Original: The House on the Sorority Row (1983)
Director: Stewart Hendler
Stars: Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Jamie Chung, Rumer Willis, Audrina Patridge, Julian Morris, Caroline D'Amore, Matt O'Leary, Matt Lanter, Margo Harshman, Carrie Fisher
Of all the infamous slasher movies from the 1980s, The House on Sorority Row isn’t the most obvious choice for a reboot, namely because it’s not a household title. And, unfortunately, the underperforming 2009 remake didn’t do much to spotlight the original.
Still, the ’83 film stands as one of the older era’s better hack-and-slash efforts, and Stewart Hendler’s newer version is stylish, quick-moving good time in its own right. Of course, centering on a cast of sexy young actresses doesn’t hurt matters, but, as a straightforward body-count flick, Sorority Row recaptures a bit of Scream’s funny/violent spirit with more imaginative kills (see: the liquor bottle jammed into a poor girl’s throat).