Sorority House Massacre (1986)
Director: Carol Frank
Producer: Ron Diamond
Screenplay: Carol Frank
Date Released: October 10, 1986
Angela O’Neill as Laura ‘Beth’ Henkel
Wendy Martel as Linda
Pamela Ross as Sara
Nicole Rio as Tracy
John C. Russell as Bobby Henkel
Marcus Vaughter as Andy
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
This story follows college student, Beth, who recently moves into a sorority house. When the remainder of the sorority sisters go home for the weekend, Beth and a few other girls stay at the sorority house to have their own fun get together. But while they are having fun, a mental patient, Bobby Henkel, escapes from a mental asylum and can sense that Beth is staying at the sorority house. Beth, who had experienced her families murder as a child was unaware that the sorority house was actually the place where her family got murdered and Bobby Henkel was the one who committed these horrible crimes. Beth, who is unaware that Bobby is her brother, now has a new threat as he is coming for her to complete the murder he had started.
Sorority House Massacre is a slasher film and as you may expect, there is a high body count. For slasher film fans, there will be plenty of blood and gore with each death.
The Grave Review
The movie is not different from other sorority films. Generally, these films follow a similar theme in which the sorority sisters enjoy a fun night only to be interrupted by some stalker or killer. Sorority House Massacre follows that exact plot and unfortunately provides little in the way of originality. That being said, for slasher movie fans who just want to enjoy the mindless entertainment of seeing a few sorority sisters killed, this may something you will like.
As with all B-films, the performances of the actresses and actors are less than subpar. There is nobody in the film who stands out or gives a commendable performance. But, the women are certainly pleasant to look at.
In addition, the pace of the film felt slow but managed to become interesting as the film progressed. One of the biggest flaws with this film were the constant flashbacks that Beth experienced. The flashbacks were not incorporated well and often took away from the flow of the film. For example, in one scene, Bobby is about to attack one of his last victims, but while he is about to attack her, a dream sequence occurs in the middle of the attack. This certainly interrupted the impact and highlight of the murder which should be a climactic point. As such, these constant time jumps often confused the story.
Overall, the film is slow-paced, boring and forgettable despite the amount of killing done.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Sorority House Massacre (1986) one and a half graves out of five graves.
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