Sunday, 20 March 2016

Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)

If you could have any wish come true, what would it be? Have Sorority House Initiations gotten out of hand? Where is the best place to keep a jive talking imp trapped for all eternity? All these questions and more are explored in Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama.

The story starts off in Animal House territory, with three nerds ogling female students before getting roped into helping with their sorority task of stealing a bowling trophy from a shopping mall. It then takes a turn towards The Monkey’s Paw, with the discovery of an Imp that had been trapped inside the trophy, an Imp that can grant people one wish. The wishes go horribly wrong, of course, and the gang find themselves trapped in the mall, at the mercy of the Imp (with one of them turned into a lookalike of Elsa Lanchester as The Bride of Frankenstein).

The obvious criticisms of this film are kind of pointless. It looks like it was shot for next to no money, in a few days, with a half-baked script and a shitty puppet character, because it was, and the arch, knowing tone of the film acknowledges this, and revels in it.

If you can cope with this, and/or you are a fan of any of the holy trinity of scream queens in the cast (Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer) then it is definitely worth a watch. Quigley especially shines, her spunky heroism making the men look stupid and going some way to correcting the leering sexism of the shower scenes.

The soundtrack I found also particularly memorable, veering between nauseating schmaltz, generic 80s chase music, and what sounded like outtakes from late 80s era Skinny Puppy.

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988) Grindhouse Collection from Full Moon Screeners on Vimeo.