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Sorority House Massacre – 3

Director – Carol Frank

Cast – Angela O’Neill, Wendy Martel, Pamela Ross, Nicole Rio, John C. Russell, Marcus Vaughter, Vinnie Bilancio, Joe Nassi

Release Year – 1986

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Young college girls and killers mash very well together, so despite a few negative reviews I honestly had hopes that Sorority House Massacre would pull through in the end and give a decent watch, but that was far from the case. From the get-go I knew that I was in for a LONG 74 minutes, and despite my hopes that the horror would prevail I was left with a film experience I hope to never relive.

As a young child Beth suffered a traumatic event where her brother killed her entire family as she escaped by hiding in the basement. Eventually she grows up with a new family and is now a college sorority sister, but due to her memory block she fails to realize that her sorority house is the very house the murders occurred in…and her brother is back to finish what he started.

Yeah I know, you’ve seen that storyline used many times before, but nonetheless I enjoy such slasher and had hopes that this story would pull through. I would not blame the storyline for the film’s faults as it contained everything it needed. We get the innocent protagonist, the insane antagonist who also happens to carry a heavy burden on Beth’s heart, and of course…a few dead sorority girls to spice things up. The screenplay however would have been much better as many pacing issues and bouts of horrendous dialogue plagued the experience, but it should not have been enough to ruin the piece. Ultimately I will say that only one element really had this film doomed from the get-go, and that was the director’s execution.

Carol Frank, I’m sorry but your execution was horrible in this film, which unsurprisingly makes for the only directing credit of your career. From the get-go we are made aware by the film’s poor cinematography, editing, and film quality that you will need a very forgiving mindset to enjoy the flick, and while I tried to be forgiving this was just too much for me to handle. The acting performance were equally bad, which is something I usually don’t fault slasher films for but this was once again too much to handle in such a negative way. Thankfully the kill sequences were decent and contained some blood, but blood is all we get as far as the horror provided in this piece, a piece I regret spending time on.

Overall, Sorority House Massacre is a pitiful slasher flick that contains all of the necessary elements for a fun experience, but poor writing and direction left this one that I suggest you avoid.

Rating: 3/10

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