September 17, 2009

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Sorority Row (R)
Drinking, swearing, snarky, manipulative, sexually aggressive, mildly evil sorority sisters are preyed upon by a robed serial killer in Sorority Row, a silly but entertaining horror flick.

Actually, after fully getting to know the girls of this sorority house, it’s kind of amazing that anything as mundane as a serial killer can get anything over on these bad-assed lip-glossy broads. The ringleader, Jessica (Leah Pipes), is 22 going on 45 and brings to mind a mix of Rebecca Romijn’s Ugly Betty character and Hillary Clinton. Ellie (Rumer Willis) might be a weakling but she’s the kind of weakling who would quietly embezzle millions from a company, burn it down and then jet to an island somewhere. Were this a frat comedy, Chugs (Margo Harshman) would be played by John Belushi. Cassidy (Briana Evigan), our sort-of heroine, is shown as morally torn — but you suspect that if she followed her conscience and sent herself and her sisters to prison, she’d be the one beating up the guard on the first day.

And prison is a possibility for these gals after a prank goes wrong and they accidentally kill one of their number at the beginning of senior year. Skip forward to May and they have graduated. On their last night — a raging party, of course — they find themselves terrorized by a mysterious killer. Is it the girl they left for dead? The boy they tricked into killing her? Some other unknown baddie? Carrie Fisher, perhaps, who plays the booze-swilling, take-no-crap house mother? (How cool would it be if Carrie Fisher turned out to be the killer in some horror flick?)

Sorority Row is everything you’d expect — over-sexed girls getting killed first, lots of people in their underwear, gory and ridiculous manners of death. But it has attitude. It doesn’t care if it doesn’t make sense. It’s in this for the fun, the bitchy asides and the mid-movie appearance of a bubble generator. B-

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and partying. Directed by Stewart Hendler and written by Josh Stolberg, Pete Goldfinger and Mark Rosman, Sorority Row is an hour and 40 minutes long and is distributed in wide release by Summit Entertainment.