I love 80’s horror comedies. Those of you that follow my blog know all to well of my fondness for them, but toss in the 80’s it’s hard for me not to love it. This film has other things going for it, well three things Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama released in 1988 has the distinction of being one of two films that star all three scream queens. It shares that distinction with Nightmare Sisters released a year prior. Shot over twelve days Sorority Babes is not what I would call a visual masterpiece, but I will call it a cult masterpiece more than worthy of continued viewings more than two decades after its release.
The film starts with three nerds Calvin (Andras Jones), Keith (John Stuart Wildman), and Jimmie (Hal Havins) spying on Taffy (Brinke Stevens) and Lisa (Michelle Bauer) on their sexy initiation night into the Tri-Delta by Tri-Delta sisters Babs (Robin Stille), Frankie (Carla Baron) and Rhonda (Kathi O’Brecht). After getting busted by Tri-Delta head Babs the three stooges are forced to help the two pledges steal a trophy from a local bowling alley for the final part of their initiation. After breaking into the bowling alley, the group who are observed by Babs and the other two sisters via security cameras having got in with a key from Babs father, run across Spider (Linnea Quigley) who is robbing the place. They group chooses the largest trophy to steal. Then in short order drop it, releasing an Imp (Voiced by Dukey Flyswatter). The Imp tells them he will grant them all one wish, but Spider and Calvin abstain. The wishes eventually go wrong and the Imp kills and transforms the sorority sisters who have watched the whole time into demons. The sorority she-demons and the Imp go about killing the remaining cast plus the Janitor (George Buck Flower). Soon only Calvin and Spider remain and are forced to confront the Imp and his Sorority She-Demons.
I have a hard time thinking of anything, but praise for this film. It’s just too outlandish and entertaining to have anything but a good time watching it. All of the acting is perfectly hammy and the final product fits together so well. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is everything I look for in a B-Movie.
The only gripe I can dig up is the puppet used for the Imp is comically silly. It’s not in the least bit frightening, but that’s hardly a gripe at all as it never detracts as the premise of the film is so outlandish to begin with, its near impossible to not just roll with it by the point he shows up.
Final thoughts, I loved it. I loved it to the point where I have serious plans to force it upon my friends. That said, I will admit that this is not a film for everyone. If you have an issue with the 80’s, cheesy acting or silly premises I’d say stay away. Also if you like your horror film full of scares and nail-biting terror be warned that you won’t be getting that here. But if you enjoy so bad they become wonderful movies, 80’s cliche or scream queens this film is a must see. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama gets a high rating, but isn’t perfection as it runs a little short in my opinion, 9/10.