When I saw the cover to the DVD case for Sorority Slaughterhouse and realized it was directed by David DeCoteau, I knew I needed to see it immediately. David DeCoteau is a extremely prolific director in the horror film industry, having directed over 100 movies in his 30 plus year career. His films include cult favorites such as Creepozoids, Nightmare Sisters, Puppetmaster III and Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama. DeCoteau is a director who tends to deal in quantity over quality, so there were questions. Would Sorority Slaughterhouse be a classic like Puppetmaster III or would it be a bore like Ring of Darkness?
The script for Sorority Slaughterhouse was written by Rolfe Kanesky (The Hazing) from a story created by both DeCoteau and Kanesky. The film stars Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Jessica Morris (Crabs!), Jean Louise O’Sullivan (Assassinaut), Alexia Quinn (666: Kreepy Kerry), and Brianna Joy Chomer (Zoombies). The plot follows college dean Dean Whitman (Roberts) who, after being dumped by a coed, blows his brains out. His soul takes over a clown doll known as BoBo and proceeds to kill sorority chicks.
For a film with “slaughterhouse” in the title, the deaths are a little tame. There isn’t a whole lot of gore but there is a some blood here and there. The deaths include a gunshot to the head, Drain-o down the throat, BoBo killing someone while being used as a sex toy, a strangulation via jump rope, a choking on a balloon animal, and death by pie. For a film with nearly nude women on the cover, there is a surprising lack of nudity. Plenty of simulated orgasms, but not much nudity.
The characters are mostly unlikable and all your average horror stereotypes: The nerd, the slut, the weird goth and the good girl. The goth girl is the only one with any significant character development or motivation and it’s basically all wasted. What really sells this movie is the humor. The dialogue between the girls is witty yet cheesy and full of groan inducing one liners. Eric Roberts hams it up as the voice of BoBo the clown. My guess is this one was one of the easiest and most fun paychecks he has ever earned.
Overall, Sorority Slaughterhouse wasn’t quite as fun or as nasty as I had hoped it would be, but it was still a relatively amusing way to spend an hour and twenty minutes. If you enjoy killer dolls flicks and the Full Moon films from Charles Band, then you will probably get some enjoyment out of Sorority Slaughterhouse.