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31 Days of Halloween: “Sorority Row”

“Sorority Row” is a slasher film from 2009. It stars Briana Evigan (“Step Up 2: The Streets”), Margo Harshman (Disney’s “Even Stevens”), Leah Pipes (“The Originals”), Jamie Chung (“Greek”), Rumer Willis (“The House Bunny”) and Carrie Fisher.

Generally speaking, the 2000s were not known as a great time for horror, especially slashers. While “Sorority Row” is definitely kind of cheesy, that only really makes it a great throwback to the slasher heyday of the ’80s. The movie is about a group of sorority sisters who share a dark secret involving the death of one of their other sisters. Much like 1997’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” it seems that someone has figured out what the girls are hiding and is out to get them. Whether or not it’s a supernatural entity is not revealed until late into the film.

What’s great about this movie, aside from the fact that it’s a fun flick to watch with others, is the weapon and the creativity of each kill. If you know slashers, you know that every killer has a signature weapon, and the killer in “Sorority Row” is no different. But where it really ramps up are the crazy ways that people are killed off, one-by-one – and some of the kills only tangentially use the weapon, while also using other items in the area. If you’re tired of the same old slashings & stabbings, “Sorority Row” should be on your list.

Sorority Row
Carrie Fisher in “Sorority Row” | Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment

This movie has low Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics and audiences alike, but don’t most slasher films? If you know that ’80s-style horror movies – with a 2009 aesthetic and an R-rating, no less – are up your alley, then you should give this one a chance. Most of the cast are relative unknowns, but none of the acting is truly terrible (at worst, there are some mediocre performances). And again: the late, great Carrie Fisher is in this!

“Sorority Row” can be bought or rented on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and YouTube.

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