Critics Slash Sorority Row

Horror comedy fails to frighten or amuse
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2009 11:43 AM CDT
Actress Jamie Chung, producer Mike Karz, actors Leah Pipes, Briana Evigan and Margo Harshman pose at the premiere of 'Sorority Row' on September 3, 3009 in Los Angeles, California.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The scantily clad sisters of Theta Pi dish out catty quips and grisly murders in Sorority Row, a retread of '80s horror hit The House on Sorority Row. Neither the comedy nor the horror adds up to much, say critics:

  • With its stars "looking more like whores than coeds," Sorority Row is "braindead as to motivation, plotting or common sense," writes Stephen Schaefer of the Boston Herald. But it does pack in plenty of carnage, "nicely tinged with black humor."

  • The flick "gets by on snarky sorority girls, sassy talk and shivering dread," Roger Moore writes for the Orlando Sentinel. "And it's got topless women, sexual situations, 'date rape' drugs, irresponsible binge drinking: you know—college."
  • The plot "never successfully balances horror with comedy," writes Russell Edwards of Variety. "The first half goes for the straight slice-and-dice approach, but around the halfway point, ham-fisted gallows humor suddenly begins to flow freely."