Less like a remake, more like another slasher (by Cujo108)
A group of sorority girls pull a cruel prank on the brother of one of their brethren. They wind up taking the prank too far, and it goes terribly awry when one of them is killed. Fearful for their futures, they decide to dump the body down an old shaft and keep what happened a secret. Time passes and it seems that they've gotten away with it, but a hooded killer shows up on the night of their graduation party to pick off those involved.I am not the biggest remake fan. I outright skip many of them, though I'm not as vehement in my stance as I once was. In fact, a few have actually been <more>
catching my interest more and more as of late, the other most recent example being The Uninvited, a surprisingly well-done adaptation of a somewhat overrated Asian title. Then there is Sorority Row, which garnered my attention for two key reasons; A I am an unapologetic slasher fan and B Margo Harshman has a role in the film.With that said, I really enjoyed Sorority Row. I did a double-bill with Whiteout, and thankfully I decided to watch this one second, as it washed away the foul taste of that nonsensical mess. For slasher fans like myself, Sorority Row had a feeling of "old school" to it. The storyline setup, the atmosphere, the wild sorority parties... it felt like old times. Old times that were witnessed via 80's slashers, of course. Some pretty inventive kills in here too, just like in the glory days of the slasher film. No repetitive Scream or IKWYDLS type kills. And really, if you're a slasher fan, the kills are half of the fun. I also have to say that I enjoyed the dialogue in this film. It was always spot-on with the wit, always funny in a dark humor sorta' way. I actually had the opposite reaction to the characters, as the girl playing Cassidy annoyed me. Her voice just grated on my nerves for some reason. The queen bitch was a joy to watch. I thought she was thoroughly amusing. As for Margo, she was stuck with the thankless role of the group slut, but she brought her own brand of deadpan humor to the part. Her lacking amount of screen time was my biggest disappointment with this movie.All of that aside, the killer's reveal was also disappointing. The motivation just wasn't resonating with me, and some of the theatrics seemed too in line with the lame Scream brand of villains. Still, the rest of the film was so much fun, I can't help but recommend this to other slasher fans. If you like this kind of film, give it a chance. If you don't, well, I doubt you'd be reading this far anyway. It's a slasher film, plain and simple, and one I'd give the ol' slash of approval.
"Mean Girls" meets "I Know What You Did Last Summer."...and it works (by SJinSeaTac)
Having had no expectations going into this movie I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it really was. I skimmed some of the other reviews on here and a lot of the other comments are very hung-up on the nudity in this movie. However, having only graduated from College 5 years ago director Stewart Hendler would have failed miserably in making this film if he wasn't working to make it as realistic as possible. The opening sequence alone helps a lot in establishing the characters and the roles they will play as well. The drinking, drugs, sex, and nudity are part of the fraternal <more>
culture, at least in America. Unfortunately so is the way the men I mean, boys in this film treat women. Every night is another party, there are no real consequences or adults, just older kids with family's who have plenty of money to do whatever without supervision....until something bad really happens to them.It is true it starts out very much like "I know what you did last summer" or any other horror movie where a teens do something stupid and immature, and then try to cover it up , but the quick-witted scrip and GOOD ACTING yes, good acting, in a slasher film save this movie from the junk pile. The actresses in this film were in full-form, showing genuinely their ability to capture what its like to be 21 again, thinking that "we are adults now" but then quickly realizing that they don't even have a clue of how to behave like adults or make good decisions when confronted with the death of their sorority sister after a prank goes wrong.It is the oldest morality-play in the book: people making bad decisions and then being forced to suffer the consequences, that being their own gruesome deaths from a mystery killer.It also didn't hurt that the camera work was excellent as well as the score. The director Hendler was able to ratchet up the suspense plenty, keep the story moving, and create an ending that was very unpredictable and unnerving. Although somewhat last minute in nature, the ending did make sense, in that horror-movie kind of way.This is a definite must for those who enjoy murder-mysteries and good acting/suspense. While there is some gore, this isn't for gore-hounds. Sometimes the less you see the more frightening it may be.
This film is a fantastic contribution to the slasher cannon. It's a little like IKWYDLS, but with smarter characters, better dialogue and a satisfying, entertaining take on 'the killer'.The film sets up quickly, and moves at a brisk pace. As well, the dialogue is clever and engaging, and is used to good affect by the cast to set up their characters. I read a NYT review that slagged the set up and characters -- what film did that reviewer see? Not the same one I saw . This film is definitely rated R for a reason -- there's lots of gore. Still, it's all handled really well <more>
by the film makers. There's not a hint of 'torture-porn' in this film -- even though the murders are super gross and nasty, it has the hallmarks of 80s slashers, where the characters are 'dispatched' and the film doesn't dwell on their pain or suffering. You can watch this film without needing a trip to your therapist.All in all, this is a fun film. Another reviewer said this was the best horror they had seen in 2009, and I'd say I have to agree. This is a solid movie, and I'll be looking for more from these filmmakers.
