One of the most popular horror genres are the slasher film. Through the 70s and 80s the various camp and sorority stories were the most popular and ever since filmmakers have periodically tried to recapture that formula. The latest Sorority Party Massacre looks to not only pay homage but also spin some humor into the mix. With the perfect genre to play in and appearances by Louis Mandylor, Ron Jeremy, and Kevin Sorbo could it possibly have slasher gold on its hands or will it be the first to be killed?
Sorority Party Massacre follows a group of sexy college girls in an isolated town with a deadly secret. For the last 20 years one girl has gone missing every year. Now when a cop on the verge of losing his badge agrees to help investigate the disappearances they realize they are dealing with a psychotic killer whose brilliance has been twisted into terror and torment. The formula for these movies to deliver is so simple nudity, a great killer and awesome kills. Instead of just sticking to the usual formula they try to thrust some comedy and so many twists and turns that it eventually gets a bit watered down. There are plenty of kills and they all work fine, they just never quite push the boundaries for the genre. The comedy of the film really takes you out of any chance at the horror aspect which is fine, but they seem to still want you to buy into that side of it and is just doesn’t always work. Most of the performances are over the top and silly with some being pretty entertaining and others not so much. The dialogue is horrible throughout the movie, but seemed like it might be on purpose in hopes to pay homage to the films like these from the past as well as make fun of them.
There are a lot of elements here that work, but more that do not. It was not always clear if this film was meant to honor this popular genre or make fun of it. At the same time this is one of those genres that everyone has a different opinion of so if you are a fan of the sorority slasher genre, then give this film a shot and make your own decision.
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