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'''''The House on Sorority Row''''' is a 1983 SlasherMovie and one of many released in the wake of other popular Slasher Movies like ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'', ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' and ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet''. It was moderately successful when it was released and is now a cult classic among fans of the genre. It got remade in 2009 as ''Film/SororityRow'' with ''Franchise/StarWars'' actress Carrie Fisher in a prominent role.

The story revolves around seven college girls staying in a Sorority House. It's the end of the year and all seven girls are graduating, planning to hold a huge party in the house at the end of the week. Unfortunately for them their house mother, the imperious Mrs. Slater, forbids it as for some reason she always closes the house on the same date every year before the other college houses close. The girls plan to get back at her by pulling a little prank which backfires and ends up getting Mrs. Slater killed. Panicking, the girls hide the body in the pool and continue with their graduation party. Meanwhile someone is stalking the people at the party and murdering them with Mrs. Slater's own walking cane. Perhaps Mrs. Slater is NotQuiteDead after all?

!!Provides examples of:

* AlphaBitch: Vicky was clearly one of these in high school.
* BigNo: Mrs. Slater's reaction in the opening flashback when she hears what happened to her newborn baby. It echoes too.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Three blondes, three brunettes and one redhead.
* ChekhovsGun: Mrs. Slater's cane. It's [[CaneFu used quite a bit]] to further the plot.
** Vicky's boyfriend's gun as well.
* CreepyDoll
* CreepyHousekeeper
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Inverted. The FinalGirl is the only one who actually goes snooping around.
* DangerTakesABackseat: Double subverted. We see Diane in the car and GenreSavvy viewers expect her to get killed. However she leaves the car for a moment when she hears a noise, but then climbs back in where she is quickly dispatched.
* DaylightHorror: Mrs. Slater's accidental murder happens in broad daylight.
* DeadlyPrank
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: A well-done example as the film does a good job of establishing the relationship between the girls and their house mother before the slasher plot kicks in. Though people who've read the synopsis will wonder when Mrs. Slater is going to bite it so the plot can start.
* DistressedDamsel: Katherine initially, though she takes on a proper FinalGirl role eventually.
* DumbBlonde: Morgan.
* TheEndOrIsIt: The film ends with [[spoiler: Eric's [[EyeAwaken eyes opening]], showing that he survived]].
* {{Fainting}}: Morgan faints when a corpse falls on her.
* FinalGirl: Katherine.
* GenderBlenderName: Stevie.
* GenreBlind: Stevie and Diane really should have known better than to go down into the pool cellar and garage alone. Also Katey leaving Jeannie alone when she'd just been attacked.
* AHouseDivided
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Jeanie is killed with the same knife she was going to defend herself with.
* ImpromptuTracheotomy
* MonsterMisogyny: Six female victims, two male victims.
* MushroomSamba: After Katherine is given the "mild sedative" by Dr. Beck, she starts seeing very weird things on two occasions.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Subverted in the case of Mrs Slater. Later played straight with Eric]].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Mrs. Slater's baby wasn't stillborn, he was just horribly deformed and mentally unstable, and she took him home every year on his birthday. It's him who's been killing the girls]].
* SamusIsAGirl: Gender flipped. [[spoiler:The killer is thought to be female but turns out to be male]].
* SearchingTheStalls: Happens when Jeanie takes refuge in the bathroom.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Stevie's death in the basement.
* SlashedThroat: Happens to Liz with a claw-hammer.
* SlashersPreferBlondes: Three blondes in the group. [[spoiler: None of them survive]].
* StrangerBehindTheMask: [[spoiler:The killer is Mrs Slater's unknown son Eric who was born mentally unstable and physically deformed. We don't find this out until roughly the final fifteen minutes of the film]].
* VertigoEffect: Used when drugged out Katherine is running from Dr. Beck.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Peter is shot with a tranquiliser gun by the doctor, mistakenly thinking he's the killer but is otherwise not seen again.
** Vicky's boyfriend is last seen asking where his gun is about halfway through the film.
* WildTeenParty: A wild college party, which allows for a couple of victims to disappear without anyone really noticing at first.
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