Monday, October 17, 2011

31 Days Of 80's Movie Slashers: 10/17 - The House On Sorority Row (1983)

Day Seventeen:

The House On Sorority Row
From Artists Releasing Corporation & Film Ventures
Original Theatrical Release Date: January 21st 1983
DVD: Yes

Plot: Sorority sisters accidentally kill their house mother after a prank goes wrong. After they attempt to cover up their crime, someone starts killing them off, one by one.

 Mrs. Slater. America's favorite evil house mother.

The genius of The House On Sorority Row is that it takes a simple concept but adds a real filmmaking sensibility and sense of style. From the music down to it's set design and casting, this Picture is a step above it's other Slasher peers. A big step.

Kate McNeil makes for a spunky Final Girl. From the get-go she projects a warmth and intelligence that lights up each of her scenes and recalls Amy Steel's work on Friday The 13th Part 2 and April Fool's Day. Kate went on to star in George Romero's Monkey Shines and also gave a very likable and commanding performance. I wish she had gone on to more high profile roles. She's always been a favorite.

Director Mark Rosman adds nice, unexpected visual touches to House. In addition to it's classy atmosphere, there are nice uses of shadow and light. The final act also uses an unexpected editing technique that adds an almost experimental feel to the film as the Final Girl, who has been drugged, has to fight her way out for survival. Richard Band's music gives the film an immediate depth and scope with his compositions. I have his soundtrack for the film and listen to it from time to time. It's really wonderful and one of my absolute favorite soundtracks of all time. The Picture also contains a live band performance... as all good Slashers should! 4 Out of 5 Doctors are a lively bunch and they have some fun songs.

For fans of fun 80's Movie Slashers it probably doesn't get any better than this House. I find myself periodically going back to it and getting caught up in it all every single time. You would never know from watching that it only cost three hundred thousand dollars! It's a testament to the effort put in by the filmmakers and everyone involved. The House on this Row is the one Sorority you should be dying to pledge!

For god's sake, put the seat down!


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