A little girl’s brother kills the whole family but her (she escapes by hiding in the basement). He is committed, and she grows up with a new family, eventually going to college, where she joins a sorority. Due to a memory block, she doesn’t remember that the sorority house was her childhood house. Her brother senses her presence in the house and escapes so he can finish the job he was unable to complete.
Writer/director Carol Frank’s R-rated slasher film (her only directorial effort) was a tedious horror film – capitalizing on the slasher-film craze of the time period. It was followed by a sequel titled Sorority House Massacre II (1990). It was not to be confused with another series of similar films – The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) and its sequels in 1987 and 1990, although Carol Frank was assistant to the director on The Slumber Party Massacre.
This horror-thriller told of a disturbed, amnesia-suffering young woman named Beth (Angela O’Neil) with a short haircut who arrived at an LA sorority house after the death of her aunt. She was experiencing nightmares and hallucinations of psychopathic killer Robert Henkel (John C. Russell) stalking her. [Note: The sorority girls and their boyfriends watched Slumber Party Massacre on TV during part of the film.]
There were only three girls, plus Beth, left in the house over the weekend. During the film’s sole scene of nudity in an MTV-style musical montage, the trio of Tracy (Nicole Rio), Linda (Wendy Martel), and Sara (Pamela Ross) – with Beth watching – took advantage of rich sorority girl Cindy’s absence and raided her closet – trying on various outfits.
The predictable twist in the film was that Beth was the killer’s younger sister. He had murdered the rest of their family years ago and was bent on revenge against her as well. He had escaped from an asylum and was targeting the LA sorority house – the same house that his murdered family had lived in.
Tracy and her boyfriend Craig (Joe Nassi) were making out in a teepee on the lawn of the sorority house – and when the killer struck, she ended up with a knife stuck between her bare breasts, while he fled into the house naked.
The film ended with Beth waking up with a scream from her hospital bed – with another vision (?) of her brother (with a bloody face) calling out her name.
Director: Carol Frank