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An honorable addition to the old-fashioned slasher
Jason Paul Collum | 08/23/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of those ALMOST HAD IT movies... SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE is clearly an attempt by Concorde (Roger Corman's company) to cash in on the success of their SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE series and the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise. Director Carol Frank (who worked on the original SLUMBER)does an admirable job at creating some suspense and giving the movie an eerie, creepy aura. Using haunting images of blood soaked, faceless dolls at dinner tables, blood dripping from the ceiling, broken marbles crashing and rolling across the floor in slow motion... Frank proves she has talent and had a vision of wanting to create something more than the average slasher film. Unfortunately, she just barely misses it by throwing in too common of a plot device (escaped mental patient returns home)and stopping the story for another 80's plot device (girls getting naked for no legitimate reason). It takes away the potential class this movies strives to offer. All in all, though, it's a frequently creepy and occasionally scary little movie which I WOULD recommend to slasher movie buffs. The campy sequel is another story...."
Nighty Nightmare was better!
Clarke | Warwick, RI USA | 06/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was great, but its sequel Sorority House Massacre 2: Nighty Nightmare was better! Anyway, this high-quality DVD is great for anyone to watch! You can watch the scenes with ORVUL over and over again! YAY! SHM 4Life!"
Better than expected
Mark Twain | 03/04/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't know what I would expect from this low budget 80's slasher...I thought it would be a bunch of college chicks getting naked and being murdered...for the most part it was, but there was also some plot to it, and a very freaky killer...much more interesting, and better than than its predessesor Slumber Party Massacre...a great film for a late night gathering..."
AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SLASHER FILM
J.L. Rollins | Virginia | 05/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The gore effects are great for such a low budjet movie. It is about a young man who slaughters his family with a hunting knife but the youngest girl survives. Years later the house becomes a sorority house and the young girl (now a woman)goes to visit her friends at the house and she doesn't remember what happened but she begins having nightmares about what happened and her psycho brother with psychic abilities realizes she is there than he escapes and comes to the house and makes the massacre again. DON'T CONSIDER THIS A SLEAZE MOVIE BECAUSE IT IS NOT ! I strongly reccomend this film to every dedicated slasher fan who will take this classic for what it is."
They did too good a job
David Koski | San Jose, CA United States | 10/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a farily typical slasher/late teen girl movie for the most part, but I think the director went a little overboard trying to give it a plot and depth. Rather than having the usual scantily clad women running around with a killer who showed up for no particular reason (see Sorority House Massacre 2 for that), this one tries to tie everything together in a thriller-like fashion. I am not sure the skills of any of the involved parties were really up to the task. Overall it is still an enjoyable movie. There is plenty of slashing and scantily cladness, and if you tune out the plot it is good mindless fun."