Miami Herald, The (FL)
February 23, 1983
Author: BILL COSFORD Herald Movie Critic

Every June 19, the creepy old housemother of Pi Theta closes the sorority house down, kicks out the students and disappears into the attic for a festival of strange behavior. You'd think the sisters would know when to leave ill enough alone, but slasher-movie kids, they never learn.
So it is, in The House on Sorority Row, that someone sets in to coed bashing. The killer is the type of psychopath who speeds for the basement boiler room, to lie in ambush. The coeds are the type of people who find, on their last day in school and on earth, a pretext to visit the boiler room.

As is usual for this durable genre, victim and villain are well matched. Though House on Sorority Row does not have a single screeching-cat red herring, and though power tools are not employed, it does have a classic of low camp, a scene in which a girl who has just been nearly brained by a falling corpse repairs immediately and alone to her bedroom, where she changes into a baby-doll nightie and stands with her back to an open window.

It also has a scene in which the heroine, the only virtuous gal in Theta house, confronts a classmate who has staggered in with a bludgeon wound to the head. "Jeannie," says the heroine, "did somebody do this to you?"

Those SAT scores are going down, all right, and the film- school folks aren't helping the curve.

Movie Review

The House on Sorority Row (R)



Kathryn McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Zido, Robin Meloy, Harley Kozak, Lois Kelso Hunt


Director: Mark Rosman

Producers: Mark Rosman, John G. Clark

Screenwriter: Mark Rosman

Cinematographer: Timothy Suhrstedt

Music: Richard H. Band


An Artists Releasing Corporation release


Running time: 90 minutes


Vulgar language, nudity, implicit sex, violence and gore


At Tower, Roxy, Northside, 163rd Street, Astor, Campbell Square, Miller Square, Gateway, Florida, Mercede, Lakeshore Drive-In, Thunderbird Drive-In.<

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