• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

TITLE: Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

YEAR: 1988

GENRE: Horror and Comedy

When one makes a movie that is not up to high standards it becomes a problem as to how to market the steaming pile of crap the director just created. One way is to create an outlandishly cool one sheet poster that in many ways is actually better than the movie itself, and other ways is to create fun taglines for the film or come up with some type of marketing gimmick. A third way which was often used in the 1980’s was to create a title for the before mentioned project that is so ridiculous in nature that it will pique the interest of potential viewers and will hence sell tickets. One example of this marketing strategy of a piece of junk film is Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, a dumb horror comedy that never raises itself above its title.

Taffy (played by Brinke Stevens) and Lisa (Michelle Bauer) are sorority pledges who have been naughty and are paddled by sorority leader Babs (Robin Stille). A few nerds are caught spying on the hazing and are forced to go with Taffy and Lisa on a more traditional initiation event: the scavenger hunt. In order to bring back a bowling trophy, the sorority girls break into an actual alley to steal a prize from the trophy shop. They discover a punk biker chick named Spider (Linnea Quigley) who ends up helping the college girls in the fine art of breaking and entering. While swiping the trophy, the girls inadvertently break one which happens to be housing an evil imp. The imp decides to have fun with the college girls and begins to turn them into zombies. Will the college students survive the night in the alleys of the damned?

Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is not scary, funny, nor entertaining in a variety of ways. The main aspect is the continual plot changes that forces former Penthouse Playmate and porn star Bauer to get nude as much as possible, and the rest of the women are exploited as well. This may have not been true during the 1980’s, but in today’s politically correct society the imp comes across as a black stereotype and a fair amount of modern viewers will consider the little guy to be a bit racist. Most of the story is all-out stupid and the writing is lousy. In addition, the budget of $80,000 leaves little room for quality editing, camera work, or make-up effects and all these technical aspects of the film are plain terrible. The lighting is quite dark throughout the film with the exception of the nude scenes, which of course are well lit and look acceptable.

Director David DeCoteau has made over 80 exploitation films over the past twenty-plus years, and Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is one of the most famous. It is actually amazing how much traction DeCoteau has received from Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama simplY on the catchy and creative title. Unfortunately the title is the best part of the film, and Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is mostly for those die-hard fans of drive-in cinema that have to see everything. Palates that need even the slightest better taste should dodge this film like the imp in the bowling trophy.

* 1/2

–Mark

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