Retro Movie Review #6: The House on Sorority Row (1983)

Well, they've remade the 1983 cult favorite The House on Sorority Row, due out in September. Something tells me it will have more in common with The Hills than The Hills Have Eyes, if you know what I mean.

One of the things that makes THOSR so enjoyable is that it has a sense of humor, without taking it too far and becoming a slasher parody. It also doesn't forget to deliver the blood and scares that teenagers in the early 80's were expecting. It has the usual 80's slasher plot devices: a backstory at the beginning (a la Halloween), a bunch of girls and boys who get whacked one by one, a stereotypical final girl, a freakish killer lurking in the darkness, and an ambiguous ending. It follows the 80's slasher movie template pretty closely..... but it does it with flair!

One thing that will be lacking in the 2009 remake will be that early 80's charm: the clothing, the haircuts, and, most of all.... the music. The band in the following video clip is "4 Out of 5 Doctors", who play several songs throughout the film. When you watch this clip, be sure to pay attention to the part where the 3 girls are checking out a "cute" guy who winks at them - this may very well be cinema's finest moment.

This dude is sporting what was commonly referred to as the "butt cut". This scene is just priceless - I want to give this dude a star on the Retrospace Walk of Fame!

4 Out of 5 Doctors actually released a few albums, and were Billboard's "best new band" one month. In an interview with PM Magazine, the band stated their debut record took five years to craft - each day methodically perfecting the ultimate album. Hmmm.... not quite. They were also the house band in another horror flick, The Boogieman (1980).

I realize most Retrospace movie reviews are often more of a collection of things I find interesting and funny than an actual review. For a review done right, check out the one at Kindertrauma.


  1. Nah, I like your reviews just fine.

  2. Your reviews are just fine. I enjoy them. I didn't realize they were remaking this movie. I enjoyed the original quite a lot. Have a great weekend.

  3. Those are "sorority girls"? Man, college in the eighties must have been ROUGH.

  4. I'm sorry, that guy was not cute. And the wink was creepy.

  5. I just watched an '88 horror movie called The Rejuvenator. In one scene, a character leaves her stately mansion and heads for an 80's rock club to check out the all-girl hairband - Poison Dollys!

  6. I like your reviews too. And speaking of the "isn't that ____ from _____?" in that old movie, check out the starlets in that screen cap from HOSR--there's (from left to right) someone familiar-looking but I can't place her but I know I've seen her before!, Eileen Davidson
    1, Harley Jane Kozak!, and--can it be?--Carrie Fisher? A quick check of the cast list says no, but she sure looks like a chubby young Carrie Fisher, no? Of course Fisher was stunning us in her gold bikini back then, I think.

  7. Nope. Not Carrie Fisher. But, yes that is Miss Davidson from "Days of Our Lives" and harley Jane Kozak from Side Out and Parenthood (and she's a successful author now). The other two girls are "nobodies".

  8. I lovee old movies!! Thanks for posting this one!!