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Sorority Row a.k.a. “The House on Sorority Row,” “House on Sorority Row,” “Pacto Secreto,” “Secreto de sangre”

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and partying.

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger

Extremely Offensive
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Horror, Thriller, Remake
1 hr. 41 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
September 11, 2009 (wide—2,500 theaters)
DVD: February 23, 2010
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Featuring: Teri Andrzejewski, Adam Berry, Megan Elizabeth Wolfley, Robert Belushi, Marie Blanchard, Briana Evigan, Shedrick Garrett, Margo Harshman, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Leah Pipes, Audrina Patridge, Matt O'Leary, Julian Morris, Debra Gordon, Matthew Cannon, Carrie Fisher, Caroline D'Amore, Matt Lanter, Maxx Hennard, Ken Bolden, Ashtin Petrella, Rick Applegate, Deja Kreutzberg, Nicole Moore, Melissa Lukon, Chris Conroy, Justine Wachsberger, Joe Forgione, Kelly Dessoye, Katie Woolridge, Jeff Krajci, Joanna Waldsmith, Natalia Dove, Justin Tully, Anna McGhee, Kaylynn Beckham, John W. Iwanonkiw, William Kania, David Dale McCue, Gaynelle W. Sloman
Director: Stewart Hendler
Producer: Karz Entertainment, Summit Entertainment, Bill Bannerman, Douglas Curtis, Darrin Holender, Mike Karz, Mark Rosman
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

“The sisters of Theta Pi are dying to keep a secret.”

This movie is a remake of “The House on Sorority Row” (1983—Rated R).

Although this film is a remake of the 1983 film “A House on Sorority Row,” it bears an unsuccessful resemblance to 1997’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” After a prank turns into the accidental murder of a sorority sister, the rest of the sisters decide to hide her body and swear themselves to secrecy. Against the deception is Cassidy (Briana Evigan) who insists that they call the police and own up to their mistake. The others force her into secrecy by planting her jacket on the dead body and warning that they’d falsely accuse her of the murder.

Eight months later, Cassidy is alienated from her sorority, and the sisters carry the burden of their secret in different ways. Approaching the last days of college, the sorority throws one final party where the women who were involved in the accidental murder begin to be killed off one by one by a black-hooded murderer and his tire iron.

It’s very doubtful this movie was created to be taken seriously. Either way, it isn’t a pleasant viewing. It has a weak plot, annoying characters, and corny dialogue. While Evigan and Rumer Willis are given decent characters, the rest of the sorority sisters are two-dimensional stereotypes. Their pettiness, even during the killings, is hardly feasible, adding a cheap, campy quality to the film. Perhaps the film’s main reason for existence was to show gory violence along with nudity.

Objectionable Content

The movie’s appropriately rated “R.” All the murders are bloody and gruesome; there are several deaths by impalement and stabbings. The cursing is also heavy, with numerous uses of the “f” word and the Lord’s name in vain. “Sorority Row” is also filled with nudity, partying, and drinking.

While the film’s full of debauchery, it does accurately reflect how people will reap what they sow. The sisters’ relationships are shallow and condescending, and only hurt is reaped from such evil company. When one of the sorority sisters is upset, her boyfriend keeps making advances, despite her sadness. Much to her dismay, he brushes her off and pursues other girls. Since their entire relationship’s almost sexually based, it reaps a foreseen ending when she refuses his advances.

While the movie’s certainly an exaggeration of a prank gone wrong, it does hold a certain amount of truth. Pranks require a deception that is almost never returned with appreciation. King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 26:18-19:

“Like a madman shooting firebrand or deadly arrows is a man who deceives his neighbor and says ‘I was only joking!’”

Christians can become shining examples for Christ by seasoning our speech with aptly spoken words and with wholesomeness. As for the movie, it’s definitely one Christians should avoid. Fortunately, it isn’t well made, so hopefully it shouldn’t render itself a temptation. Suspenseful movies can be fun when the suspense actually arises from a strong plot and not from gore and nudity.

Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Extreme

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Comments from young people
Negative—I agree with the reviewer’s comment about not being a temptation, based on bad movie making. This is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, and I tore up my ticket stub when I was done. The only redeeming quality other than the occasional laugh is seeing the most out of control people and being thankful you don’t live that way, however that’s not worth your time or money. Why did I go to see this at all? I thought it might have a good twist, which it didn’t.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1½
—Michael, age 17 (USA)