Thursday, August 4, 2016

SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA (1987) (Blu-ray Review)

SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA (1987) 

Label: Full Moon Features

Region Code: Region-FREE
Rating: R
Duration: 80 Minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1)
Director: David DeCoteau
Cast:  Andras Jones, Linnea Quigley, Robin Stille, Hal Havins, John Stuart Wildman, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, Kathi O’Brecht, Carla Baron, George ‘Buck’ Flower, Michael Sonye

80s college dorks Calvin (Andras Jones, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4), Jimmie (Hal Havins, Night of the Demons) and Keith (John Stuart Wildman, Terror Night) are your typical 80s dweebs, they love drinking beer and watching horror movies in their dorm room, but when one of them hears that the Tri-Delta sorority house is holding a pledge initiation ceremony they drop everthing and head on over to the sorority house in hopes of glimpsing some sweet co-ed nudity. Peering through the windows like creepers they spy sorority sisters Babs (the late Robin Rochelle, The Slumber Party Massacre), Rhonda (Kathi O’Brecht, Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout) and Frankie (Carla Baron,Necromancer) initiating a pair of new pledges, namely Lisa (Brinke Stevens, Slumber Party Massacre) and Taffy (Michelle Bauer, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers), whom are taking a paddle on the behind and being sprayed with whipped cream, the stuff teenage dreams are made of. Afterward the pledges are sent to the showers to clean-up and the three goofs sneak into the house and make their way to the bathroom where they grab an eyeful of sweet 80s scream queen boobies. The dorks are caught in the act by super-bitch Babs who coerces them into helping the pledges break into a local bowling alley where they're meant to steal a bowling trophy. 

What the dorks and pledges do not know is that Babs' dad own the bowling alley and that she will be watching them from the closed circuit security cameras, watching and waiting in hopes of scaring the group off before they can get the trophy so she can subject the pledges to more paddle-punishment.  Arriving at the bowling alley the pledges and dorks bicker amongst themselves for a bit before coming upon a lady burglar named Spider prying open a cash register for some quick cash. Spider is played by scream queen Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead) in one of her best roles from the 80s, the only downside might be that she does not appear nude, but this movie has that covered already. The reluctant Spider helps the group break into the trophy room to acquire the coveted trophy, which they drop, unleashing a demonic-imp named Uncle Impie whom had been imprisoned inside it for the past thirty years. Seemingly thankful for being released Impie says he will grant each of them a wish for freeing him from his bowling trophy-prison. 


In true monkey's paw fashion the wishes granted turn out to be curses for the group and they either transform into demonic minions or begin dying off in a myriad of creative ways. The sorority sisters are not immune from the demonic imp, Frankie is transformed into the Bride of Frankenstein while Rhonda is turned into a sex-crazed fiend. This one is a lot of 80s fun, there is a nice role reversal of sorts as the women are the dominant force against the demonic Imp. B-movie legend Buck Flowers (They Live) shows up as a janitor who tells the teens the story of the evil imp, a demon summoned by bowler who suddenly turned pro and cleaned-up thanks to the black magic of the imp. His ascent to the top of the bowling game left a trail of dead bodies for which he is arrested some thirty years earlier, afterward the imp was imprisoned in the trophy. The well-informed janitor informs them how they can capture the demonic menace again, which turns out to be rather simple, the ending of the movie comes abruptly with a quick bit of silliness that might be the worst art of the movie.. 


I think the arguably lasting charm of  Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama has everything to do with 80s nostalgia and fans fondness for 80s scream queens Brink Stevens, Michelle Bauer and Linnea Quigley. Watching it now the movie did not exactly age like a fine wine, though it is certainly a fun and entertaining slice of 80s horror. The demonic character of Uncle Impie is also a lot of fun, voiced by Dukey Flyswatter of band Haunted Garage, the pint-sized demon delivers quite a few cheesy one-liners, the kind you could only get  away with in the 80s. 
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is a nice piece of 80s cheese stuffed with 80s scream queens and some sweet nudity, the kills are fun but not executed with any real gusto, but as a fun 80s slice of horror cheese this is just a fun watch. 


Audio/Video: Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama arrives on Blu-ray from Full Moon Features with a new 2K scan of the original 35mm camera negative. Colors are decently vibrant with some modest depth, the HD widescreen presentation is quite an improvement over previous fullframe versions of the movie from Full Moon which were derived from 1" video masters. Now framed in the proper widescreen aspect ratio the movie looks solid, benefiting from a nice crisp image with some good clarity. As per their usual Full Moon have chosen to go with lossy audio track with choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1, which does the job just fine but the time has come to go with some DTS-HD MA audio guys, c'mon.


Extras on the disc fairly extensive for a Full Moon disc beginning with an audio commentary from Director David DeCoteau, Actress Brinke Stevens and writer Sergei Hasenecz which is stuffed with info about the production, the death of actress Robin Stille who played bitch queen Babs, and loads of other goodies, DeCoteau usually gives a solid commentary for his movies and this is no different. 


There's an over two hour making of doc featuring vintage behind-the-scenes footage and new footage of DeCoteau speaking about making the movie, another good watch for fans of the movie. The making of doc also features an optional commentary track from director David DeCoteau.


There's a brief 2000 interview with star Brinke Stevens who speaks about the original title of the movie, The Imp, displaying the original artwork for the movie and briefly speaking about her career as a scream queen. We also get some footage of Dukey Flyswatter doing the voice for the Imp, plus a couple of trailers for the movie and a Full Moon trailer reel. 


Special Features: 

- Director Intro (2 Mins) 
- Audio Commentary by Director David DeCoteau, Actress Brinke Stevens and writer Sergei Hasenecz
- Tales From the Bowling Alley, Feature Length Making Of Documentary featuring extensive behind the scenes footage and optional commentary by David DeCoteau (136 Mins) 
- Brinke Stevens vs The Imp Featurette (3 Mins) 
- New 2016 HD Trailer (1 Mins) HD 
- Theatrical Trailer (1 Mins) 
- Full Moon Trailer Reel

Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is a trashy slice of 80s Full Moon fun starring three of the era's most loved scream queens. Sire, the damn thing is goofy and the special effects are a bit cheesy but the 80s horror-nostalgia is strong with this one and i loved watching it again. The new 2K scan of the movie looks great and the extras are top notch, this comes with a high recommend for Full Moon fans and lovers of 80s scream queens and cheesy b-movie cinema. 


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