Blu-ray Movie Review – Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)

Sorority Babes in the Silmeball Bowl-O-Rama
Directed by David DeCoteau
Courtesy of Full Moon Features
Original Year of Release: 1988
Blu-ray Release Date: July 1, 2016

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Director David DeCoteau is responsible for several of my favorite movies from the 80s and 90s. But even so, SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA is a film that managed to elude me for some reason. That is, until now. Full Moon recently released this gem on Blu-ray, and I gotta tell you: I wish I had seen it sooner. This schlocky demon flick is pure fun, and I loved every minute of it.

If you are not familiar with SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Full Moon Features:

In a bowling alley from hell…there’s only one way to score!

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.

The title alone should be enough to entice you, but if you need a better reason to see this film, I can give you one: Linnea Quigley. She portrays a bad-ass thief who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her performance is great and she definitely earns her title as a Scream Queen in this one.

SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA is shot fairly well and looks pretty good onscreen. I never saw the VHS or DVD versions, so I don’t have anything to compare it to…but the HD restoration seems pretty tight. There are still several grainy scenes, particularly in the darker shots, but again, I don’t know how bad the source material was.

The acting is decent, with the aforementioned Quigley headlining the show. Nobody else really stands out to me, but I don’t usually watch films like this for the acting talent.

The special effects in SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA are actually impressive for a film of this age (and budget). I like The Imp and how he moves. It’s pretty obvious he’s a puppet, but it’s still impressive to see onscreen.

SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA is a major win for me, and fans of 80s horror (and/or Full Moon flicks) will definitely want to snatch this up. In addition to the HD restoration, the Blu-ray boasts a couple of slick Special Features including “Tales from the Bowling Alley”—a never-before-seen Behind the Scenes Featurette. This is available now, so give it a look.

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