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Valley

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"The House on Sorority Row" is a stylishly-filmed 80's slasher film. The plot focuses on a group of sorority sisters who have just graduated from college, but before they leave for the summer they are planning one final sorority house bash. However, their ederly house mother is totally against it and she demands that they all leave the house at once. Annoyed by the house mother's demands.. 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.. okay, while this movie follows all the rules of 80's slashers, it is still kind of unique and fun to watch.

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Kate McNeil was excellent as Katherine and it just felt like she should have been in more entertaining movies in the 80's. Her character was the moral conscience of the audience and it helped make the movie more believable.

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And "Young & the Restless" fans will enjoy seeing a very young Eileen Davidson. Also, most people will recognize Harley Jane Kozak from the C. Thomas Howell flick "Side Out".

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The real reason to watch "The House on Sorority Row" is for the awesome 80's party. The fashion, the music, and of course the party band called '4 out of 5 Doctors'.

While this flick played it serious most of the time, there was enough humor to keep me entertained. Best laugh was the trash bin into the Police car moment.

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Oh and similar to "April Fool's Day" beware of freaky looking clown-in-the-box!

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The director did an outstanding job of making the movie visually appealing. The pic above with all the colors is a perfect example.

The premise of this flick has been used several times since with even a recent remake titled "Sorority Row", but I prefer this version best.

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I enjoyed this one. I was fully into horror movies in the 80's (and still am to this day!) Good stuff.

I did enjoy the remake, Sorority Row, a lot as well. I hated all the main characters (rich, stuck up, egomaniac, self centered sorority girls) and enjoyed watching them drop one by one! LOL

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cindymancini
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I've always loved this movie...it doesn't get much recognition unfortunately. I just watched it about 2 weeks ago in preparation for Halloween! Not sure what's up with the cover art...even for the 80's, I think they could have done better...

Eileen Davidson...wow...didn't know she had a film career before Y&R. I grew up watching that soap with my mom [Smile] !

Nice pic of the clown doll Valley...I think I need to resurrect an old thread I started or contributed to a long time ago about freaky clown dolls in 80's movies [Smile] !

Haven't seen the remake on this one yet...is it awful?

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It's quite a decent remake that feels like a sequel to this and that's one of the rules of doing a remake is to remake something that current audiences haven't seen or heard of or if it's an obscure movie or not beloved in the first place.

I always enjoyed this movie but not better than Halloween. But was this the Scream of the 80's?

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Just good cheesy fun [Big Grin]

I can never leave this lovely pic out of these discussions

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Veronica Sawyer
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Saw this for the first time last year and enjoyed it a lot! I need to watch this again soon. Cindy, you should check out the remake, it's pretty good, although I thought it was more similar to I Know What You Did Last Summer than HOSR.
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This is a good slasher.
A agree that while it follows the rules, it still somehow stands on it´s own.
Great pics Val!

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