Sorority House Massacre

October 17, 2012 at 1:54 am (6 Heads, Sorority House Massacre) (, , , )

Sorority House Massacre – 1986 – United States

Nightmares haunt an amnesiac girl after she moves into a sorority house. Legend claims the house once hosted a brutal mass murder where a man knifed his parents and younger sisters (possibly referencing Ronald Defoe Jr. of Amityville fame). The amnesiac was the sole surviving sister—the memory of which she deeply repressed. Even stranger, she shares a psychic connection with her murderous institutionalized brother, through which he terrorizes her with his bloody fantasies. Soon enough, the brother escapes the institution, rushing to the sorority house for some inevitable stabbing. Suddenly, Sorority House Massacre becomes much more like Halloween (1978).

Despite its dubious title, Sorority House Massacre is unexpectedly cerebral. As the amnesiac and the killer project themselves into hallucinogenic visions of the past and future, reality becomes elusive and confounding. The paranormal elements go far to separate this surreal tale from the slasher flicks it imitates, and the dreamy atmosphere compliments the strange subject matter perfectly. The symbolic nightmares are unsettling as blood oozes onto manikins representing the murdered children.

With some inventive touches, Sorority House Massacre transcends its slasher trappings. The result is a flick that is disquieting instead of merely shocking. Recommended for fans of the low-key and austere.

Rating: 6/10 Shrunken Heads. In case psychic phenomenon seems implausible to you, one of Sorority House Massacre’s characters relates an informative anecdote. In a highly scientific experiment, a kitten is killed, and a hundred miles away its mother simultaneously begins mewling. Who can argue with that?

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