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Frat House Massacre (2008)

Rane Jameson , Chris Prangley , Alex Pucci  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rane Jameson, Chris Prangley, Jon Fleming
  • Directors: Alex Pucci
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053TRRMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the creators of CAMP SLAUGHTER comes FRAT HOUSE MASSACRE, a true homage to the best of the late 70’s grindhouse and early 80’s slasher films! Sean (Chris Prangley) and his little brother Bobby (Rane Jameson) thought joining the Delta Iota Epsilon fraternity would be the best time of their lives with parties, freedom, girls and sex. The fraternity president Mark (Jon Fleming of TVs WILL & GRACE and DANTE’S COVE), however, is a little strange. His twisted hazing rituals include extreme physical and mental torture that lead the boys down a horrific path of destruction and death. But death may be just the beginning, as this gritty twisted film unfolds. Inspired by actual events and set in the year 1979, FRAT HOUSE MASSACRE is a disturbing journey through the twisted world of fraternity boys, pledges and the not-so-innocent sorority sisters swept up in their madness. Loaded with violence, gore, nudity and a fantastic music score by Claudio Simonetti, this DVD is the director’s cut containing over twenty minutes of additional footage.
Bonus Features:
  • Director's Commentary
  • Crew Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "Making Of" Featurette

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Gorefest August 14, 2011
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I went into FRAT HOUSE MASSACRE looking for two things: gore and male nudity. This is a surprisingly difficult combination to find in the horror genre, but I'm happy to say this film delivers. On top of that, it's also a very stylishly directed, well done throwback to the movies of the 1970s. It's kind of like Ti West's THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL crossed with a David Decoteau opus.

While the film could have used more nudity (and what movie couldn't?), it made up for it by having some of the most impressive gore I've seen in awhile. It reminded me of an old school FRIDAY THE 13TH movie, with some great practical effects and very brutal kills. If that's your thing, you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Judge Gordon Sullivan, DVD Verdict-- Several things about Frat House Massacre are impressive. First, it's one of the few films I've seen out there that takes the homoerotic aspects of fraternity living seriously. Most films gloss over a bunch of men living together with a small joke about being gay and call it a day. Frat House Massacre takes that a step further. No, the film does not imply that everyone who joins a fraternity is gay, but rather that for an organization filled with young men who profess a desire for women, there are an awful lot of shirtless men running around obsessed with each other and their sex life. I'm not sure it's a balanced portrait of fraternity life (if such a thing exists in movies), but it feels like a nice balance with other fraternity movies. The film is also impressive for not being afraid to aim for some psychological complexity in the characters. Giving Sean a brother in a coma brings a depth to the characters that would be at home in a drama rather than the run of the mill horror story. As the frat leader, Mark is also a bit more realistic than I expected, though he's still a bit of a cookie-cutter villain since the focus is on Sean and Bobby.

However, those aspects of the film that make it an impressive indie effort will also likely spoil it for a lot of horror fans. First, I don't want to stereotype the horror audience, but we (because I include myself) are not known for a love of the homoerotic--quite the opposite, in fact. While a load of manflesh might not turn off every prospective horror fan (and could even attract a new demographic), it's almost certainly a hard sell to the average DVD renter. Second, the attempt at psychological richness, though impressive on paper, leads to a film that pushes the two-hour mark.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I've Just Had Two Hours Of My Life Massacred... October 21, 2014
By Mike
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The premise sounded interesting and the retro, '70s look made me want to like this film, but overall I just can't. The movie does have a vintage feel, but I struggled to find an actor or actress that I even remotely cared about. The over-the-top acting from the frat president was so distracting that I found myself more irritated than entertained.

While the film had plenty of killings to justify the "Massacre" in the film's title, there was no real reasoning behind any of them and the gore effects were pretty substandard. Anyone can film a close-up of someone spitting out some red corn syrup guys. Also, I'm pretty sure there was more to fraternal college life in the '70s than an obscene amount of hazing, cocaine and abuse. The female characters in the film (with the exception of the maternal "Olivia" character) were nothing more than victims for abuse and on one occasion, sexual assault.

There was a somewhat interesting twist mid-way through, as well as a twist ending, but this felt tacked on and reeks of a cheap way out of finishing a plot. Given the title and setting, this could have been a great twist on a classic, what with a fraternity being central to the story. With classic slashers like "The House on Sorority Row, The Slumber Party Massacre" and "The Initiation," this film would have been perfect for turning the tables and focusing on college-age male victims. The filmmakers really missed their chance to create something fresh out of so much history. Instead, they gave us two hours of inexplicable violence and abuse for abuse's sake. Oh, and many, many close-up shots of shirtless frat guys in their underwear.

Skip this one and grab something vintage. It's for the best.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING WITH SENSELESS VIOLENCE October 8, 2011
By Peter M
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Do cinemagoers really want to see a film with the violence so over the top and ongoing that it detracts from any worth that the film may have had. Don't believe the hype on the dvd cover sleeve which says that the film is loaded with nudity. There is very little and no frontal- everyone keeps their privates hidden. The story is also over the top and unbelievable. How could so many students just disappear from College without anyone wondering where they are. The film is overlong at 2 hours and also boring.When you can't write a decent story just pad it out with excessive violence as is the case here.truly a worthless film.Doesn't the director know that less is more. The less you show the more the audience get to see as was the case with Hitchcock.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing in the extreme December 21, 2012
Fortunately I bought a used DVD of this title in the marketplace. Even at that I feel I wasted my money. This movie is so bad I feel like I just gave away an hour an a half of my life for nothing in watching it. The plot is not believeable at all. This is just a senseless gore fest. It has none of the characteristics of the classic suspense slasher films like Halloween or Friday the 13th. I was not once on the edge of my seat anticipating the next moment of fear as there was none in this movie. The acting is atrociously bad as well. I actually like most Synapse DVD releases but not in this case. Rent it, if you can, before you decide to buy. You'll be glad you saved your money.
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