The House on Sorority Row (1983)

One of the tamer slashers of the 1980s, “The House on Sorority Row” is a pretty fun and surprisingly effective little number. The story itself is more nuanced and layered than most of its ilk, and there’s an underlying morality play at hand that’s impressively handled by director Mark Rosman. Despite being made early during the slasher craze of the 1980s, it readily and consciously subverts some of the genre’s tropes, like the virginal final girl and the over-emphasis on female suffering. The death scenes are a little on the underwhelming side, with Rosman taking the Alfred Hitchcock road and keeping much of the violence off-screen, but the mood and atmosphere make up for it. Fans of “Happy Birthday to Me” and “Graduation Day” should give this one a shot if they haven’t already.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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