It’s time to go back to the Slimebowl Bowl-O-Rama in this legacy sequel from horror icon turned filmmaker Brinke Stevens.
It has been 35 years since the Pi Epsilon Delta sorority faced off against a demonic imp during a break-in at the local bowling alley. Due to the events, the rush for this particular sorority has dropped to an all-time low. Sarah and Tiffany are this year’s leaders with Auntie Snake as their house mother. Snake’s sister Spider saved the sorority 35 years ago making the ultimate sacrifice. This year’s pledges include Ginger, Devon, and the enigmatic Bitsy.
When local pranksters Turkey, Dinger, and Bart spy on the girls and are busted, they are given a chance to redeem themselves with Ginger, Devon, and Bitsy having a chance to make it to the sorority. Sarah comes up with the idea of going to the bowling alley where it all started. The group is reluctant at first, but ultimately come up with the plan. However, an altercation between Bitsy and Ginger leads to the breaking of a particular trophy and a certain little monster has returned and ready to wreak havoc once again.
The 1987 cult classic Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama was the stuff that even Troma would be proud of. It had it all. Over the top chaos, a puppet monster, and the typical ditzy girls along with the tough girl who must stand against the monster invading the bowling alley. Let’s face it. The title alone would make a fan of either comedy or horror, or both, want to see this. Who would have ever thought there would be a sequel? Well, it has happened and it comes courtesy of Full Moon and director Brinke Stevens, who was in the original film and returns as the now ghostly form of her character alongside fellow original film co-star Michelle Bauer.
If you’ve seen the original film, you can expect the same here. Ditzy pledges? Check. Tough as nails protagonist? In this case, Glory Rodriguez’s Bitsy, check. Dorks attempting to spy on the girls? Check. Monster puppet imp? Check. However, there is an excellent addition to the cast and that comes in the form of genre favorite Kelli Maroney as Auntie Snake, the sister of Linnea Quigley’s character of Spider in the original film. There’s even brief footage of the original for those who decided to skip out on the original (yet it is highly recommended you see the original).
The film is cut down to a whopping 61 minutes and while the film has that slow burn pace, it is once the imp arrives at about the 38 minute mark is where it picks up. The imp, voiced by Derek Reid, is hilarious with his backtalking and snappy comebacks. The wishes the imp grants this time are the stuff that one would expect in one case, perhaps an homage to Wishmaster 2’s chaos in the casino in the case of one character. While many will most likely damn the film, I for one enjoy seeing legends Maroney, Stevens, and Bauer again in a genre they obviously love, let alone being together in the same film.
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama 2 may not be liked by everyone, but seeing three legends together and a hilarious snarky imp again brings back some fond memories of the genre and the original. Definitely worth seeing at least once (yet I saw it twice already).
WFG RATING: B
A Full Moon Features production. Director: Brinke Stevens. Producer: William Butler. Writer: Kent Roudebush; based on characters created by Sergei Hasenecz. Cinematography: Josh Apple. Editing: Topher Hansson.
Cast: Kelli Maroney, Glory Rodriguez, Jessie Gill, Audrey Neal, Hannah Tullett, Katie O’Neill, Nathan Blair, Justin Lupo, Luka Parente, Ashton Rogers, Derek Reid (voice), Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer.