Sorority Row

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Sorority Row
Sorority Row.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stewart Hendler
Produced by Darrin Holender
Mike Karz
Written by Josh Stolberg
Pete Goldfinger
Starring Briana Evigan
Leah Pipes
Rumer Willis
Jamie Chung
Margo Harshman
Audrina Patridge
Music by Lucian Piane
Cinematography Ken Seng
Edited by Elliot Greenberg
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release dates
  • September 11, 2009 (2009-09-11)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12.5 million[1]
Box office $27,206,120

Sorority Row is a 2009 American slasher film directed by Stewart Hendler and starring Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, and Carrie Fisher. Based on the script for the 1983 horror film The House on Sorority Row by Mark Rosman and Bobby Fine, the film is a re-imagining that focuses on a group of sorority sisters who are stalked and murdered on the night of their graduation after covering up the death of a fellow sorority sister.


Theta Pi sorority sister Megan (Audrina Patridge) discovers that her boyfriend Garrett (Matt O'Leary) is cheating on her, and enlists the help of her friends and sorority sisters Cassidy (Briana Evigan), Jessica (Leah Pipes), Ellie (Rumer Willis), Claire (Jamie Chung), and Garrett's sister Chugs (Margo Harshman) to pull a prank on him. After Megan fakes her own death while having sex with him, Garrett and the girls bring her to a lake, where they intend to dump her body. When Jessica mentions they need to release the air out of her lungs so her body will not float to the surface, Garrett actually kills Megan by stabbing her in the chest with a tire iron. Jessica, Claire, and Chugs dump Megan's body and the tire iron in a nearby mine shaft. Everyone swears to never mention the incident to anyone, much to Cassidy and Ellie's dismay.

A year later, the girls are graduating from Rosman University and have put the incident behind them, but Cassidy has grown apart from the rest of the group. During the party held after graduation, the girls all receive a photo of a robed person holding the bloody tire iron sent to their cell phones. Suspicion immediately falls on Garrett, but Chugs insists he's changed after Megan's murder. Maggie (Caroline D'Amore), Megan's little sister, arrives, wanting to honor her sister's memory by attending the party, but Jessica does not allow this. Later, Chugs leaves to go to an appointment to visit her therapist. However, upon arriving for her appointment, an unknown figure also arrives and kills the therapist by throwing a spiked tire iron through his head. Not knowing that her therapist was murdered, Chugs lies down on a couch and drinks champagne. The killer suddenly appears and shoves the champagne bottle down her throat and slices her neck with the tire iron, killing her.

Later that day, in the sorority's shower room, Claire and Jessica talk about the night Megan was murdered. After they leave, a sorority girl named Joanna, who overheard their conversation, is murdered by the killer with the tire iron, who stabs her in the chin. At the party that night, Claire dumps her perverted boyfriend Mickey, and he continues hitting on a few girls at the party, including Ellie, but is continuously rebuffed. He is then attacked and murdered by the killer, who stabs him in the throat with the tire iron while he attempts to hide in the laundry chute, which Ellie witnesses while hiding. Cassidy, Claire, Jessica, and Ellie regroup and all receive a text containing the video of Megan's death and a message telling them to go to the mine shaft in twenty minutes or the video will be sent to the police. The girls drive to the mine shaft, and encounter Garrett, who has cut his wrists. Thinking Garrett is the one stalking them, Jessica runs over him with her vehicle. However, they discover afterward that Garrett has been receiving the same text messages they have. Ellie suspects that Megan is the killer, believing that she did not actually die and is seeking revenge.

To prove that Megan is dead, the girls lower Cassidy down the shaft to look, but instead of finding Megan's body, she finds a message written in blood that says "Theta Pi must die". Back at the now empty sorority house, the girls receive a text from Chugs' cell phone, telling them that she is dead. Afterward, Claire is murdered with a flare gun, which severely burns her face. Searching the house for Jessica's boyfriend, Kyle (Matt Lanter), the girls run into Maggie and their house mother, Mrs. Crenshaw (Carrie Fisher). After finding out about Megan's murder, Mrs. Crenshaw tells the girls to lock themselves in Jessica's bedroom and to call the police while she searches for the killer. Maggie is horrified when she learns what happened to Megan and leaves the room to find her.

After a chase in the kitchen, Mrs. Crenshaw is killed by the tire iron stuck in the wall when the killer pushes the table towards her. With no cell phones around, Cassidy and Jessica decide to find Mickey's body and use his cell, telling Ellie to run if she gets the chance. Downstairs, the killer confronts Maggie and throws a Molotov cocktail at her, setting the house on fire. Cassidy and Jessica run into Kyle, who injures Jessica after getting into a fight with her. Cassidy and Jessica flee to an under-renovation bathroom where they find Megan's decomposing corpse hanging in a closet. Kyle attacks them and knocks out Jessica, but before he can harm Cassidy, Kyle is killed with an axe by Andy (Julian Morris), Cassidy's boyfriend, who reveals himself to be the killer.

