The House on Sorority Row (1983) (MVD Rewind Collection) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The House on Sorority Row (1983) (MVD Rewind Collection) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Mark Rosman
STARRING: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward
RATED: R/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM MVD Visual

A fledgling sorority moves into a dilapidated house, only to find something evil is lurking in the shadows. Is it an elaborate hazing ritual? Or is something sinister – something paranormal – behind the mental and physical assault? One by one they face their deepest fears against a malignant force, seemingly aware of their darkest secrets. You’ll never guess what lies behind the Haunted House on Sorority Row…

I’ll just start off by saying that this is probably the best film I’ve seen from Henrique Couto. It looks better, is shot better, and just generally seems like a better movie than anything else I’ve seen by the man. Still, this isn’t a perfect film. It just isn’t a bad film either. We are tossed into a very nude filled scenario with odd things happening to a group of girls at their new sorority house that just so happens to be haunted. Soon, them and two guys get locked in the house and the stuff hits the fan. It holds your attention good enough and has some nice gags here and there to make for a good overall presentation and atmosphere. I’d say if the film is going for a creepy feel it certainly succeeds in that department.

The females in this movie are all good and hold their own to make things what they are. The only bad thing is the male side of things don’t hold up as well and they kind of drag it down a bit with their performances. Still, there is far more good than bad with about all you’d need when it comes to the horror essentials represented well with some humor tossed in. I’m a little mixed on the ending, but I think in time it might grow on me a bit. I also can actually see me re-watching this one to find out how I feel about it later. When you take everything into account here you have a step-up on almost all ends from nearly everyone involved and the results are a film worth checking out if you like true indie horror.

Extras

  • TWO versions of the film! High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio with LPCM 2.0 stereo sound AND alternate version of the film with director approved pre-credit sequence with mono audio
  • Audio Commentary with director Mark Rosman
  • Audio commentary with director Mark Rosman and stars Eileen Davidson and Kathryn McNeil
  • Interviews with cast and crew including: Director Mark Rosman, stars Harley Jane Kozak, Eileen Davidson and Kathryn McNeil, Composer Richard Band and Producer Igo Kantor
  • Original Pre-Credit Sequence
  • Alternate ending storyboards
  • TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Artwork
  • Collectible Mini-Poster
  • Limited Edition Retro Slip Cover – FIRST PRESSING ONLY

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 87%

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