Friday, March 19, 2010

Sorority Row (2009)

Sorority Row was cheesy and totally predictable but it was fun for what it was.  This was a remake of 1983's The House on Sorority Row.

The little group has every stereotype you can imagine covered.  There's sexy bookworm Ellie (Rumer Willis), token multicultural sister Claire (Jamie Chung) super-lush Chugs (Margo Harshman), ultra skinny plastic surgery addict Megan (Audrina Partridge), wholesome girl Cassidy (Briana Evigan) and Regina George incarnate Jessica (Leah Pipes).

The sorority sisters decide to play a trick on Megan's cheating boyfriend, Garrett.  They make him believe that he killed her, and they all take off for the woods with plans to hide her body.  Unfortunately this little prank goes horribly wrong, and all share a deadly secret a la I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Fast forward to graduation time.  Most of the sisters are still close, but Cassidy, is haunted by the secret and has broken away from the group to spend more time with her boyfriend and distance herself from the tragedy.  But it's the sorority's graduation event where parents attend and such and she sorta has to go.  So, she sucks it up and joins her sisters for the day.

Unfortunately, graduation day appears to be judgement day for the ladies of Theta Pi.  It begins with text messages from a dead person's phone and continues to escalate as they plan the evening's festivities.  There are some pretty awesome death scenes in this movie, which reminds me of the fun slasher flicks when everyone dies and the methods are both gruesome and creative.

This movie certainly didn't break any new ground and was definitely cliched, but it was cheesy and fun.  The killer is a bit of a surprise and the whole movie was a fun throwback to 90s slashers like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend. 

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