Director(s) – Sean Donohue (Joe Vampire) and Christopher Leto (The Housewife Slasher)
Starring – Bianca Allaine Barnett (Albino Farm), Andrea Alfonso (…And a Bag of Chips), and Kristin Avery (Hi-8)
Release Date – 2014
Rating – 3.5/5
Tagline – “It’s pledge week and all the girls of Delta Pi are just rushing to die”
Lately I have been writing more reviews for slashers than any other horror sub-genre. Slashers are cheap and a crowd favorite so that leads to more and more indie filmmakers taking a stab at them. That has also lead to a huge influx of 80s inspired slashers. I personally love this huge movement of 80s throwbacks but I have seen a lot of other reviewers bitching and complaining. Though a majority of them do suck I greet every one with eagerness and enthusiasm.
Recently, director Sean Donohue reached out to me to check out his new sorority house slasher beautifully titled Die Die Delta Pi. This is not the first time I had heard of this film. Several months back I was able to check out the amazing poster (seen above) designed by the super fucking talented Sadist Art.
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows a sorority in 1986 the night of initiations when a hazing ritual went too damn far and severely burns one of the pledges. To make matters even worse there is a killer stalking the sorority girls and their dates. After almost everyone is murdered we then jump to present day where that same sorority is now starting another chapter at the same college. It just happens to be the year that the daughter of one of the survivors is heading off to college and chose to attend her mother’s alma mater.
However, just like with any good slasher, once the sorority starts up the stories of what happened in 1986 start to circulate and so does a fresh batch of murders. It is now up to the legacy, her mother, and her sorority sisters to find out who the killer (or killers) really are before it is too late!**Spoiler Alert**
Slashers of the 80s comes in many different flavors and all have had the modern slasher throwback treatment. Sadly, some have been done more than others. The slasher in the woods is the most common of these but one that I have a soft spot for is the girls in college/high school slashers like Slumber Party Massacre and Student Bodies. I really enjoy the whole campus setting and how the kills usually are associated with those.
When I first saw the posters for Die Die Delta Pi it was obvious which path this film went down but I was concerned. Very few modern slashers have trekked down this path before and did not fair well. However, after watching the film I have to say that this film succeeded!
The acting in this one is hit or miss. The entire cast tried their hardest and it shows but some just lacked experience. It was also cool to see scream queen Bianca Barnett. I was lucky enough to meet her at Shockacon last year and purchased a few of her films but due to work I have yet to watch any of her films until now. The story for this one is one told so many times in the 80s and that is the purpose of a throwback. To bring something from yesteryear back to our attention. This film was effectively able to do so. Sadly, the story, though one told before, was extremely slow to get rolling after one action packed opening. The opening did not set the pace for the film which really threw the flow of the film off.
Finally, the film does have more deaths than your typical slasher. In fact, this flick boasts a rather impressive body count. Also, the special effects are decent and worked just enough to pull off the kill gags. Overall, Die Die Delta Pi is a modern slasher that has style and bloodshed. This is a slow burner but the great gore and beautiful women more than make up for it. I highly recommend this one.