Drive-In Mutants: Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)

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Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988) Movie PosterSORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA (1988)

Full Moon Entertainment
Directed by: David DeCouteau
Starring: Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, Andras Jones, Michael Sonye

The Gist:
Tri Delta is looking to initiate their two newest recruits! After catching three spazoids watching the initiation, the group is forced to break in to the local Bowl-O-Rama at night and steal a prized trophy. Accidentally unleashing a magical imp, they’re granted their own wishes, but find that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

The Damage:
This is one of the many horror films from the eighties that features the trio of Scream Queen goddesses. Yes, Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer all star in one of the funniest and best horror comedies of the late eighties. Directed on a very low budget and on very limited scenery, “Sorority Babes” works as a low budget trash fest, and a goofy little time waster you can chuckle to. Also known as “The Imp,” seasoned director David DeCouteau directs this goofy horror comedy that I was first introduced to back in the nineties. I fondly remember watching the edited version for “Sorority Babes” on USA’s Up All Night on cable television and always wanted to re-watch it.

Years later, I bought the DVD and had a blast. Along with “The Gonk,” and “It’s Party Time” Bob Parr’s “Here In The Darkness,” the theme song to “Sorority Babes” has permanently burned itself in to my brain, and it’s fun to see such an eerie theme song for such a goofy horror comedy. Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer are on the receiving of a lot of gratuitous nudity as they’re spanked in the opening shots of the film for a sorority initiation for Tri Delta. While there, three geeks are caught and are forced in to the final act of being admitted in to Tri Delta. Ol’ Uncle Impy is one of the most unusual horror villains ever created. A combination of low budget puppetry and tricky lighting, he’s a trophy imp that grants wishes, and surely enough he can’t be trusted. Linnea Quigley co-stars in one of the rare roles where she keeps all of her clothes on as juvenile delinquent Spider. She’s caught breaking in to arcades for petty change, and ends up having to fight for her life and live through the night. Impy can be tricked, but how?

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988) Movie Image

Meanwhile, most of the movie spends its time on the wishes granted and the painful fall out that comes from the wishes that begin to turn sour in a matter of hours. One sorority girl wishes to be a queen with her clothes rotting, one character wishes to be rich only for the treasure to be meaningless, and another character wishes for a girlfriend only for this girl to be incredibly aroused and aggressive when it comes to getting laid. Meanwhile, the janitor of the Bowl-O-Rama is unfortunately stuck in his bathroom and oblivious to the horror happening all around him. Quigley decided she wanted a role as a punk this time around, and dons the punk attire as heroine Spider, who fends off the monsters machinations through this bowl o rama. Keeping money tight, the movie is set in the bowl o rama over night where no one is around, giving DeCouteau a real advantage in giving the setting mood and atmosphere without trying too hard to light the sets.

Of course, all of the horror and turmoil dies out before opening time at the bowl o rama. This allows the characters to roam around chasing each other, and learning about the convoluted origin of Ol’ Uncle Impy and how he can turn a good wish in to a bad situation. I, foe one, love Uncle Impy. He’s a bargain basement villain who could have worked in a sequel if they ever had the budget for one. I could see the allure of asking for a wish from the Djinn in “Wishmaster,” but from a little demon in a bowling trophy? Come on, kids. Just say no. “Sorority Babes” is one of the last gasps of eighties horror, and it’s a delightfully goofy delicacy you can kick back to. If only to see Quigley reprise her punk attire yet again.

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988) Movie Image

There isn’t a lot of blood shed, but there is a lot of implied gore that goes along with the monstrous festivities. One of the characters gets his head ripped off and rolled down a bowling alley, and a naked woman is torn apart by one of her monstrous friends! Linnea Quigley also gets to kick enormous amounts of butt.

There’s plenty of them, and so much gratuity, you’d be foolish not to partake. Women are smacked for minutes on end on their bare bottoms, they’re sprayed with whipped cream, there’s a group shower scene, and when one inept nerd wishes for the girl of his dreams to love him, she becomes insatiably aroused and spends most of the movie aggressively trying to sex him up in the buff. Be careful what you wish for.

There’s ol’ uncle Impy, a dream fulfilling magical imp who resides in a bowling trophy who is unlocked and grants wishes to the sape that discover him. Thankfully punk juvenile Spider, and nerdy Calvin opt out of the wishes and pay for them dearly. Imp’s wishes eventually rot, and everyone is punished. The girls in the camera room watching the fun are turned in to movie monsters (within the film’s budget, of course) as one girl becomes a deformed monster, while the other is the Bride of the Monster! Budget friendly monsters aplenty roam in the darkness of the bowling alley!

Closing Credits:
Whether you know it as “The Imp,” or “Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama,” this is a heck of a good horror comedy with the trifecta of scream queens doing battle with a horrific imp. They just don’t make movies like this anymore.

The Theme Song to “Sorority Babes”:

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