Sorority House Massacre II (1990) Review

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SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE II

*** Out of 5

Tagline- It’s Cleavage Vs. Cleavers and the Results are Delta Deadly

Release Date- 1990

Running Time- 77-Minutes

Rating- NR

Screenplay- Mark McGee, J.B. Rogers & Bob Sheridan

Director- Jim Wynorski

Starring- Robyn Harris, Melissa Moore, Stacia Zhivago, Michelle Verran, Dana Bentley and Peter Spellos as Orville Ketchum

Some people seem to be a bit confused as this movie is called Sorority House Massacre II, but clips from the Slumber Party Massacre are shown and some thought maybe there was some kind of mistake or something along those lines. Roger Corman was involved with all 3 Slumber Party Massacre movies as well as both Sorority House Massacre movies. This is a sequel by name only since there is no connection to the original film. The house the girls are staying at was the site of gruesome murders where a man killed his family, which would sort of fit in with Sorority House Massacre, but as the story is told in this film about the murders it strays from the original than of course the clips shown are of Slumber Party Massacre and obviously the story told in this movie wasn’t the plot of Slumber Party. I never read up on this, but I would assume this was billed as a sequel simply for marketing reasons since Corman was involved with the first film and since Corman also again has the rights to all the Slumber Party Massacre movies for whatever reason clips of that film are shown to further set up the story. It might have made more sense to show clips of Sorority House Massacre, but hey this is a B-movie so logic goes out the window.

This isn’t the first time Corman has used footage from his other films to further set up the plot. He also did that with the Boris Karloff starring Targets in, which Karloff plays a horror actor Byron Orlock and to advance the story of Orlock, clips of other Karloff produced Corman movies are shown.

Days of the B-Movie are seemingly gone as most low budget films are Z-grade cinema and Sorority House Massacre II is a fun time trip to another era. I first saw this movie when I was about 11 or 12 and I loved it. For a pre-teen boy this has it all. Hot women wearing as little as possible if anything at all. The 30 something in me, well the film doesn’t hold up quite as well, but with that said there is still plenty of fun to be had. The film was directed by Jim Wynorski and if you know his work you should know exactly what you’re getting into. This isn’t a Martin Scorsese film, but Wynorski isn’t attempting to be him and just simply makes silly, but highly entertaining movies.

5 women purchase the old Hoksteder place for their new sorority house, which was the sight of a few murders 5-years back. The girls get a little spooked by Orville Ketchum (Spellos) their creepy neighbor who is peeking around; the girls than decide to play around with a ouija board (nothing good ever comes out of that) and not long after that the murders start again. Has the spirit of Hoksteder returned or is it the creepy Orville Ketchum?

The screenplay by Mark McGee, J.B. Rogers & Bob Sheridan is exactly what one would expect from a B-movie and never tries to be anything more; the script is entertaining and fun and obviously we get interchangeable characters who lack their own identity and normally that does bother me in films. When watching a movie like this I don’t expect deep and complex characters, but I like for them to at least have their own identities, but in this case it doesn’t take away from the film. Even if the characters are pretty much the same they are however entertaining. McGee, Rogers and Sheridan know exactly what their writing and the script works due to the silly nature. Really my only complaint is the subplot with the two cops; it doesn’t really go anywhere and it seems like these scenes were written to get the script to a certain page count. I wouldn’t say these scenes were boring, but they were rather pointless, but besides that the script is never gonna go down as one of the greats, but it is enjoyable.

Director Jim Wynorski delivers a fun and campy movie and I guess the best way to put it is if you’ve seen any of his work before you should know exactly what to expect; we get beautiful naked women and if not nude wearing as little as possible. Sorority House Massacre II isn’t meant to be high quality cinema and Wynorski never tries to make it that. The pacing can be a little sluggish in some spots, but the film mostly works well due to the fun atmosphere created by Wynorski. The film is a bit light on gore, which is a bit of a letdown, but Wynorski more than makes up for that with the nudity or having the girls run around showing off as much as possible. Overall this is the typical film made by Jim Wynorski and if you’re just looking for a fun silly time Sorority House Massacre II should fit the bill.

Overall Sorority House Massacre II is B-grade cinema and while the 30 something in me doesn’t enjoy it as much its still entertaining and a good time trip back to another era. Sure the pacing can be a bit sluggish and there really isn’t much of a plot and its a little light on gore, but the film still mostly works and at only 77-minutes it moves pretty fast as well. Even if the film doesn’t hold up as well for me I still had fun watching it and fans of shlock cinema should enjoy. Co-writer J.B. Rogers would later go onto work on the first American Pie film and direct the 2nd.

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