I can hear many of you saying to yourselves, "I think I've seen this film!" but I want to make one thing clear before I begin my review. There are two series of "Massacre
" films that developed a massive cult following in the 80's which spawned numerous bloody boobie sequels. There is this series, Sorority House Massacre
and then there is the better known Slumber Party Massacre
. The majority of you are probably more familiar with Slumber Party Massacre
than the Sorority
films, due to their differences in popularity and earlier marketing choices. Although, I must make it clear that all of the Massacre
films from the 80's and early 90's are fantastic in their own ways. I don't care if it's Valley High Cheerleader Massacre
, Rustle Road Massacre
or even The Hymen Massacre
. If it was made around 20 years ago, filmed on a shoe string budget and has copious amounts of unneeded nudity and violence... it's going to be fun no matter what! So lets get to it, shall we?
Sorority House Massacre
has many aspects that were done perfectly and just as many that were done horribly wrong. For starters, it's obvious from the start that it was filmed with a low budget, but where did the money go? I'm positive they had more to work with than what shows through the film. There is practically nothing in the film that even resembles an effort to spend the money wisely and create a more believable atmosphere. For example, the blood looks like Ketchup and the sets are all missing furniture. Yes I said furniture. I would think a Sorority House filled with 5-7 girls would have more than a couple couches and a mirror. It doesn't mean that a filmmaker needs to purchase new furniture for a film! Just walk across the street and offer $50 to borrow some neighbors things! Shit, if I could make a buck and get the crusty couch (that I've fucked every woman on since puberty) in a slasher film, I'd kindly oblige!
But lets not forget some of the great accomplishments of Sorority House
! The fact that the filmmakers pulled the film off with such a low budget and it survives to this day is an accomplishment in itself! Most of the fantastic splatter films of the 80's are still condemned to the dusty corners of our VHS collections and I seriously wonder if they'll ever get a chance at a DVD release. Which is sad considering it seems as though they've released a DVD copy of nearly every terrible attempt at a splatter film from all decades. (I'm referring to the ones that aren't even bad/good, just the ones that are embarrassingly bad. Sigh.) Regardless, Sorority
still manages to suck you into that feeling of seclusion that many horror films strive to achieve but fail miserably at.
As of 2007, it's pretty hard to find any copies of the Sorority House/Slumber Party
films on DVD. It's hard to find any of them under $12-$15 but they are worth it if you can sport the cash. I took a hit to the pocket book so all you crazy Flesh Farm fucks could enjoy them. They are fun, filled with tits and are overly violent.. so support the Massacre
films and get yourself the DVDs!