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The House on Sorority Row (1982)

After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.

Director:

Mark Rosman

Writers:

Mark Rosman, Bobby Fine (additional dialogue)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate McNeil ... Katherine (as Kathryn McNeil)
Eileen Davidson ... Vicki
Janis Ward Janis Ward ... Liz (as Janis Zido)
Robin Meloy Robin Meloy ... Jeanie
Harley Jane Kozak ... Diane (as Harley Kozak)
Jodi Draigie ... Morgan
Ellen Dorsher ... Stevie
Lois Kelso Hunt ... Mrs. Slater
Christopher Lawrence Christopher Lawrence ... Dr. Beck
Michael Kuhn ... Peter
Michael Sergio ... Rick
Ruth Walsh Ruth Walsh ... Mother
Ed Heath Ed Heath ... Policeman
Jean Schertler ... Nurse
Larry Singer Larry Singer ... Photographer
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Storyline

A group of girls staying at a sorority house clash with the house's owner, who wants them out. They decide to play a prank on her, but it goes awry and she winds up dead. Panicking, the girls try to hide the body, but someone (or something) witnessed the crime and begins to stalk them. Written by Anonymous

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Sisters in Life, Sisters in Death See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1983 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The House on Sorority Row See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$425,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$617,661, 23 January 1983

Gross USA:

$10,604,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,604,986
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Company Credits

Production Co:

VAE Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut produced screenplay of script-writer Mark Rosman. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 13 mins) When Vicki is killed, her demise comes as Mrs. Slater's cane comes down upon her left eye socket, spurting blood as it impales. When Dr. Beck and Kathryn discover Vicki and Liz's bodies in the open grave at Park View Cemetery, Vicki only possesses her chest and back wounds, no eye damage. See more »

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Mrs. Slater: If that gun is real all you girls are going to be in real trouble.
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The mechanical tick of Eric's jack-in-the-box plays on as the ending credits role. See more »

Alternate Versions

The uncut version has been re-released here since. The uncut original version of the film was finally released in the UK (as "House On Sorority Row") by Hollywood DVD in 2002. See more »

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Referenced in Dreamaniac (1986) See more »

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Decent early 80s' slasher with some script flaws
29 March 2018 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

RELEASED IN 1983 and written & directed by Mark Rosman Stoller, "The House on Sorority Row" chronicles events at a sorority house outside of Baltimore where seven girls responsible for an accidental death start dying one by one during their graduation party.

The film borrows elements from "Black Christmas" (1974) and the French horror "Diabolique" (1955), like the unused swimming pool to conceal a body that later disappears. The first act is quite good, particularly the accidental death scene, which is well-acted for no-name actresses. Only two of the seven went on to a career in acting: The protagonist who plays Katie (Kate McNeil) and the slutty girl, Vicky (Eileen Davidson). Speaking of the girls, they present a realistic feminine smorgasbord with Morgan (Jodi Draigie) arguably being the most attractive. None of them, however, are anything to go gaga over (looks-wise, that is).

What marred the film for me was the dubious writing. For instance, wouldn't the girls be perplexed at how a dead body mysteriously made it to the attic? What caused it to suddenly fall down the trap door? Why don't any of the girls look at the face of the corpse to verify its identity? Would a couple of girls who know very little about guns seriously enact a prank using a questionable mixture of bullets and blanks? If you can get past these issues, "The House on Sorority Row" is a decent early 80s' slasher with a worthy plot and pretty good production values.

THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hour 31 minutes and was shot at Eltonhead Mansion in Pikesville, Maryland, with establishing shots done at University of Maryland, College Park. ADDITIONAL WRITER: Bobby Fine.

GRADE: C


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