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House on Sorority Row [Import]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie! June 24 2004
By Xanadu
This is one of the only slasher/ horror flicks of the 80's that I can say is really good, and give four stars. The girls of the soroity house are pretty cool and likeable, as well as attractive in a unique kind of way. The attic is creepy and well decorated. The music is great, and not the usual bad syn. music as in most early-80's slashers. The story is interesting, the acting good, as well as the production values, and is scary! On another note, the trailer, which is included on the DVD, give the impression that this is a bit more dramatic than scary. And it is a bit, but it's not a bad thing. The DVD transfer is great, and makes the film look as tho it was made recently! I REALlY like this movie, and defintely reccomended it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its graduation time at.... July 13 2002
By A Customer
THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW deserves a much higher place in the upper eschelon of the slasher film genre. Perhaps buried by bigger named releases by the top studios at the time (Paramount and the "Friday the 13th series and Universal with "Halloween II and III") the film succeeds on many levels where the typical slasher film usually fails. Within the 91 minutes of film writer and director Mark Rosman weaves a brisk and taut tale. Starting with the script, which actually shows a great deal of inspiration, the film provides the viewer with a remotely plausible storyline that is brimming with mystery and suspense. Rosman also succeeds in creating sympathetic characters (not always an easy task in the slasher genre). Among the cast are a group of actually talented actresses, including Harley Jane Kozak and soap actress Eileen Davidson (who would go onto great fame and prominenece later in the 80s in daytime TV). These actresses actually build characters that maintain our interest. Another success is the effective gore sequences which are directed with a great deal of suspense, but just enough restraint to keep them effective. So many times the "killing" is the centerpiece of a slasher film. Here it is actually handled as a device for carrying the story along. You will also be surprised by the superb score by Richard H. Band who along with the London Philharmonic actually adds to the mood of the film much like John Carpenter's "Halloween" did several years before.
Elite Entertainment has given this low budget gem a decent anamorphic widescreen transfer. Although the print has some minor defects, the presentation is overall pleasing. The mono soundtrack has been transferred nicely, although at times the dialogue looping seems to lack a deal of fidelity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars TED DIDN'T WATCH VERY CLOSELY. GOOD, NOT GREAT. July 21 2003
The reviewer known as Ted totally missed who the killer was in this movie. It was not an old granny. The old granny is killed accidentally by the kids, and they want you to think she comes back for them, but that is not the case at all. While the killer is no real surprise, I could not let false information float around out here like this. B/c I respect any attempt, however feeble, at keeping the audience guessing, I will not say who the real killer is, but if you watch it halfway closer than Ted did, you will know. This movie does have its moments, particularly the ending, but I would have to list STAGEFRIGHT and any of Argento's early works (SUSPIRIA, TENEBRE, DEEP RED) as being a better expenditure of time and money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hot soap chicks in a deadly fight to survive July 27 2000
I remember when this movie first came to vhs the top drawer was a change to see at that time 3 of the hottest soap opera actress's in the same movie and the sexiest of all...Eileen Davidson having a couple of nude scenes! If there was a story to go along with that, who knows what it was. I remember the old lady had a retarded child who she kept hidden the the old sorortiy house and that most of the girls were gone for a break of some time. There is an accident and the old house mother is killed and then the sisters are offed one at a time. There is good acting for a movie like this and I remember a couple of decent chills.
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With a title like that, I expected another"slasher chasing scantily clad coeds" but I was in for a surprise.This film,directed by Brian DePalma's former assistant director Mark Rosman,is a stylish and creepy thriller with shades of the classic French thriller Diabolique(1955) and the atmosphere of the Italian horror cinema. Certain scenes may seem dated(check out the band playing at the party)-but then again it was the early 80's(lets not forget the disco scene in Prom Night).Overall, a fun and suspenseful film that should not be overlooked by any horror fan looking for something with a few jolting twists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Horror Movies Set In Sororities Oct. 31 2000
By A Customer
In the 80's there were a few horror movies using Sororities. There was Initiation, Sorority House Massacre and Hell Night, just to name a few. This one is among the best, and does have a few creepy moments. Not overly bloody, and a followable story line. The acting is pretty good too, considering it is an 80's horror film. I am really excited to see this out on DVD with a wide screen presentation. I will be showing this at my fraternity for horror movie night!!!
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