Franchise Review: Sorority House Massacre II

Five college women buy the old Hokstedter place for their new sorority house. They decide to stay in it for the night to meet the movers in the morning, but begin to get the creeps when the weird neighbour starts poking around.

No surprise here for the sequel, actually it was a surprise it took so long to make.

The first time I watched this movie I remember being seriously confused, I thought I’d stumbled across a lost “Slumber Party Massacre” sequel. As some of you may know, this film was also released under a different title, “Nighty Nightmare”.

Upon some inspection online I found out that the film is in fact a “Sorority House Massacre” film but footage from “Slumber Party Massacre” was used in the film. This was common practice for low budget films at the time, I’ve always found it confusing.

Once you get past the choppy-happy filmmaking it’s surprisingly an enjoyable film, I was actually quite shocked at how much I actually enjoyed it. The film has a more comedic tone than the first release, whether this was on purpose or not I don’t know but it worked.

This right here is a gratified 80’s cheesefest and there’s nothing wrong with that at all, in fact they embrace it. Sure the acting isn’t exactly Oscar worthy and it seems like it’s been directed by a hormone raged teenager but you know what, it’s just so much fun.

“Sorority House Massacre II” is a typical 80’s Horror sequel but still has lots to offer and keep you entertained.

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Scenes from “The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)” were used for the flashback sequences just to add to the runtime. This was before the title was changed to “Sorority House Massacre II”, which is why footage from the original wasn’t used.

This is a sequel in name only. It was conceived by Jim Wynoraski when he noticed some sets were available in Roger Corman’s studios. He was given permission by Roger’s wife, Julie Corman, to film there while she and her husband were out of town, only under the condition that Roger not find out. It was written, cast and filmed under the title “Jim Wynorski’s House of Babes” in just seven days with no producer supervision. Roger was pleasantly surprised with how well the film turned out. The title was changed to “Nightie Nightmare” before the Cormans decided that it would sell better if it were a sequel to an existing film, hence why the film has nothing to do with the original “Sorority House Massacre”.

Written and shot in seven days.

The end credits verify, “No girls were actually harmed or mistreated during the making of this film”.

Filmed across the street from the house used for The People Under the Stairs (1991).

The interior of the house used the same sets as “Slumber Party Massacre III (1990)”. The exterior is the same house used for “Evil Toons (1992)” and “Teenage Exorcist (1991)”.

Melissa Moore (Jessica), Shannon Wilsey (Satana), and Dana Bentley (Janey) all appeared in The Invisible Maniac (1990).

Clive Hockstatter was named after cinematographer Zoran Hockstatter, and an ex-boyfriend of Robyn Harris’ named Clive.

The attic and basement sets were leftover from Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Forever (1991).

Filmed in seven days using the sets from Slumber Party Massacre III (1990) and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Forever (1991) and originally slated as “JWHOB” (Jim Wynorski’s House of Babes). Approximately one month after production, three additional scenes were written to increase the running time and were filmed on sets erected for The Rain Killer (1990).

Had a limited release in 1992 as ‘Nighty Nightmare’ with an NC-17 rating.

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