Sorority House Massacre (1987)

R | 73 mins | Horror | 20 March 1987

Director:

Carol Frank

Writer:

Carol Frank

Producer:

Ron Diamond

Cinematographer:

Marc Reshovsky

Editor:

Jeff Wishengrad

Production Designer:

Susan Emshwiller

Production Company:

Concorde Pictures
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HISTORY

       The film was initially titled Sorority according to a casting notice in the 20 Jan 1986 DV, which stated that filming was scheduled to begin on 27 Feb 1986 in Los Angeles, CA. However, the 7 May 1986 DV indicated that principal photography did not start until 4 Mar 1986 and that the titled had changed to Sorority House Massacre.
       The film opened on 10 Apr 1987, according to a notice in the 15 Apr 1987 DV.

      End credits include the following “special thanks” to: “Emil Safier; Data Mogul; Terry Borst, HGA; Peter Hutcheson; Sentinel Container Corporation; Numero Uno Pizza Restaurants; Sparkletts Drinking Water; Lettuce Patch Restaurants; Tartufo Italgelateria; Wamsutta Pacific; Cherokee – An American Original; Dresses By Karen Alexander; Campus Casuals; Pamala Pebbles for Xabia; Hayward Soo Hoo – Chew Yuen Co.” ... More Less

       The film was initially titled Sorority according to a casting notice in the 20 Jan 1986 DV, which stated that filming was scheduled to begin on 27 Feb 1986 in Los Angeles, CA. However, the 7 May 1986 DV indicated that principal photography did not start until 4 Mar 1986 and that the titled had changed to Sorority House Massacre.
       The film opened on 10 Apr 1987, according to a notice in the 15 Apr 1987 DV.

      End credits include the following “special thanks” to: “Emil Safier; Data Mogul; Terry Borst, HGA; Peter Hutcheson; Sentinel Container Corporation; Numero Uno Pizza Restaurants; Sparkletts Drinking Water; Lettuce Patch Restaurants; Tartufo Italgelateria; Wamsutta Pacific; Cherokee – An American Original; Dresses By Karen Alexander; Campus Casuals; Pamala Pebbles for Xabia; Hayward Soo Hoo – Chew Yuen Co.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Jan 1986
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Daily Variety
7 May 1986
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Daily Variety
15 Apr 1987
p 3, 12.
Variety
14 Jan 1987
p. 90
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Concorde presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d unit cam
Asst cam/Elec
Elec
Key grip
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst ed
Addl ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Prop master
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus comp & performed by
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Prod sd mixer
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Boom op
Sd ed
Sd eng
Sd transfers
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles & opticals
Main title des
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Scr supv
Prod asst
Prod asst
Post prod facilities
Film processing
Post prod supv
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Sorority
Release Date:
20 March 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 20 March 1987
New York opening: 10 April 1987
Production Date:
began 4 March 1986 in Los Angeles
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Prints
Prints by the Filmhouse Group
Duration(in mins):
73
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28227
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Los Angeles, California, college student Beth Hinkle considers pledging the Theta Omega Theta sorority and goes to stay in the sorority house for a weekend before making up her mind. Meanwhile, at Peligro Valley State Mental Hospital, Beth’s older brother, Robert “Bobby” Hinkle, is awakened from a near catatonic state the moment Beth enters the house. Fourteen years earlier, Bobby murdered both his parents and three of his younger sisters in that house. At five years old, Beth, who then was known by her first name of “Laura,” hid in a crawl space in the basement during his murderous rampage, becoming the only surviving family member. While growing up under her aunt’s care, Beth blocked all memories of the murders. Back at the sorority house, Beth goes to bed and dreams about three young girls who tell her to be careful about going into the house. As the dream continues, Beth sees the dining room table seated with life-sized dolls and blood starts dripping from the lit candles. Looking up, Beth sees blood dripping from the ceiling. While still dreaming, Beth goes upstairs to find the sheets are covered in blood. The next morning, the sorority girls go to class, but Beth stays behind and sees an image of Bobby with a knife in his hand in the mirror. Meanwhile, at the mental hospital, Bobby breaks free of his restraints and tries to escape. When orderlies catch him, doctors hook him up to a machine that measures brain wave activity. Bobby shows agitated patterns connected to the murders, and screams, “Laura,” the first words he has spoken in years. The doctors sedate him with a ... +


