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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sorority Babes in the Slimball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)




I remember the first time that I rented this tape… Wowzers! I had never seen so much female nudity on display in my very young life. Plus, it wasn’t just random girls but two of the biggest scream queens of the eighties disrobing on screen, Michelle Bauer and Brinke Stevens. I know that Linnea Quigley is in it too, but she keeps her clothes on. She has a great part though. But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

The plot. Well Sorority Babes does kind of have a plot. There are girls in a sorority that force their pledges to steal a bowling trophy as their initiation. That is after an extended spanking scene where some horny and nerdy college boys get caught peeping. The two girls and the three guys head off to the mall where the bowling alley is to get the trophy. There they meet Spider, Quigley’s character, who has broken in to rob the joint. Babs, the head sorority girl, has the keys since it is her Daddy’s place, so she and her two sorority sisters sneak in to mess with them. To recap we six girls and three guys. Oh, and a janitor who has the best lines in the movie! Six girls, three guys, a janitor, and the demonic Imp that was trapped in the bowling trophy.

Yep there was an Imp in the trophy who escapes and start granting wishes. All of which turn out horrible, especially after he decides to start turning people into demonic killing machines. As our cast gets picked off in silly ways, we find out in a ton of exposition delivered by the janitor, a genius performance from Buck Flowers, that the only way to stop the Imp is to trap it back in an enclosed space. If you trap it the little bastard he loses his power.

This is a no budget gem from the eighties direct to home video era. Director David DeCoteau does a great job making an entertaining movie that honestly doesn’t make a lick of sense. The plot is a mess and feels rushed. Probably because it was, the movie was shot in less than two weeks and on a shoestring budget. The cast is doing their best with dialogue that seems half finished and a plot with giant holes in it. But by God the damn movie is entertaining!

The Cast
We get three of the biggest scream queens in Bauer, Quigley, and Stevens showing off why they are so popular. Get your mind out of the gutter I’m talking about their charisma. Seriously these ladies weren’t just pretty, but also could act. They genuinely seem to be having fun and that translates to their performances. The material might be silly, but they are enjoying themselves and as a viewer so am I.

The special effects are okay. The Imp puppet is a highlight for me. He doesn’t look great but has some funny one-liners and is voiced in such an absurd way that no matter how many times I watch Sorority Babes I still giggle when I hear him talk. The kills are tame but there are some funny gags. While we don’t see it on screen Taffy, Steven’s character, gets pulled in half… There is also death by bowling ball, and a guy gets pan fried. Babs burns up. Again, not particularly bloody but for the budget I wasn’t expecting much.

This is pure eighties cheese and should be enjoyed as such. If you are looking for a serious horror movie that will shock and disturb you this isn’t it. Then again why the hell would you watch a movie titled Sorority Babes at the Slimball Bowl-O-Rama with those expectations? I love this one and highly recommend it.


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