Sorority Row

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Satirical shadings can't save sorority slasher schlock.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 23 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The ideas of "sisterhood" and "solidarity" are twisted and corrupted by characters like Jessica. Still, the survivors persevere over the killer in the name of the same sisterhood. College, or at least the fraternity/sorority side of it, is portrayed as a nonstop orgy of drinking, parties, and sex.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There's nobody worth emulating here, although the entourage includes some requisite "good" girls who reluctantly go along with the deadly coverup, not to mention all the decadence. The movie's few representatives of the adult world -- a U.S. Senator, a house mother, a therapist -- are depicted as ruthless, corrupt, and sinister.


Blood spurts in many stabbings and impalings, chiefly thanks to a customized tire-iron bristling with blades. Shotgun blasts, one character is run down by a car, another's face is hideously burning from within by an incendiary weapon. Heads are bashed and noses bloodied by blunt instruments. Talk of dismemberment.


Female nudity (bare breasts) in the shower, a stripper at a party, and revealing clothing throughout -- including one get-up that shows a bare bottom. Talk of "blow jobs." Much additional talk about sex, most of it sordid, including sexual favors for drugs, sex secretly taped for the Internet, homosexual sex (a character is described as an "ass man"), date rape (seemingly condoned), etc. But most sex acts that are initiated are never completed, including a character found tied to a bedpost after an aborted kinky act. A character who turns down easy heterosexual sex is spitefully accused of being homosexual.


Many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "hell," "whore," "dick," "laid," "hell," "ass," "damn," "douchebag," "a--hole," "oh my God," and, most of all, "bitches."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Heavy drinking, talk of pills. One character is known as "Chugs" specifically for her voluminous drug/alcohol intake. Suggestion that "roofies" (aka date-rape drugs) have been administered. Inquiries about campus drug dealing.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this college-set slasher bloodbath is full of gory deaths, mainly impalements. Sexual and erotic elements are graphic and lurid, beginning with a drugged-up "date rape" situation and continuing with casual references to sex as a tool for revenge, status, exploitation, and even commerce (trading sex for pills). Drinking is frequent (one victim is killed with a shattering liquor bottle), and college-level "education" is depicted as one alcohol, sex, and drug-saturated party after another. Profanity is the movie's least raw element, but you can still expect plenty of uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMike M July 28, 2014

Bad acting and cheap thrills take over Sorority Row.

The only scary part about Sorority Row is the acting. When Audrina Patridge from MTV's The Hills is cast in the movie, you just know it will be horrible. S... Continue reading
Adult Written byAmericanplaya217 April 29, 2012

Lots of violence and sex

the movie has one character who is willing to put herself in jail for a dumb prank. Overall the movie was fine. Has some talks of sex. Has nudity throughout the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFilms123 August 30, 2019

Decent slasher remake

A so-so slasher that is entertaining enough to pass time, with inventive kills but is somewhat predictable. Carrie Fisher is awesome as the housemother though.... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJk12345 January 31, 2017

Good, slasher remake, totally played well!!

Violence 9/10 bloody violence is used throughout
Sex 8/10 lots of strong sexual content including nudity
Profanity 7/10 includes lots of f-bombs and lots of m... Continue reading

What's the story?

In a setup that echoes I Know What You Did Last Summer (and makes that horror cheese look masterful by comparison), a group of seniors in the Theta Pi sorority pulls a prank on an unfaithful boyfriend during a drunken party, making him think that his lover, Megan (Audrina Patridge), has fatally overdosed during sex. But the stunt goes sickeningly wrong when Megan gets killed for real with a tire iron. The women who were in on the prank are pressured by their haughty, conniving ringleader, Jessica (Leah Pipes), to dispose of the body and keep what happened a secret. Eight months later, at graduation, the guilty girls start receiving ominous phone messages and images, and a figure in a hooded graduation robe starts stalking and killing them, wielding a tire iron tricked-out with blades and sharp points. Is a vengeful Megan back from the dead?

Is it any good?

The bulk of this movie is just cruel sadism and violent death, not comedy, and it seems to take forever to get to the uninteresting revelation of the slasher's true identity. The usual clichés of violent attacks and characters wandering in darkened basements aren't made any easier by wobbly, dim, hand-held camerawork -- it's as though the onscreen binge-drunkenness spilled over onto the cinematography crew.

A remake of the obscure 1983 horror film House on Sorority Row, SORORITY ROW stands out mainly for the cynicism involved -- and not just that of filmmakers who are commercially peddling unoriginal gore-horror leftovers and party-hearty school imagery to impressionable young moviegoers. The movie's campus-bound characters are particularly nasty and practically deserve to be slain (the murderer basically says so at the end), and what little entertainment value to be found here lies in the film's satirical touches -- tongue-in-cheek dialogue (especially from Jessica) that emphasizes what awful people these are and actresses willing to take their bitchy sorority personas way over the top.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of horror movies like this. What's the allure of watching young people die in such gory fashion? Many of the victims here are quite despicable -- does that make the material more "entertaining" than "splatter" movies in which relatively innocent people are terrorized?

  • Why do you think movies set in college focus almost exclusively on partying, having sex, being stalked, and plotting revenge? Why is that? Parents, ask your teens what they expect of college.

  • Some of the movie's grim humor concerns the callous attitudes and cruelties of the cliquish Theta Pi girls. Does the movie send an anti-sorority message? Is the Greek system really like this?

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