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Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1987) - Blu-ray Review

4 beersWhen was the last time you bowled with a severed head?  Fought off possessed humans with bowling pins?  Freed an imp from a bowling trophy?  If you never have, then Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is the gutterball-minded flick for you.

It’s been 30 long years since Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama made its appearance on 42nd Street.  Directed by David DeCoteau, this cheesy horror film is a load more fun than it has any right to be.  And it absolutely works its low budget charm with each new beer downed … so go ahead and get that 6-pack ready.  You are going to need it, bud.

DeCoteau’s film is a wild and loose adaptation of the Monkey’s Paw and it begins on the night of the Tri-Delta sorority group’s butt spanking initiation.  Yes, you read that correctly; there are new asses to be spanked on the night this film opens.  And three horny young men – Andras Jones as Calvin, John Stuart Wildman as Keith, and Hal Havins as Jimmie – decide to go right ahead and crash in on the festivities.  Not satisfied with merely peeking in through the window, the boys actually break into the house and watch as the new recruits are spanked and hosed down with whip cream before they shower and clean themselves. 

And then – because they simply cannot contain their excitement – they are caught red-handed peering in on the two newbies while they shower.  BUSTED.  In order to make amends for their nude spying, they are sent on a mission by the sisters to steal a bowling trophy from a nearby mall.  The banter between the new recruits and the Peeping Toms is hilarious and quick as they make their way toward the bowling alley, trying to figure out how to pull off what they are supposed to do.

And then they meet Spider (Scream Queen Linea Quigley), whose wild ways gives them the push they need to actually break into the bowling alley.  Little do they know that their covert task will unleash an ancient imp (voiced by Dukey Flyswatter) who grants them three wishes for releasing him from his shiny prison.  Except their wishes don’t turn out as they had planned and pan out rather wickedly. 

Co-starring Robin Rochelle (The Slumber Party Massacre) as Babs, Brinke Stevens (Nightmare Sisters) as Taffy, and George "Buck" Flower (Drive-In Massacre and everything in between) as the Janitor, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is an awesome blast of the b-movie past.  It’s full of sex and nudity – all of which have nothing to do with the plot of the movie – and has really, really bad acting from most of its cast. 

All of which makes this release from Full Moon Features – recently scanned from the original camera negatives for this its blu-ray debut – a must own for fans of cheesy horror-comedies.  It’s wicked and full of as much ass as it is attitude.  It swings for the fences with its wild premise and delivers a whacked-out horror gem, highlighted by a magical trophy that gets upended on the arcade floor of the bowling alley.

Proving that there is more than one way to get a strike, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is certifiable cult classic of the underground.


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Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1987) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: R.
80 mins
: David DeCoteau
Sergei Hasenecz
Andras Jones, Linnea Quigley, Robin Stille
: Horror
In a bowling alley from hell...there's only one way to score!
Memorable Movie Quote: "It's too bad we had to kill her. I really liked the outfit she had on."
Theatrical Distributor:
Urban Classics
Official Site:
Release Date:
January 29, 1988
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
July 11, 2016
Synopsis:There are no freshmen in the college of love, and they're about to graduate to madcap mayhem when a sorority prank goes crazy. Out to steal a trophy from a local bowling alley, the kids accidentally unleash the imp -- a sadistic little spirit with a diabolical sense of humor. He creates demons and loves sexy women. He's the original party animal, inviting you to come along and die laughing -- just like everybody else.

The Sorority Babes won't live through initiation, but don't blame that cute little killer. He's evil by nature and funny as hell. And even if you can take a joke, it kills you.


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Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1987) - Blu-ray Review


Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Full Moon Features
Available on Blu-ray
- July 11, 2016
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
: None
English: Dolby Digital 5.1; English: Dolby Digital 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Full Moon Features presents Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama with a fully restored transfer culled from the original 35mm camera negative.  It’s crisp an, while shot on a limited budget, absolutely nails it in this its debut HD performance.  Presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and paired with a solid English LPCM 2.0 audio track, this blu-ray does not disappoint as Uncle Impie takes over the bowling alley.  Colors are good.  There are some distracting moments, but the film has strong colors.  Black levels are bold but the edges are often blurred.  Overall, a good 2k presentation from Full Moon Features.



  • We get a NEW audio commentary with director David DeCoteau, writer Sergei Hasenecz and Scream Queen Brinke Stevens.  Dive in!

Special Features:

Restored from the original 35mm camera negative, the film looks and feels brand spanking new. Complete with some exclusive extra features, including the oldest Behind-The-Scenes feature Full Moon has ever presented in the 2.5 hour making of featurette, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is yours for the taking!

  • Director’s Introduction (2 min)
  • Brinke vs The Imp (3 min)
  • Tales from the Bowling Alley (137 min)
  • Trailer


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Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1987) - Blu-ray Review