare-bones, too.
     
  18. JoeLeo74

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    This is for sure an above average slasher which has good pacing,ok acting and some good shock effects..

    I thought Mark Rosman did a good job as director.

    And ya the dvd is bare bones big deal..The film print is all i care about.Elite did a good job on it.

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  19. Hellbilly

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    Re: well...

    I got this from IMDB:

    The UK version shows shots of childrens toys at the end of the film, whereas the US version ends immediately after the killer's eyes open.
     
  20. rhett

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    I think I would have liked the UK ending much better, it would make it a little more creepy like Black Christmas.
     

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