Monday, August 16, 2010

Sorority Row

Sorority Row 2009
Director: Stewart Hendler
Writers: Josh Stolberg, Pete Goldfinger and Mark Rosman
Starring Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Patridge, Julian Morris, Margo Harshman, Carrie Fisher and Matt O’Leary
This is the latest in the perpetual lines of horror remakes. Now the original House on Sorority Row is one I have not seen, so I cannot compare this to the original, I can just judge it on its own merits, and I think it really succeeds as a solid slasher film. Though it does seem to crib a lot of its plot points from Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, it does it creatively enough that I was pleasantly surprised and entertained with this film. The use of a tire iron as a murder weapon is quite ingenious and is something I had not seen before. The kills were quite creative and bloody too, which I always appreciate. It has a solid cast of beautiful women that really carry the film well, not to mention a great supporting turn by Carrie Fisher that makes the film. This is a fun slasher film that most fans will enjoy, I will just say don’t think about it too much or it may cause your brain to rot. It is just a silly slasher film after all.
The plot basics are this, during a party at the Theta Phi sorority house Megan (Patridge) plays a prank on her cheating boyfriend Garrett (O’Leary). This prank goes awry and Megan’s boyfriend and friends end up killing her and dumping her body in a mine shaft vowing to keep this heinous crime a secret. Flash forward a year later and all the girls are getting ready to graduate and they receive a creepy message via their cell phones that someone knows about what they did with Megan. Soon one by one the girls are getting killed off and now they have to put aside their petty differences and team up if they are going to survive the night and find out who is killing their sisters.
This is a fun and suspenseful slasher film. Hendler’s direction is taut and suspenseful and he keeps the secret of who the killer is well hidden till the very end. He stages the kill sequences very well; I especially liked the scene where Chugs is killed, my personal favorite kill in the film. The script is pretty simple and straight forward with maybe a little too much leaning on the plot tropes of Scream, but it still somehow works. All the characters are all pretty stereotypical and that works in the films favor. The cast is quite good; Evigan is a good lead and very charismatic. Willis as the brainy girl was also quite good. Pipes as the bitchy one was quite believable and you really hated her and could not wait for her to die. My favorite performance though, has to be Carrie Fisher with a shotgun that was a delight to see. The SFX and make up effects were done very well. The film was very bloody and graphic. The blood really flew and that is always a pleasure to see. The score by Lucian Pane was perfect for a slasher film and fit the film really well. It really amped up the tension and suspense in the film. This is not the greatest slasher film ever made, but a damn fun one.
This one gets 4 out of 5

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