Sorority Party Massacre
February 11, 2014
Chris W. Freeman
Chris W. Freeman, Justin Jones
Ed O’Ross as Sheriff Lumpkin
Thomas Downey as Watts
Marissa Skell as Paige
Sorority Party Massacre has a lot of good things going for it, but there are some detectable faults to juggle as well.Are the positives enough to overcome the negatives?
Sorority Party Massacre begins in carbon copy fashion to Wes Craven’s original Scream flick. A scary dude calls an attractive young lady. Presents the idea of a quiz; answer properly and survive, provide the wrong answer and die. The mysterious caller’s voice is tweaked, a grizzled imitation of the Ghostface voice. After the questions begin rolling, and our lovely young lady answers improperly, it’s go time. Our killer ops up and takes her out in gnarly fashion.
Seriously, it’s Scream with no budget. But that’s only the beginning.
The good news is, the story strays from the Scream mold early. Some of the bad news however, is the fact that this one is – at times – about as cliché as possible, and in truth, really has nothing to do with any kind of sorority party. And, that’s kind of the selling point, so, you know, we’d like to see that wild business go down. Unfortunately it doesn’t.
But again we receive neutralizers in the form of some insanely effective comedy (some subtle, so not so subtle) and creative, inspired post-production work. This is a well edited, imaginative little picture. Despite financial limitations we see some very impressive transitions and effects, and that’s a welcomed bonus. It seems, as odd as it is, that every pro of the film has an easily detectible con. It’s something of an enigma picture. One piece entertaining, one piece annoying and one piece confusing as all hell. It’s just all over the place, and feels impossible to reel in and grasp.
Believe it or not, it’s neither great nor terrible. But I can’t tell you precisely what it is.
Writer/directors Chris W. Freeman and Justin Jones do a great job of gifting their characters with clear, differing personalities. And the introductions to our sorority girls, who again, never really get to do all too much partying, are wildly entertaining. Sadly, things slowly spiral a bit as the pic progresses through the second act, hitting a stale state that we’ve all become familiar with over the years.
And then we get another unforeseeable tangle in the mix. A string of seemingly random twists clutter the final act, forcing viewers to question reality from fantasy. And, it’s admittedly entertaining. The ebb and flow of the picture make it near impossible to reach a definitive verdict on this quirky piece. There’re creative tactics utilized left and right. There are dull familiarities surfacing constantly. How do you juggle that strange blend?
When all is said and done, there’s no doubt that Sorority Party Massacre carries thrills. It’s also a piece of work that clearly suffers from a few technical weaknesses. But it’s an enjoyable flick. There are hearty laughs to be discovered. There are awesome post production executions that captivate in an almost Tarantino kind of way.
There’s good and bad here, but at the end of the day, Sorority Party Massacre gets an apprehensive nod from me. Don’t look for the greatest flick of the last decade, but expect some fun, light hearted laughs and a couple wicked dry lines. The framing in shots is also superb, impressive stuff that breaks any chance of monotony. Not a bad flick, at all, even if it is a bitch to explain – with justifiable and neutral honesty – in words. Watch it and judge for yourselves!