Confessions of Sorority Girls

Confessions of Sorority Girls

Director: Uli Edel

Cast: Jamie Luner, Alyssa Milano, Brian Bloom

     
 
This was one of a series of cable television remakes of B-pictures produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson at American International Pictures in the late '50s. As directed by Roger Corman in 1957, Sorority Girl (also known as Confessions of Sorority Girls) was a character study of a sadistic young woman who preys on those around her in a

Overview

This was one of a series of cable television remakes of B-pictures produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson at American International Pictures in the late '50s. As directed by Roger Corman in 1957, Sorority Girl (also known as Confessions of Sorority Girls) was a character study of a sadistic young woman who preys on those around her in a quest for control. Made on a shoestring budget, it benefitted mostly from a strong performance by Susan Cabot in the lead. Confessions of Sorority Girls is a strange hybrid of a movie. It attempts to recreate a late '50s to early '60s setting, in a manner vaguely similar to National Lampoon's Animal house; in keeping with that effort, the score has lots of period songs, most notably "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday," which appears in both a Fats Domino rendition and a more recent recording by Sheryl Crow. The performances all have an over the top quality that makes the first 30 to 40 minutes of the movie a great deal of fun, but can't quite sustain 78 minutes of plot; overall the Corman original is more entertaining for its length, but this movie is fun to look at once. The disc looks great. The director and cinematographer aimed to make this remake look as good as Corman's original looked drab. Jamie Luner and Alyssa Milano look stunning throughout, which seems to be the main point of the casting in this campy drama, pairing the two TV stars opposite each other. Lots of late-'50s and early-'60s rock & roll songs litter the score, including "For Your Love" by Ed Townsend and "Since I First Met You" by the Robins, and they sound very good. The 20 chapters are more than adequate to break the movie's highlights down. The disc includes no trailer, but does offer promotional clips for other films in the Dimension library, on a very simple menu that pops up automatically on start-up.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Roger Corman's original 1957 movie Sorority Girl was a surprisingly complex character study, masquerading as a teen-exploitation film. Uli Edel's 1993 remake plays it more for laughs for most of its length, manipulating the audience at various points (twice -- when the villain Sabrina seems as though she's ready to run over a dog and then a family), but generally shooting for a humorous, smirky tone to the action. The color is gorgeous, and it's interesting to see Jamie Luner's physique exploited fully while Alyssa Milano drabs herself down in an effort to focus on her acting rather than her form. It's all good fun, though the raunchiness of the R-rated material (relevant to just one or two scenes) may be off-putting to some. The presence of a lot of period music, coupled with the requisite scenes of fraternity/sorority life (including the obligatory toga party), will recall National Lampoon's Animal House without the overt zaniness, while the knowing, slightly campy portrayals recall Roger Corman's mid-'70s productions such as Eat My Dust and Death Race 2000.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
UPC:
0786936144529
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Dimension
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:22:00

Special Features

2.0 Stereo ; Aspect ratio 1.33:1

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Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening/Welcome Sabrina [:13]
2. Shy Girl [6:36]
3. Trusted Daughter [:53]
4. Bad French [3:46]
5. Surprise Visit [3:03]
6. Taken Care Of [1:54]
7. Sabrina For President [2:38]
8. Any Means Necessary [4:42]
9. Blackmail [5:40]
10. No Tea Party [1:50]
11. Plan Backfires [5:35]
12. Tijuana [:51]
13. Not That Kind Of Girl [1:50]
14. Come Clean [1:52]
15. Girl Cries Wolf [2:38]
16. Mort Is To Blame [2:07]
17. Consider It A Loan [4:42]
18. Truth Be Told [1:09]
19. Jimmy To The Rescue [1:02]
20. End Credits [3:06]

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