Sorority House Massacre II – USA, 1990 – overview and reviews

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‘It’s cleavage vs. cleavers and the result is delta delta deadly!’

Sorority House Massacre II also known as Sorority House Massacre 2: Nighty Nightmare – is a 1990 slasher horror film by Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall; Not of This Earth; Piranhaconda) from a screenplay by Mark Thomas McGee, James B. Rogers and Bob Sheridan.

Beyond the title, it bears no relation to the 1986 film Sorority House Massacre. Hard to Die followed the same year. It featured many of the same cast and a similar storyline but was set in a high-rise building.

Main cast:

Scream Queens Melissa Ann Moore and Gail Harris (credited as Robyn Harris), plus Dana Bentley, Mike Elliot, Stacia Zhivago, Barbii and Bridget Carney.

 

Plot:

Five women, Linda (Gail Harris), Jessica (Melissa Moore), Kimberly (Stacia Zhivago), Suzanne (Barbii) and Janey (Dana Bentley) buy the old Hokstedter place for their sorority house They get it cheap because of the bloody incidents from five years before committed by Hokstedter. They decide to stay in it for the night so they can meet the movers in the morning, despite the electricity and the phones not working. Janey tells the group of the murders years before (depicted with clips from The Slumber Party Massacre), putting the group on edge.

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As it turns to night, a storm rolls in and the girls are creeped out by their neighbour Orville Ketchum (Peter Spellos, also in Freddy’s Dead) who recalls the night of the murders, and how Hokstedter was defeated. He gives them the keys to the basement before returning home. The girls decide to explore the basement, and find Hokstedter’s tools and also an Ouija board.

Meanwhile, Lt. Mike Block (Jürgen Baum) and Sgt. Phyliss Shawlee (Toni Naples) set out in the storm to get to the Hokstedter house after they receive a disturbance call from the house, and also suspect Orville had something to do with the murders, although Mike was unable to pin anything on him at the time. After taking showers, the group decide to use the Ouija board to contact Hokstedter…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Just about every female in the cast disrobes, with some of it being more gratuitous than the intentionally over-the-top shower scene in Slumber. There’s a wonderful bit where they all run out in the rain in their underwear (no one wears actual clothes after the first 20 minutes or so) and stand around getting soaked while they argue their next move, allowing them to have see through nighties for the rest of the picture. Needless to say, the movie was directed by Jim Wynorski.” Horror Movie a Day

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“Yes, it is pretty bad, an exercise in sloppy film-making from beginning to end (in one scene you can see the shadow of the squeezy bottle someone is crouching and holding ready to squirt blood up the walls!); there is an absolutely pointless sub-plot involving two cops who only seem to be there so we get a protracted pole-dancing scene … However, there was a certain tongue-in-cheek campiness which made it just about watchable for me.” Hysteria Lives!

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“Stock footage of lightning informs us that a storm is brewing and so naturally the girls change into nighties and grab a Ouija board. Hilarious hijinks and horrible hook murders ensue. It’s often said that a cult movie mustn’t be in on the joke to be any good and here’s proof that theory is full of hot air.” Kindertrauma

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Choice dialogue:

“Well, what did you expect? Buckingham Palace!”

“This place would give Boris Karloff the creeps.”

“Oh my God! Our clothes are upstairs.”

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