As Jessica regains consciousness and tries to negotiate with Andy, he fatally stabs her in the mouth with the tire iron. Andy reveals that he had hoped for a bright future with Cassidy, but because she was involved with Megan's murder, he feared that she would be found out, so he decided to kill everyone who knew of it. Despite Cassidy's opposition, Andy tells her that they need to kill Ellie, the only other person who knows about Megan's murder. Andy reveals that she was the one who confided in him about Megan's murder, thus, she will likely report it the police. Devising a plan, Cassidy plays along and tells Andy that Ellie is in the basement and he goes looking for her. Just as Cassidy fetches Ellie from upstairs, they're attacked by Andy, who is hurt that Cassidy would betray him.

Urging Ellie to flee, Cassidy hits Andy with a lamp and tries to escape, but stops as she hears Maggie's cries for help, who is trapped behind the flames. Cassidy tries to rescue her, but Andy comes and tries to kill Maggie, though Cassidy stops him. The floor then crumbles underneath Cassidy, and she is left hanging over the burning basement. As Andy is about to finish her off, Ellie appears and shoots him with Mrs. Crenshaw's shotgun. He falls backward onto the burning floor, which collapses under him and he falls to his death into the flames. After Maggie and Ellie pull Cassidy back up from the hole in the floor, the three girls escape from the burning sorority house just as the fire department and other emergency personnel arrive.

Months later, the Theta Pi building is being renovated from the fire and Maggie is now a Theta Pi sister. As the girls sing the Theta Pi song, a man comes into view, holding a garden trowel. The camera pans up to his wrist, revealing scars, implying that Garrett is still alive.



Sorority Row entered pre-production in January 2008. Principal photography began on October 16, 2008 in the Pittsburgh area. Although set in Anytown, USA, producers of the film wanted to take advantage of Pennsylvania state tax credits (much like the 2009 remake of My Bloody Valentine) and the strength of local film crews. The film was mostly shot at night in Munhall, one block from the Carnegie Library of Homestead, where about 10 houses were dressed to resemble a sorority row. The graduation scene for the film's school Rosman University, a fictional east coast school (named after the writer/director of The House on Sorority Row) was shot outside of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. Interiors of the Theta Pi sorority were filmed on sets built in a warehouse near Crafton, Pennsylvania.[2] Filming ended on March 26, 2009. The film was officially completed on May 2, 2009.[3]


Sorority Row (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released August 31, 2009
Genre Soundtrack
Length 51:01
Label E1 Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]

The film's soundtrack was released by E1 Music on August 31, 2009, and featured music by musical artists such as Shwayze, Ladytron, Lykke Li, Aimee Allen, and Camera Obscura, among others. The album received 2.5 out of 5 stars from Allmusic, stating: "Of the 15 tracks, only a few are even remotely memorable (Ladytron's "Ghosts," Camera Obscura's "Tears for Affairs," and Dragonette's "booty" anthem "I Get Around" come to mind), but there's hardly a dull moment."[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tear Me Up" — Stefy Rae
  2. "Get U Home" (Paul Oakenfold Remix) — Shwayze
  3. "Ghosts" — Ladytron
  4. "I Get Around" — Dragonette
  5. "42 West Avenue" — Cashier No 9
  6. "Get Up" — A.D.
  7. "Alcoholic" — Cash Crop
  8. "Break It Down" — Alana D
  9. "I Like Dem Girls" — Sizzle C
  10. "This Night" — Ron Underwood
  11. "Say What You Want" — The DeeKompressors
  12. "Tears for Affairs" — Camera Obscura
  13. "Doin' My Thing" — King Juju
  14. "I'm Good, I'm Gone" (Black Kids Remix) — Lykke Li
  15. "Emergency" — Aimee Allen


Critical reception[edit]

Reviews for Sorority Row were generally negative, although the performances of Briana Evigan and Leah Pipes were praised. Review website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 22% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based upon a sample of 68.[6] Many reviewers compared it to I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $5,059,802 during its opening weekend, placing sixth in the process.[7] It then fell more than 50% during its second weekend of release, while finishing with $8,965,282 in total. Internationally its performance was mixed compared to its domestic run. It did manage fourth place in its debut in the UK,[8] while it missed the top ten in both Australia and Mexico.[9]


A teaser trailer premiered at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International along with the main cast discussing the film's premise and how it felt working with the crew. Sorority Row was released on September 9, 2009 in the UK and September 11, 2009 in the USA.[10] The DVD and Blu-ray Disc were released on the 11th January 2010 in the UK[11] and the 23 February 2010 in the US.[12]


Year Ceremony Category Recipients Result
2009 2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Actress Horror / Thriller Audrina Patridge Nominated
Rumer Willis Nominated


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