I just returned from a midnight screening of Sorority Row and must say that I left pretty satisfied and not for the reasons I originally thought. "Row" tells the familiar story of a group of sorority sisters embarking on their senior year who commit a devilish prank that ends gruesomely with the death of their sister Megan Patridge . One year later of the eve of their graduation day and on the night of the biggest party of their college life someone starts offing them one by one in really creative ways. The killer is unimportant so don't spend to much time thinking about it <more>
because it's not the films focus. The films focus is a mixture of Heathers and Scream. And it plays delightfully well it got some scares but its got some even bigger laughs. the dialogue is so sharp between the bitchy young victims its obvious was not to take the film seriously. The kills are great and wonderfully inventive from a wine bottle to a flare gun and a "pimped out" tire iron. The reason why the tired material works here and earlier this year in the slasherfest My Bloody valentine is because it knows what type of film it is. And relishes in the absurd retartedness of slasher classics. There lots of gore, nudity and a bloody kill every five seconds. Like Valentine the characters more developed than in most horror fare and the acting is above par as well. With surprisingly good performances from Rumer Willis and a career making queen bitch one by Leah Pipes ads Jessica. I mean you have to laugh at the ridiculously lame but awesome cameo by Carrie Fisher Princess Leia of Star Wars . And the absolute absurdity of the films last twenty minutes. But with plenty of well placed grease,ash, dirt and plenty of slow motion shots of the girls in front of the fire you can't help but to hope it could go on forever. Look I could complain about some of the films inconsistentcies, the fact is has really nothing to do with the original except one of the characters names and a cute prop thrown in or the absurdities of the films events or lack of originality in concept but why bother this monster wasn't engineered for all that bs. So don't expect to be surprised by the the films story line but do expect to be blown away by the films fantastically fun execution. The most entertaining horror film of the year! ****/5
surpringly very good slasher flick, fun, had some jumps, worth price! (by gravediggerjak)
nowadays there is usually not a very good horror film so you have all the remakes which aren't too good trying to cash in on fan's money. i saw this film last night. i didn't expect too much but was actually very happy to have chosen this over final destination. this movie actually had me jumping out of my seat a few times and that says a lot considering most so called horror movies don't do that to me at all. the characters were pretty interesting, funny, and you even could care for a couple in this film. the ending was so -so but the whole movie was good that it made up for <more>
it. overall i give this movie thumbs up. go see it, it's good!! 9/10
A group of sorority sisters find themselves the target of a maniacal killer in retaliation for their involvement in a prank gone wrong on one of their friends and must survive the attacks before they're all killed off.A lot better remake than initially expected, as it appears to be a glossy-looking, safe slasher that intends to tease rather than deliver, ably demonstrated by the rather low amount of nudity and sleaze offered despite their being not only one but two drunken college parties and more opportunities spread throughout the running time that would've been nice to show off a <more>
little more than it did, but also applying to the gore as well with it's rather lame-looking CGI bloodspurts that aren't nearly as much as what would've been unleashed had the kill actually gone down as it should've, yet the stalking in here is rather good with numerous chilling spots, the finale chasing has plenty of action and a nice recurrence of the old burning-down-the-house spirit so common in the Corman/Poe classics and a rather novel killer identity revelation that works really well. Could've been a lot better, but it's still really good as is.Rated R: Graphic Language, Graphic Violence, Nudity, a mild sex scene and drug use
I was very impressed with it, and this is coming from a big fan of the original movie. I thought the acting was impressive for a slasher film, especially from Leah Pipes, who I thought was brilliant. Rumer Willis impressed me as well considering I was all geared up to hate her because I don't think her mother is a very good actress, and I hate to say this, but she didn't look that ugly with her glasses on. Carrie Fisher was also excellent even with her limited screen time.My only fault with the acting is that Julian Morris' American accent kept slipping, and I think that it would <more>
have been better for him to have kept his natural accent for the film.I was thankful that Audrina Partridge only had limited screen time, because she along with her 'friends' from their 'reality show' is not an actress, and should not really be acting.I liked the plot twists too, such as the characters thinking a certain person was the killer, and having that person attack them, only for them to be killed some time later by the actual killer.I also liked the homages to the original with the 'Sea Pig' guy, and Cassidy using the cane when she goes to look for Claire.One plot hole is never explained though, which bugged me, but it may seem like a minor gripe. Cassidy falls down a mineshaft, with no way out, but the next time she is seen, she is with the girls getting out of the car. How did she get out? The only character I thought shouldn't have been in the film was Maggie, because she served no purpose other than as a foil to Jessica and a red herring. The actress wasn't very convincing, and she wasn't particularly attractive either, and I think the film would have been better had she been excised from it. IMO, the only thing that was worthwhile involving her was the fight scene she had with Jessica.All in all, it's a solid slasher and definitely one of the best of 2009. I'd give it 8/10.
I have seen the original back in the 1980's and it was called house on sorority row and i think this one is better,more gory and pretty creepy,although not very original but it does have the look of a 1980's slasher flick.the sorority sister come off as snobby types.Carrie Fisher turns up as the house mother.kind of a far cry from her role in the first stars wars films.the plot is a little like i know what you did last summer.i don't think i ever seen a tire iron as a murder weapon before.as one of the girls says;a pimped out tire iron,with blades,Fred Krueger take notes.it is <more>
however a pretty good horror film,i enjoyed this almost as much as the much better one missed call.8 out of 10.
Actually much better than I expected (by brokensilent)
I'm a lover of horror films, particularly slashers, and what I love about them is generally is how fun and stupid they are along with the gore. As of late, I've been disappointed by most of the movies that have promised good old bloody fun and creative deaths. They've been lacking. This movie was expected to be the same but it pleasantly surprised me. The deaths were fun, making me giggle with delight from the first death until the end. The cast did spectacularly well considering it's a slasher, they were believable and portrayed each character as I would expect them to be. <more>
Some of the lines were cheesy but they were fun cheesy. We figured out who the killer was but that's cause we've seen way too many movies. If you go into this expecting something dark and frightening... well, you're going to be disappointed. It's not that kind of movie. However, if you go in with the expectation that this is going to be a fun movie with lots of blood and boobs, you'll have fun. Will be owning this one when it comes out.