Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama (1988)
By: Devon B. on October 30, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Cult Video (USA). All Regions, NTSC. 4:3 English DD 2.0. 79 minutes
The Movie
Director: David DeCoteau
Starring: Andras Jones, Linnea Quigley, Robin Rochelle, Michelle Bauer, Brinke Stevens
Screenplay: Sergei Hasenecz
Music: Guy Moon
Country: USA
AKA: The Imp
"There are no freshmen in the college of love, and they're about to graduate to madcap mayhem when a sorority prank goes crazy." I'm not sure who wrote that for the Cult Video DVD cover, but he or she had some interesting ideas about clarity and grammar.

I believe Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama was the first cheesy, low budget, inept horror movie I ever saw. I remember being about 10 and catching it on late night TV, in a watered down version, of course. I must confess, when years later I finally got to see the full naked version of Sorority Babes it stirred feelings of…sentimentality.

Sorority Babes is about a bunch of, get this, sorority babes getting initiated. Actually, that makes them pre-sorority babes, but the last thing the film's title needed was an additional hyphen. Anyway, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer (here billed as Michelle McClellan) play the initiants, and their first test is to receive what has to be the longest ass paddling outside of fetish porn. A group of nerds spy on their initiation, and get caught. As penance, the guys are blackmailed into going along on the initiants' next task, breaking into a bowling alley to steal the guard's uniform. Once at the alley, they meet up with street-smart urchin Linnea Quigley, who was planning on doing some stealing of her own. The group accidentally unleashes an imp, a very shoddy special effect, who has been trapped in the alley. He begins granting wishes, but in a twist no one would ever expect, he monkey paws them, and the wishes turn deadly.

The "acting" in Sorority Babes leaves much to be desired, and indeed some of director David DeCoteau's attempts at humour are marred by the thespians he had on hand. While those involved are a little too old for college, Bauer has long been my favourite scream queen, so I'll suffer inconsistent logic to get to check her out…er…enjoy her performances. Fans of Quigley may want to look elsewhere, as she remains clad throughout, but those who want to see a bit of Stevens or Bauer will get what they're after.

Sorority Babes isn't very long at 79 minutes, but is a bit slow. The characters continually explain things, but, believe it or not, there're still plot holes. The film does try to be funny, but a lot of the humour fails, especially that from the imp. He says witty things like "Have a nice trip. See you next fall," when someone crashes down, which makes it seem like the script was written by some kids during recess.

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama may be ridiculous, D-grade tripe, but it also has D-cup nudity, so it all works out.
The film is presented at 1.33:1. The image is a little soft, but the print is actually surprisingly clean. There're still some spots and dirt, a bit of distracting grain, and some ballooning under the coloured lighting of the film sets. The final reel unfortunately has some black blotchy thing running through it, so looks worse than the rest of the film.
The two-channel mix is a bit loud, and the levels can fluctuate a bit. There's also some distortion, but the real problem is the painfully 80s score. The horror genre may well have pinnacled in the 80s, but the big problem with even the greatest 80s movies is the 80s music.
Extra Features
There're a few trailers, including Sorority Babes' and Beach Babes From Beyond's. The latter is not a good movie, but is of note for featuring so many celebrity siblings. There's also some Full Moon merchandise information; an ad for cult video; and filmographies (listed as bios) for DeCoteau, Quigley, and Stevens.
The Verdict
Fans of DeCoteau will enjoy Sorority Babes, and fans of either Stevens' or Bauer's body of work should take a look as well. If you're into 80s cheese, this is also a winner; it's just too bad the DVD's flawed.
Movie Score
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