By John Mulderig
Source: Catholic News Service
Early on in the cut-rate horror tale "Sorority Row"
(Summit), a hard-drinking coed who goes by the poetic moniker Chugs
(Margo Harshman) watches via computer cam as her brother Garrett (Matt
O'Leary) beds Megan (Audrina Patridge), one of her sorority sisters
whom Garrett has drugged to make her more cooperative. This uplifting
scene pretty much sets the tone for the old-fashioned exercise in
exploitation that follows.
The sketchy plot hinges on the fact that Garrett is Megan's
ex-boyfriend whom she dumped for cheating. Out for revenge, she and
some of her other sisters—Cassidy (Briana Evigan), Jessica (Leah
Pipes), Ellie (Rumer Willis) and Claire (Jamie Chung)—have concocted
a prank that involves convincing Garrett that the supposed date-rape
pills he gave Megan (in fact just vitamins supplied by the girls) have
poisoned and killed her.
For reasons too boring to detail, the trick goes terribly
wrong, and Megan ends up really and most sincerely dead. Garrett and
the girls agree to conceal the mishap by dumping Megan's body and
claiming she simply disappeared. But their coverup starts to unravel
several months later as the female members of the guilty group fall
prey, one by one, to a black-robed slasher.
As directed by Stewart Hendler, the gruesome proceedings are
interspersed with "Animal House"-style high jinks, gratuitous nudity
(predictably, the stalker claims one of his victims in the sorority
showers) and the early stages of a number of utterly promiscuous sexual
The film contains frequent bloody violence, brief nongraphic
nonmarital sexual activity, upper female and rear nudity, a couple of
profanities, and much rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for
Film & Broadcasting classification is O—morally offensive. The
Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under
17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Mulderig is on the staff of the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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