Sunday, January 12, 2014

Damsels in Distress. And Nighties :Sorority House Massacre II (1990)

Sorority House Massacre II (1990) (AKA "Nightie Nightmare")
Rating: *1/2
Starring: Gail Harris, Melissa Moore, Stacia Zhivago

Ugh, I these Sorority House Massacre sequels. I can almost forgive the cheap, lifeless production they put into these films, but must they confuse newbie slasher fans by putting in clips from another movie that isn't even a part of its own franchise? That's just plain lazy. And confusing. More of the latter!

With zero relation from the first Sorority House Massacre (1986), this early 90s follow-up had a group of five bimbos staying in a dilapidated house that they planned on fixing and make into their new sorority house, unknown to the most of them that a massacre had took place in that house years ago. (shown through flashback-stock footages from Slumber Party Massacre (1982)) With nothing to do, the girls spend their evening showering, walking around in nighties and playing with an Ouija board that they found in the basement.

Keeping an eye on them, much to the girl's uneasiness, is their neighbor creepy Orville Ketchum, whose diet consists of what appears to be raw meat and keeps his keys inside his pants. (No, not the pockets. But inside his pants)
wait, where was that key hanging on-
Y'know what? I don't wanna know...
As a thunderstorm brews along that night, one of the girls were murdered by someone brandishing a meathook. None of the girls knew about this until they realize she wasn't seen since. As more of them gets killed off, suspicions befell on Orville, whose zombie-like looks makes him too obvious to be our killer, but otherwise blamed and repeatedly beaten to a near death state too many times to even consider him human. Well, these girls will soon find out who's killing who, but by then, who will be left standing?

I admit there's a certain B-grade cheesy charm on this movie, something that can help viewers who're willing to turn off their logic in favor of ridiculous plotting and seemingly immortal overweight neighbors. To be frank, the single star rating you see above there was from the fact that it did induce some chuckles out of me, and then there's half a star for nudity, smooth shower scenes and the fact that this is the perfect example of those slasher films that seems to broil up the clich├ęd sex=death formula, since our girls spend the rest of their evening running around in a dark and stormy night, wearing nothing but loose, skimpy nighties.

But all in all, I still find myself browsing through my media collections, thinking of the next title I'll be watching after this since this is all a waste of time; the horror elements is gone, the kills are quite tame and cheap, and the reveal in the end is anything but shocking. I'm sure the only ones who will enjoy this movie are gonna be those pre-teen boys who cares little about production values, workable stories and character development, and instead wanted to see some boobs and blood. Not sure if they'll find hard to kill neighbors funny, though, but I wouldn't worry much about that.

A pointless movie with a confused sense of targeting audience, Sorority House Massacre is neither funny or scary, but overall sleazy in the cheapest kind. I suggest watching the real Slumber Party Massacre instead!

1 female hacked with meathook
1 female hacked with meathook
1 female killed with meathook
1 female knifed on the neck
1 female shot to death
Total: 5

...I knew it.

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