SORORITY GIRLS AND THE CREATURES FROM HELL is a shining example of what's killing the low-budget horror genre. Not one element of this film betrays any evidence that director-writer-producer John McBrearty had any interest in or knowledge of terror films; all he was clearly interested in
was exploiting the genre for some quick bucks.
A group of gorgeous sorority girls head for a remote cabin in the woods to celebrate their graduation. The cabin is owned by one of the girl's uncle Ray (Doug Koth), an archaeologist who has been snooping around a nearby cave to dig up ancient Indian artifacts. He finds one, alright--a large
stone head with an evil face, which possesses Ray and begins to transform him into a hideous monster. Meanwhile, the girls arrive at the cabin, along with a few guys to keep things lively; even the bookwormish Sara (Lynette McBrearty) finds romance with a friendly hunter named Gerald (Wynn
Reichert). As the couples begin to pair off and find quiet corners and woods to fool around in, the monstrous Ray comes calling, dispatching the young people one by one. Also horning in on the mayhem is a convict who's escaped from a nearby road gang and eluded the cops in the woods. It all comes
to a head back at the cave, where the creature is finally destroyed by a grenade wielded by Tex (Len Lesser), Ray's aged neighbor. As Steve (Eric Clark) and Mary Anne (Debbie Dutch), the only survivors of the original group, are taken to a hospital, a policeman cuts himself on the demonic icon and
is fated to become the evil force's next victim.
The "scares" are of the most pedestrian variety, the storyline is as old as the mountains in which it's set, and there's absolutely nothing in the way of personality given to any of the characters. Every one of the girls in the film looks like she just graduated from modeling school, and their
characterizations are utterly simplistic; this is the kind of movie whose idea of a "nerdy" girl is a blonde bombshell with glasses, a baggy sweater and put-up hair. They're also given nothing to say, just a lot of banter about sex and partying to fill the spaces between murders and the obligatory
scenes in which they take off their clothes.
If the material is lame, the execution is just as lacking, with negligible acting and poor special effects (particularly the demonic icon, which comes off like a papier-mache sculpture with a headlight inside). But clearly the intent here was not to create a witty or frightening entertainment,
but to throw together a bunch of nubile girls and gruesome gore scenes, top it off with a marketable title and cast it out into the video marketplace for a fast profit.(Violence, sexual situations, nudity.)
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: NR
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