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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama 2 (2022)

Sometimes the only thing I can do is rock and forth and mutter “Why dear God… why do they do this?” Okay that might be overly dramatic but it is how I felt after watching this so called sequel to Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama (the title suddenly makes sense now, right?). In fact, it is more of a remake or rehashing of that flick, which I genuinely love in all of it’s cheesy glory. More on that later.

There are girls getting ready to pledge a sorority. To do so they must put up with all sorts of hazing, until the den mother Auntie Snake puts and end to it. If you are wondering Auntie Snake is the sister of Linnea Quigley’s character Spider from the original. Why is she the den mother when Spider wasn’t one of the sorority girls from the first movie but instead a thief who coincidentally was breaking in the bowling alley? Who cares because there is a shower scene and once again some dumbass fraternity boys are spying on them. Only being in the now they are using a series of cameras to catch them all naked and what not. But then why are they immediately outside the open window other than to be caught like in the first movie? Who cares because they do and then are forced to go to the bowling alley like in the first movie.

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama 2 eventually makes its way to the bowling alley after thirty minutes of runtime. Did I mention that the movie is only sixty two minutes long? So half the movie is them dicking around at the sorority house doing nothing and going nowhere. Cool… not really! It takes another seven minutes of a bowling/flirting montage before they knock the trophy over and the imp gets loose. Credit where credit is due, I did like the way they brought the imp back. Some stupid shit happens and then the movie is mercifully over.

Before I start my review let me get one thing out of the way. This is the argument that I always have with remakes and make no mistake this is in effect a remake. I mean they ignore the original plot and have a character die that didn’t (Snake wasn’t the only survivor movie…) and somehow tie the Snake characters sister into the sorority without any explanation. Since it is a remake then I fell completely justified comparing this to the original and making judgements based on the two side by side. I also don’t accept the idea that “because the first one was dumb entertainment” that I should automatically accept that this one can be terrible, and I should like it. I’ll explain more about that below.

This movie doesn’t need to exist, and I certainly didn’t need to waste an hour on it. My biggest issue is that it is clear that zero effort was put into making this sequel. I’ll admit that the original isn’t exactly a classic or an example of top notch filmmaking. But the overall attitude and the fact that everyone involved in front of as well as behind the camera is giving it their best effort comes across. The actresses, real scream queens Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer could act as well as take off their clothes. Director David DeCoteau keeps the action moving along and never lets the audience think too much about how silly the proceedings are. I haven’t even mentioned the funny dialogue and wisecracking imp. Finally, the special effects while on a budget are fun.

How does this compare to this one? The actresses were clearly picked for their willingness to disrobe on camera and not for their ability to deliver lines. That might be due to the lack of quality actresses to pull from here in Cleveland Ohio where this one was shot but still isn’t an excuse. Then again, they aren’t given much to work with as this is an abbreviated, again only sixty two minutes long, cliff notes version of the original. The dialogue at it’s best is recycled from the original with any updates coming off as being written by an aspiring high school drama club original. Brinke Stevens is back as director and the ghost of her character from the first, along with Michelle Bauer's character, but that doesn’t save the movie. In fact, her direction is uninspired. The camera never moves resulting in a very static and boring set of visuals. Say what you want about DeCoteau, but he could shoot a movie, even with no budget.

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama 2 is yet another example of Charles Band making a sequel/remake of one of his recognizable properties without putting any effort into it. He used to care about the silly shit Full Moon cranked out and that is why as a fan I cared. Please do me a favor and skip this soulless cash in on our nostalgia and watch the original instead. That movie is a blast and deserves to be in everyone’s collection. This one shouldn’t have been made or at a minimum been made better.


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