With a relatively star-studded cast, Sorority Row, which came out today, looked to be quite the thriller. Though I am not a massive fan of being scared myself (I have a very serious fear of roller-coasters as well), the sorority twist was certainly intriguing. Having heard quite a bit about strange pledge-rituals, despite the hellenic attempt to be secretive, I knew it was not a PG business, but who knew pledge-week pranks could be deadly?
The concept, without giving too much away, is five Theta Pi sorority sisters, who seem to be very perky and fun on the outside and are actually quite psychotic, trash-talking and the epitome of party girls within the sorority. After their pledge-week prank involving a tire-iron goes wrong (bloody wrong), their promise of secrecy leads them to conspire to discard the brutal evidence. Then, around graduation time, a creepy tire-iron carring killer haunts the campus doling out karmic vengeance, donning none other than a graduation gown. I always thought graduation gowns were kind of creepy…Maybe that’s why I never joined a sorority. I think I subconsciously knew something like this might go down.
The highlight of the cast is Carrie Fisher, who makes a brief, but noticeable, comeback as the sorority house mother. I personally preferred The House Bunny version of a house mother, but then again, I’m prefer perky-pink to murder-red. Speaking of The House Bunny, Rumer Willis makes a sorority comeback here as one of the Theta Pi sisters, once again in a quirky role.
Then, of course, there’s Audrina Patridge, of MTV’s the Hills, gets killed of as the prank victim, Megan. In addition to her recent buzz for the Carls Jr. commercial, she is certainly stepping beyond reality TV. Other notable sorority sisters include Leah Pipes, Jamie Chung and Briana Evigan.
While the film is based on Mark Rosman’s 1983 “The House on Sorority Row,” this new and modernized version by writers Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger and director Stewart Hendler is a little too much to handle. Maybe it’s because I am not a fan of the thriller genre, but there seem to be too many subplots and just a lot of gratuitous violence. But hey, I’m not one to judge. Maybe that’s how it really goes down on sorority row, but I think I still prefer the houses on ABC Family’s sweet and mostly innocent sorority row in