Day #177: Sorority Row (2009)

Synopsis:

[From IMDb:] A group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer.

My take:

For reasons I cannot begin to fathom, this movie has been stuck in my head for the last few days. Like an earworm.

Perhaps calling back to the point I made about The Unborn, while Sorority Row isn’t exactly a great movie, it also ain’t all that bad. In fact, it even has some pretty good points in its favour.

The thing that really stands out to me is that not all of the main group of sorority girls are one-dimensional characters. Chugs (Margo Harshman) and Jessica (Leah Pipes) in particular have some real depth brought to them by their respective actors – in some respects, in spite of the script – and, while Claire (Jamie Chung) is otherwise pretty shallow, at least she has one moment to show that she’s not going to put up with her douchey boyfriend’s crap. Cassidy (Briana Evigan) and Ellie (Rumer Willis), on the other hand, are a whole lotta nothing…which is pretty bad, considering Ellie is meant to be the protagonist.

Of course, it’d be criminal not to mention the lead up to Carrie Fisher’s death scene. She might look like she’s got permanent duckface, but she’s still a pro.

The plot is kind of lame, the killer’s identity was easy to work out, and the deaths are a bit of a mixed bag, but Sorority Row still ends up being a decent enough popcorn movie. There’s some laughs (mostly thanks to Leah Piper’s great delivery); a decent body count; and a fitting end to a horribly thought out killer, in a scene that was somewhat reminiscent of the end of House of Wax. Sure, I could complain, but I can’t say I wasn’t entertained.

Heck, I didn’t even mind the soundtrack.

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