A sorority with a penchant for cannibalism are in for a time in this indie horror gem featuring two genre icons.
For twenty-five years, Delta Delta Pi’s meat pies have been the rave on campus. However, unbeknownst to the customers, the meat of the pies come from humans. House mother Marilyn Fitch, who co-founded the sorority has been having the members kidnap and kill men to provide the meat for the pies. Campus journalist Tobias knows something is not right with the sorority but doesn’t have enough evidence and when he tries to talk to Dean John Wheeler, he is warned to leave things alone.
As the sorority plans its 25th anniversary, Fitch begins to send its members to find random men and do their thing. When the members come across an old yearbook, they find a picture of Marilyn with co-founder Rhonda Cooper. However, Marilyn doesn’t want Rhonda to show up as the two had a falling out. However, Tobias informs Rhonda of the sorority’s activities. This gives Rhonda a chance to seek revenge and put an end to Marilyn’s cannibalistic activities.
This insane 2003 indie horror film from Devin Hamilton brings to mind films like The Untold Story and Sweeney Todd. However, the kills have their share of gore and blood. Even the opening scene, in which we see a sorority member bite off a victim’s certain appendage (which in turns leads her to spend the rest of the film in punishment) is quite a taste of what we’re going to get in this film.
The late horror icon Julie Strain plays the sorority house mother and co-founder Marilyn Fitch. She comes off as if Mrs. Lovett was a suburban housewife and mother, especially when she explains why a certain part of the male species is forbidden from being part of the meat. Strain is excellent because as the film progresses, she goes from acting all sweet yet devious to being a little more unhinged. The more we see Strain, the more unhinged she slowly becomes.
The other horror icon in the film is Brinke Stevens as co-founder and eventual protagonist Rhonda Cooper. While Stevens doesn’t appear until near the halfway point of the film, she still makes an impact. What’s very interesting is that we learn in flashbacks that it’s Rhonda, played in the past by Out of Print director Julia Marchese, who came up with the idea of cannibalism to cover an accidental death. However, the young Marilyn, played by Katie Adams, has thrived on it and goes the Sweeney Todd route. The way Stevens goes about her revenge is quite interesting and sometimes laughable but it’s still fun and enjoyable for this genre.
Delta Delta Die is a fun horror gem that brings two iconic horror queens together in a battle of wits amidst the Sweeney Todd-like story amongst its sorority. Some nice twists and kill scenes just make this an underrated horror film.
WFG RATING: B
Shadow Entertainment presents a Magic Hat Media Inc./Shadow Films production. Director: Devin Hamilton. Producer: Keith Walley. Writer: Devin Hamilton. Cinematography: Keith J. Duggan. Editing: Randy Carter.
Cast: Julie Strain, Brinke Stevens, Joe Dain, Steve Malis, Karen A. Smith, Tiffany Shepis, Rachel Myers, Lizzy Strain, Jennifer Johnson, Katie Adams, Julia Marchese, Jordan White, Nic Oram.