‘The House On Sorority Row’ Is Explored By MTV’s Gore Girls

Welcome to Gore Girls! MTV contributor Terri Schwartz doesn’t know crap about the horror genre, and she’s volunteered to be our Movies Blog guinea pig. She has a good guide too. Fellow contributor Jenni Miller is a bonafide horror enthusiast, and she’s willing to walk Terri through her formative experiences with blood, guts, monsters and maniacs. Together, this dynamic duo are horror’s own odd couple, THE GORE GIRLS!!! Good luck Terri… you’re definitely going to need it.

To honor tomorrow’s release of “Sorority Row,” Jenni and Terri sat down with its predecessor for this week’s Gore Girls: “The House on Sorority Row.” For both the original and the remake, the plot is roughly the same. After a college prank gone awry ends in a tragic death, a group of sorority sisters are stalked by a killer who knows what they did… errr… wait a second. Wrong movie. The sisters are stalked by some maniac for their mistake and, in true horror movie fashion, they are offed one by one. And in case it isn’t obvious, be careful: spoilers lie ahead!

Jenni: I didn’t expect to like this movie as much as I did. Which isn’t to say I loved it or will necessarily watch it again, but that I enjoyed it.

Terri: I’ve got to agree with you. With the exception of the ending — I was expecting some clever twist to have the killer be someone they knew all along. I’m a sucker for those endings, but this worked just as efficiently. But let’s talk about the final scene in the film. What did you think of the cliffhanger?

Jenni: I’m not sure we should give away the twist, but it’s such a blatant rip-off of Halloween and the Jason movies that it’s kind of hilarious.

Terri: Agreed! And they really did a good job of dropping hints throughout the film but leading you on a wild goose chase as to who the killer was.

Jenni: I thought the “heroine” was so annoying. She was like Kristen Stewart on a super-bad day.

Terri: Yes! Or Kristen Stewart on an average day? Zing!

Jenni: HAH! Zing indeed. I thought the movie was a lot of fun. It wasn’t particularly creepy or scary, but I could see how it would be. And it wasn’t super gory. It was kind of fun. Like, of course almost all the girls get killed.

Terri: I agree. I liked the corny deaths in this one. Never has so little blood been shed during such gory deaths, except perhaps in Disney movies.

Jenni: So true! It was an enlightening look at sorority life for those of us who went to schools without the Greek system.

Terri: Because every fraternity/sorority house ends in the deaths of the house mother and all but one of its members! That’s what I took out of this.

Jenni: It was definitely slasher lite for the ’80s. I would think if you were doing an intro to slashers, this would be a nice way to ease into it.

Terri: Oh you mean instead of “The Gore Gore Girls“?

Jenni: Haha. Well, that is another beast entirely!

Terri: So any other thoughts on the film? I ended up really enjoying it. Granted it’s nowhere near classic material like “Halloween,” but it didn’t take itself too seriously and it gave a little more than I expected as far as horror flicks go.

Jenni: Yeah, it’s not a classic, but it’s definitely fun and I would recommend it to people who want a laugh and slasher lite. I mean, I wouldn’t show it to my little sister or anything, if I had one. It’s not ground-breaking; it steals things from other movies (clowns, effed-up mothers, etc), but dammit, I liked it.

Terri: I think I might show it to my little sister (if I had one). I mean, there’s only one boob scene, and it’s barely there. I think that should be the definition of slasher lite.

Jenni: Oh, the boobs and sex don’t bother me. The slasher lite, to me, was because the killings were so cheesy and fake and non inventive.

Terri: I know, but the first lesson I learned about slasher films is there are ALWAYS at least one pair of boobs.

Jenni: True!

Terri: I feel like, since this film stole so much from others in the slasher genre, they totally could have made an original “Sorority Row” now (not a remake) and no one would have noticed. Since the plot seems so far off from the original, it probably would have been easier. There are enough spin-offs as is. Apparently there was a “Vampires of Sorority Row”?

Jenni: That’s amazing. I might have to see the others, if they’re related. The original had some girl-on-girl meanness, but the new one looks just like women being horribly catty and effed-up and running around in lingerie, with Rumer Willis crying a lot. The end of the summer is a sad, strange beast when it comes to the movies.