The House on Sorority Row
John G. Clark, Mark Rosman, Thomas W. McMahon (executive), John Ponchock (executive) for VAE Productions
directed by Mark Rosman
starring Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Zido (= Janis Ward), Robin Meloy, Harley Jane Kozak, Jodi Draigie, Ellen Dorsher, Lois Kelso Hunt, Christopher Lawrence, Michael Kuhn, Michael Sergio, Ruth Walsh, Ed Heath, Jean Schertler, Larry Singer, Carlos Sério, 4 Out of 5 Doctors, Peter McClung, Brian T. Small, Alan Treadwell, Kenny Myers, Ruth Moss, Hilary Crowson, Nanna Ingvarsson, Arthur Crockett, Tom Bothwell, Van Saantvord, Kathryn Davidov, Celeste Poirier, Patti Chambers, Eric Smith, Karl B. Bromwell
written by Mark Rosman, additional dialogue by Bobby Fine, music by Richard Band, special effects by Rob E. Holland
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For the last for years, sorority house mother Mrs. Slater (Lois Kelso
Hunt) has been the bane of college girls Katie (Kate McNeil), Vicky
(Eileen Davidson), Liz (Janis Zido), Jeanie (Robin Meloy), Diane (Harley
Jane Kozak), Morgan (Jodi Draigie) and Stevie (Ellen Dorsher), but now
that she forbids them to have their end-of-year party, it's the end of the
line for the girls, and they decide to play her a cruel prank - a prank
during which Vicki (Eileen Davidson) pulls a gun that wasn't supposed to
be loaded, but sadly enough is, and rather by mistake than design, Mrs.
Slater is shot dead. Now Katie immediately wants to call the police, but
the others are against it, figuring it would only ruin their lives, so
instead they sink Mrs. Slater's body in the murky waters of their sorority
house's uncleaned pool, for the time being, intending to bury her at a
It's the end-of-year party, and the girls haven't yet found
the time to bury Mrs. Slater's body, and as such things go, somebody turns
on the pool lights - and to the girls' biggest surprise and relief, the
body's gone. But this bit of news soon becomes the source for even bigger
worry, if the body's gone, where is it, who took it, and ghasp, might Mrs.
Slater actually be still alive? And if she's alive, might she not be on
the angry side and plot revenge. And of course, one by one, the girls
start disappearing - with only the audience knowing they're murdered at
first -, until it's only Katie who's left alive. Somewhere, Katie finds
the number of Mrs. Slater's doctor Beck (Christopher Lawrence), and he's
quick to come over upon her call. Thing is, Doc Beck isn't your everyday
physician but a scientist who has conducted some fertilization experiments
on Mrs. Slater that have gone horribly wrong. The good thing about this is
that other than Katie he knows exactly what they're dealing with - the bad
thing though is he won't tell Katie and has his own agenda, an agenda that
includes risking Katie's life ...
Now watching this movie, one
can't but notice the influence from other then contemporary slashers,
first and foremost Halloween,
as the film follows the slasher formula pretty closely without allowing
itself too many deviations. But what makes The House on Sorority Row
totally worthwhile is that it puts an emphasis on suspense, and by adding
some rudimentary mystery (something that many slashers including Halloween
are rather devoid of) it makes the story as such tenser, especially since
the mystery's gradual resolution only leads to more horrors. So this is
really a film that might do the trick for you, not only if you're into
early 80s slasher entertainment.