Was the original SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE really that successful? Well, like it or not, here's SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE 2. Originally filmed as "Nighty Nightmare," this direct-to-video release is so bad director Jim Wynorski originally took his name off it, calling himself "Arch Stanton"
instead. But now, here it is, with the director bravely putting his monicker back on and an instant-sequel title attached.
A bunch of babes move in to renovate a big old house (one that will look quite familiar to those who have seen a lot of Fred Olen Ray movies) and have a seance in which they attempt to call up the spirit of a man who killed a bunch of people in the manse years earlier. The ouija board they're
using flies into the fireplace, but the girls get over their initial fright and prepare for bed (each one providing a topless shot before they get into their nighties). Meanwhile, a fat, drooling guy named Orville Ketchum has been lurking around, and appears to murder the girls one by one. But
actually, one of the girls has been possessed by the old killer's spirit, and after a bit more misogynist mayhem, the ghost is put to rest. Or is it?
The five girls are played by Robyn Harris, Melissa Moore, Stacia Zhivago, Michelle Verran and Dana Bentley; their names and those of their characters are all that exist to differentiate them, unless one counts the fact that Harris has a British accent and Zhivago looks a lot like Laura Dern. It's
bad enough that their only real purpose is to hang around in various states of undress and be terrorized--while saying things like, "Let's get changed for bed and have a seance!"--but they are presented as utter idiots with no personality, and the camera leers at them almost as enthusiastically as
the inevitable maniac.
The acting, writing and direction in SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE 2 is not so much bad as non-existent; there is something of a subplot attempted, in which a cop who was on the original murder scene continues to investigate it, to help pad out the running time to feature length. Of course, he does most
of his investigative work at the local strip joint, just to allow a few more women to be shown topless. There's more padding when scenes of that first massacre are presented, and a further air of cheapness in the fact that they are taken from the original SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE. (One of the
survivors of that misogynist bloodshed, by the way, supposedly grew up to be one of this film's stripper characters; wonder what the feminist creators of SLUMBER would think of that!) One would assume that since the killer is set up as Orville Ketchum (supposedly playing "Himself"), the finale
would at least allow some pro-female catharsis when the last girl defeats him, but the increasingly predictable "twist" ending even subverts that possibility.
Of course, there are those (and the filmmakers would probably be the first) who would argue that serious criticism is beside the point, that SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE 2 is meant simply as a jokey, brainless good time. But movies like this are a blight on the video horror scene, taking up space that
could be filled by a better, wittier, more ambitious low-budgeter that might not have the required naked women or bloodshed (though the effects in this one are of the cheapest, blood-splattering-on-the-walls type). The movie's real attitude towards its audience and its performers is inadvertently
conveyed by an attempt at a funny end title that reads, "No actresses were hurt or mistreated while making this film." (Violence, excessive nudity.)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: NR
- Review: Was the original SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE really that successful? Well, like it or not, here's SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE 2. Originally filmed as "Nighty Nightmare," this direct-to-video release is so bad director Jim Wynorski originally took his name off it,… (more)