Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Phil's B-Movie Madness: Phil watches SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA-December 5, 2011

Yes, the title for tonight's movie is more than a mouthful. And yes, let me assure you that this is a real movie, and it's also one of my favorites. During the mid-80s, there was a bevy of B-movies to be found at my local Mom & Pop video store, which starred the hottest and most popular Scream Queens during this time. However, I originally saw this on the late night cable show USA UP ALL NIGHT, and I immediately fell in love with the film. So for tonight, I decided to stroll down Memory Lane to my teenage years to once again bare witness to the horror cult classic that is SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA!

Theatrical Movie Poster (1988)
Three frat boys Calvin (Andras Jones), Jimmie (Hal Havins), and Keith (John Stuart Wildman) sneak into the Tri-Delta sorority to witness the initiation of two new pledges Taffy (Brinke Stevens) and Lisa (Michelle Bauer). However the boys are busted by sorority sisters Rhonda (Kathi O'Brecht), Frankie (Carla Baron), and den mother Babs Peterson (Robin Stille billed as Robin Rochelle). As punishment, Babs sends the new pledges and the unwanted frat boys to the local bowling lane to steal a trophy. There the group meets Spider (Linnea Quigley) who is robbing the bowling alley. However an accident causes the trophy to break open, releasing an evil imp who then begins wreaking havoc by granting wishes that have dire consequences.

The film was directed by David DeCoteau, who was one of the Top Three B-movie directors during the 80s (the other two being Rick Sloane and Fred Olen Ray). DeCoteau has directed several low-budget classics from the 80s, such as CREEPOZOIDS, NIGHTMARE SISTERS, DR. ALIEN. DeCoteau would also go on to direct films for Charles Band's company Full Moon Entertainment: PUPPET MASTER III (1991), BEACH BABES FROM BEYOND (1993), THE KILLER EYE (1999), and newest installment of Full Moon's flagship title,  2010's PUPPET MASTER: AXIS OF EVIL. All together, DeCoteau has directed over 80 films in his career!

Another interesting and noteworthy fact is that this was the first film that had all three of the legendary Scream Queens together at once. Quigley, Stevens, and Bauer were at that time the biggest names in the B-movie universe. They appeared in countless films during the 1980s, however it was DeCoteau who was able to bring these ladies together in one film. He would do this again with NIGHTMARE SISTERS that same year, and almost 25 years later, DeCoteau would reunite them again in his upcoming film COUGAR CULT! This film had a limited theatrical release on January 29, 1988, courtesy of Band's Urban Classics label. It was later released on VHS and was in the 1990s a staple on the USA cable's late night movie show UP ALL NIGHT.

SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA is one of best B-movies to come out of the 1980s! While the film seems tame compare to today's standards, but what makes it so much fun was there's a touch of innocence to it. These films were just innocent fun and unfortunately they don't make 'em like this anymore. So if you're looking for a midnight movie to watch, give this film a whirl and have fun! Just let any imps out of bowling trophies!

SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA is currently available on DVD. You can purchase a copy at your local retailer or visit the Amazon website at

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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