Sorority Party Massacre fails in almost all phases from the title itself, the casting, acting and direction. I understand what the filmmakers were going after, mixing different movies and genres but it doesn’t mesh well enough, unfortunately because it did have the opportunity to be the fun kind of bad movie instead of just plain bad.
Sorority Party Massacre
Directed by: Chris W. Freeman, Justin Jones
Writer(s): Chris W. Freeman (written by)
Cast: Tom Downey, Ed O’Ross, Marissa Skell, Eve Mauro, Yvette Yates, Kevin Sorbo
Theatrical Release Date: December 1, 2012 (limited)
Features: Commentary, Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
THE MOVIE – 1.0/5
An isolated town full of sexy “college” girls (i.e. actresses in their 30s). A tough big-city cop sent to find the daughter (CASEY FITZGERALD) of his captain (KEVIN SORBO) unbeknownst to him killed in the opening act that blatantly copies/steals from the first Scream movie and also stumbles upon disappearances of other coed girls. A psychotic killer with a taste for terror, torture and sorority sister torment. But when this party gets started, will all of them receive an advanced degree in extreme horror? Survey says: Yeppers.
There’s so much wrong with Sorority Party Massacre from the poor direction, stilted writing and clumsy attempts at humor that goes in and out and not very consistent and acting which is pretty bad even for a horror film filled with unknowns whose only purposes are to be kills. But even beyond all that, the title itself makes this a disappointment because it’s hardly a party and the massacres are pretty weak. There’s a reason this took a couple years to make it to video. Skip at all costs.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
Surprisingly enough, this DVD did receive some special features including an Audio Commentary with Producer/Writer/Director Chris W. Freeman and Producer/Director Justin Jones; a Behind the Scenes (10:43) featurette with on-set footage and interviews; three Deleted Scenes (11:04); some Outtakes (9:54); something called Paige Fight Scene (2:42) which I assume was some kind of test footage?; and finally the Barney Lumpkin Campaign Ad (0:50).
VIDEO – 3.0/5
Sorority Party Massacre is presented with a 16×9 enhanced widescreen transfer and looks on par with most B/C-budgeted films with a soft texture throughout, some minor bouts of artifacts and pixilation.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The Dolby Digital 5.1 track included is satisfactory enough with clear dialogue and a loud soundtrack which picks up during the slasher scenes.
OVERALL – 2.0/5
Overall, Sorority Party Massacre fails in almost all phases from the title itself, the casting, acting and direction. I understand what the filmmakers were going after, mixing different movies and genres but it doesn’t mesh well enough, unfortunately because it did have the opportunity to be the fun kind of bad movie instead of just plain bad. The DVD released by Anchor Bay has a fair amount of features, though.