House On Sorority Row

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  1. Hellbilly

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    They should have included both endings on the DVD, too bad they missed that opportunity (like always!).

    rhett, did you change your opinions about Sorority Row or do you still think it was kinda lame?
    Just curious :)
     
  2. rhett

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    No, still kind of letdown by it, and I guess it is because of the ending. There is just no dramatic pay off for sitting there for 90 minutes. In movies like Halloween, even though the killer lives, the film takes time allow the viewer and the characters to reflect on what happened, and to give a sigh of relief. Then when it shows that Myers is gone, it makes it all the more better because we were given those precious minutes to toss away all our fears, only to be shocked again. In HOSR, the killer falls, and then almost immidiately after his eyes open and there just wasn't any pay off for watching the lengthy climax. The film definitely has some strong points, like the beginning and the early premise, but just left me cold during the ending.

    After giving it some time, I am not as partial to the film, but it still didn't sit as right for me as well as I had remembered it from my childhood. But no worries :)
     
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    Well, the best thing to do is, when watching HOSR, to push the pause button on your remote right after Eric falls down the stairs.
    Then we relax and wait (for about, 5 minutes?) to toss away all of our fears and wait for that relief, and THEN push the pause button again to get that final shock moment. How's that? ;)

    Hey, I'm with you rhett, there was definitely no pay off after watching it for 90 minutes, the ending happen just so damn quick.
    After all I think your right, those other endings would have fit the film a lot better.

    But I still enjoy HOSR the way it is. :)
     
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    Haha, good call, but I am a lazy university student, so that is asking too much! I'll give it yet another look soon, and then maybe we will finally agree on the film :)
     
  5. iluvdaria

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    I'm definately not saying that it was the inspiration for "Halloween" but I think Carpenter owes some debt for that one to "Black Christmas" IMHO. Maybe also, "Alice, Sweet Alice".
     
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    Ah yes, those young, lazy, afraid of real work students, never too lazy/shy for a reply though. :D ;)
     
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    Well, I'd hate to resort to flattery, but I find you much more entertaining then HOSR. :D :)
     
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    I must be doing something wrong then... um, what? :D
    haha, likewise (rhettman-------->FINAL EXAM). :)
     
  9. I liked it too!
    House On Soriority Row was actually one of the later slashers I watched. I'd avoided it until it was screened uncut on TV, and I watched it because it was there I suppose.

    I thought it was stylishly shot, and the score was classier than most of the cheaper slashers. I thought that scene in the atic - where you see the killer's mask look up behind the girl - was really cool, & particularly effective.
    Much better than stuff like Slumber Party Massacre and it's sequels.
     
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    HOSR is a cool, fun slasher. One of my favs from the 80s.
    Glad to see you also liked it Magnum. :D
     
  11. Out of the darkness the zombie did crawl

    Awfully nice of you to say so, HellBilly - I did indeed like it.

    Maybe it's not so much of a good idea to theorise too much about slasher movies, because it can ruin them a little.
    If you think about them too much, you begin to ask yourself why Cropsy didn't die of total shock when he threw himself into the water. What exactly happened at the end of Maniac where the victims come to life. How a 60 year old man has enough upper arm strength to ram a bayonet through a man's skull in The Prowler. Why a little kid can take a woman's head off with a swing of a heavy axe in Nightmares In A Damaged Brain.
    If you include A Nightmare On Elm Street too - then a simple 'why' will suffice for absolutely everything that happens in any movie of the entire franchise!
     
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    Yeah, I know exactly what you mean Magnum. Thinking too much about the "whys" in a horror/slasher film can kinda spoil the whole fun.
    My advice: Don't question everything (logic) that you see on screen. Just relax and let the (on screen) madness guide you. :)
     
  13. Sounds good to me! - Sometimes, even if someone points out a mistake or a continuity error I'd never noticed before - it's all I ever see whenever I watch the movie after that. Like the hand coming out of the cellar in The Evil Dead, or the guy on the Bridge at the beginning.
    With some movies - I'd rather just take it easy, switch off the world & chill.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    I recall being so mislead by the then-advertising of the film that I kicked myself for not seeing at the theater. Having on the poster to go on, it looked like a soft-core sex movie or something. Had I known it was one of the last slasher films, I would have high-tailed it to the theaters pretty quick. Oh well. what do you guys think?
     
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    I've remember reading the video box back sleeve over and over again cuz I also was kinda misleaded by the cover. Lucky me I did rent it and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise after all.
    If you still haven't seen it wago, go watch it on DVD, you won't be disappointed. :)
     
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    I got the DVD the day it came out (wink) - one thing I love is the picture quality and the sound is so much better than my over-used Vestron tape. Oddly, the trailer is in better condition on the tape, but I guess the elements were in better shape back then.
    Is House simply matted for DVD or is it properly widescreened?
     
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    Sorry, I wouldn't know anything about the technical aspects of HOSR but this is what Dave had to say in his review:

    Elite presents The House on Sorority Row in an anamorphic widescreen transfer in it's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Decent transfer here but there are some problems. There's a few print blemishes that appear (scratches, lines and dirt) and there's also some signs of grain during darker scenes, but it's all minimal and does not occur often. Also, a few nighttime scenes become overly bright for a few seconds. Colors are slightly faded, but as I've said before you can only expect so much for an old B movie that was made on a tiny budget. Image quality is generally sharp, though it does get soft in a handful of scenes. Not Elite's best, but it's still a good transfer overall. I'm going to rate it a B-.
     
  18. Spectre

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    "...so you would expect to at least get a glimpse of the killer."

    You do get a brief shot of Eric's face after he murders the doctor. When the girl looks over the staircase and sees the body, Eric's in the shadows (sans mask) looking up at her. Cue the disc to that particular scene, pause it, then adjust the brightness if you have to--you'll see him. He's looks deformed, but the effect is minor.
     
  19. JoeLeo74

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    Yes it is 100% properly widescreened in its original theatrical aspect ratio 1.85:1.

    <img src=http://www.animationstation.net/posterimages/H/House_On_Sorority_Row_folded.jpg height=300width=300>
     
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    Thanks for the info - it looks much better balanced than my old Vestron tape.
    By the way, does anyone know if Mrs. Slater's voice is dubbed in the film (excluding the prologue since the actress sounds more natural)?
     

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