In Los Angeles, California, college student Beth Hinkle considers pledging the Theta Omega Theta sorority and goes to stay in the sorority house for a weekend before making up her mind. Meanwhile, at Peligro Valley State Mental Hospital, Beth’s older brother, Robert “Bobby” Hinkle, is awakened from a near catatonic state the moment Beth enters the house. Fourteen years earlier, Bobby murdered both his parents and three of his younger sisters in that house. At five years old, Beth, who then was known by her first name of “Laura,” hid in a crawl space in the basement during his murderous rampage, becoming the only surviving family member. While growing up under her aunt’s care, Beth blocked all memories of the murders. Back at the sorority house, Beth goes to bed and dreams about three young girls who tell her to be careful about going into the house. As the dream continues, Beth sees the dining room table seated with life-sized dolls and blood starts dripping from the lit candles. Looking up, Beth sees blood dripping from the ceiling. While still dreaming, Beth goes upstairs to find the sheets are covered in blood. The next morning, the sorority girls go to class, but Beth stays behind and sees an image of Bobby with a knife in his hand in the mirror. Meanwhile, at the mental hospital, Bobby breaks free of his restraints and tries to escape. When orderlies catch him, doctors hook him up to a machine that measures brain wave activity. Bobby shows agitated patterns connected to the murders, and screams, “Laura,” the first words he has spoken in years. The doctors sedate him with a powerful drug believing he will be unconscious for a day or longer. Back at the college, the majority of the sorority girls go out of town for Memorial Day weekend, leaving only Beth, Sara, Linda, and Tracy to stay in the house. There, Beth hallucinates a vision of two adult corpses sitting on the sofa. The man has a pick axe through his chest and the woman has a bloody wound in her chest. Later, the four girls enjoy trying on the expensive clothes of a wealthy sorority member. When Beth tells them about her dreams, they fix alcoholic drinks and try to decipher the meaning using various psychology textbooks. Meanwhile, at the sanitarium, Bobby attacks and kills an orderly, climbs over a barbed wire fence, and escapes. He runs into town, where he pilphers a hunting knife from a hardware store and kills the elderly store owner. Bobby then steals an old station wagon and drives toward Los Angeles. At the sorority, the girls have Indian-themed items delivered to the house, including a cigar-store Indian statue, a tomahawk, and a tee-pee. That night, three fraternity men, Andy, Craig, and John, come to join the girls for dinner. When the power goes out, they eat in front of the fireplace and tell ghosts stories. One of the men claims that the house once belonged to a family that was murdered before the sorority bought it twelve years ago. Beth listens to the tale of a son who murdered his parents and three sisters, still unaware she was the lone survivor. Soon after, Beth goes to bed and dreams of someone trying to stab her and awakens screaming. At the mental hospital, an orderly discovers that Bobby has escaped. They call his psychiatrist, Dr. Lindsey, who reports that Bobby would likely go after his surviving sister. At the house, Tracy trips the fuse box and the electricity turns back on. Beth comes downstairs to talk about her dream, reporting that the house looked very different in her dream. She fears the man from the dream is coming for her. Meanwhile, Bobby parks near the sorority house. When Beth reports that the killer in her dream hid a knife in the fireplace, the men pull out some bricks and find a knife caked with dried blood. Unsure what to do with the knife, they throw it back in the fireplace. Linda suggests they hypnotize Beth to discover the cause of her nightmares. Meanwhile, Andy sees it is late and leaves. Outside, Bobby kills Andy by stabbing him in the stomach. Under hypnosis, Beth recalls being a five-year-old hiding in the basement crawlspace, out of reach of the knife-wielding Bobby. Tracy and Craig go outside to make out in the teepee. Bobby shreds the tent with his knife and stabs Tracy in the back, killing her. Craig runs inside and telephones the police, but Bobby has cut the wires. As Bobby retrieves his knife from the fireplace, he finds John and Beth sleeping on the sofa and kills John. Bobby swings the knife at Beth, but she runs upstairs and joins Craig, Linda, and Sara hiding in a bedroom. When Bobby tries to break into the room, they push a chest of drawers in front of the door and scream out the window for help, but no one hears. After attaching a fold-up fire ladder to the windowsill, Craig climbs down and holds the ladder steady while Linda climbs to safety. However, Bobby stabs Craig, killing him, and then starts to climb the ladder to get to Linda. With Bobby grabbing at her feet, Linda climbs back into the room. The girls release the fire ladder from the windowsill, but Bobby gets to the top and grabs hold of the windowsill. The girls beat at his hands and Bobby falls to the ground. Rushing downstairs, the girls see Bobby in the front yard, so they hurry back upstairs and barricade themselves in a bedroom. When Bobby jumps through the bedroom window, Beth sees his face and realizes he is the man from her dreams. The three girls run downstairs again, but Bobby traps them in the backyard. As they run, Sara trips over Tracy’s dead body. Bobby stabs her dead. Linda and Beth run inside and hide in the basement. They hear sirens approaching. Beth recalls hiding in the basement as a five-year-old and remembers Bobby was attacking her. She realizes that Bobby is her brother and that she was the sole survivor of his murderous rampage. When Bobby comes into the basement, the girls run back upstairs. Bobby follows and traps Beth in a corner, but Linda hits Bobby repeatedly with a shovel until he falls to the floor. Although they think Bobby is dead, he stands up and stabs Linda in the back before falling to the floor again. Beth helps Linda to the door, but she dies. Meanwhile, Bobby crawls across the floor toward Beth. He takes the knife out of Linda’s back, grabs Beth’s legs and starts stabbing at her legs. However, Beth grabs another knife from the floor and stabs Bobby in the neck just as the police arrive.
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