Cast: Leah Pipes as Jessica, Briana Evigan as Cassidy, Rumer Willis as Ellie, Jamie Chung as Claire, Margo Harshman as Chugs, Audrina Patridge as Megan
Synopsis: A prank goes horribly wrong, and a girl dies as a result. Eight months later, a serial killer stalks her sorority sisters.
What do you get when you add “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with a dash of “Mean Girls”? You get “Sorority Row”, a remake of the 1983 horror movie. Both versions are about a group of sorority girls who prank someone. Then the prank goes south and they’re left to pick up the pieces. I’ve never seen the 1983 version, but I have seen this one. And here is my take on it……
It’s the start of senior year at the fictional Rosman University. The sorority girls at Theta Pi are celebrating with their 1st party of the senior year. Adding icing to the cake, they decide to play a prank on Megan’s cheating boyfriend Garrett. And everything seems to be going well until Garrett kills her for real. Then the girls agree not to go to the police, hide Megan’s body and go on with their lives. But fast forward eight months to graduation day. Someone doesn’t want their secret to stay hidden…..
“Sorority Row” was fun, but predictable. I wasn’t really surprised by the turn of events in the movie. I have to say, though, the kills were quite impressive. They were gory, but not overly so. Megan’s death scene was well-acted. The panic, desperation from Ellie and Cassidy and the other girls as they tried to save her life was very well-done. Very stylish.
The acting itself was okay. The best performance for sure belongs to Leah Pipes, who plays the leader and ultra-bitch Jessica. Usually, you don’t root for the bitch. But I found myself doing just that in “Sorority Row”. Yes, Jessica was a social climber, a mean girl and incredibly self-absorbed. But she was also tough, resilient, smart and take-charge. And in her own way caring. Leah Pipes did a great job at bring these qualities to the surface. She was also the movie’s main source of comic relief. This wasn’t your stereotypical character. Briana Evigan was decent as Cassidy. The others weren’t bad, but they didn’t really stand out as much.
Director Stewart Hendler put together a stylish, shiny package. Like I said before, the movie was pleasing to the eye. It’s just that we’ve seen it all before. I’d give a 5.5/10.