The House on Sorority Row (1982)
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This one surprised me. I found myself giving a shit about the story, something I can't say for 90% of slashers. It also contained a handful of interesting characters, another slasher rarity. The kills were on the bland side, but the direction was solid. The last scene in particular was well done, even tense. Though the blue balls ending was kind of disappointing. I guess the filmmakers were hoping for a sequel that never happened.
There's just enough Hitchcock in The House of Sorority Row to keep it interesting as a slasher film, the real frisson coming from the unlawful death of the sorority's house mother casting a dark cloud over the girls' graduation party, as they must rush out every so often to keep their secret. I like the cast, which includes several recognizable 80s faces who broke into soaps around this time and had many television appearances (Harley Jane Kozak did better than most and was one of the Buckmans in Parenthood). I raised my eyebrow (at times, it could be perceived as a nervous tic) at some of the oddly bloodless kills (in a not-at-all bloodless movie) and at how there's a raging party downstairs, but elsewhere in and around the house, you can hear crickets and not a sound from the live rock band, but you gotta take some of this stuff in your stride. More watchable than most, though rather predictable too, Sorority Row is a bite of horror movie comfort food.
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