Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 18th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2008
Director: Alex Pucci
Writer: Draven Gonzalez
Cast: Rane Jameson, Chris Prangley, Jon Fleming, Niki Rubin, Ryan Ross, Lisa DiCicco, Adam Simon, Andrew Giordano, Bethany Taylor, Michael Galante, Merle Peter, Jim Ford, Mark Kobresian, Tyler Barnes, Bryan Webb, Jason Morris, John Bonavia
DVD released: August 9th, 2011
Approximate running time: 116 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English
DVD Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Content wise, this film’s title perfectly sums up this film about sadistic college students driven by excess and the consequences that arise due to their poor choices. From a Horror film fans perspective all the staples of the genre our on display and exploited for all their worth in this film. Even some irreverent humor is through into the mix for good measure.
Without a doubt this film’s most enduring asset are the characters which populate this film. None of them are likable and few if any are rooted in reality, thus making their ultimate demise all Delta Lota Epsilon fraternity the more enjoyable. Another high point of this film are the scenes in which the members of the Delta Lota Epsilon fraternity torture and murder perspective pledges. And with each new group of pledges, the somehow top the brutality of their last initiation.
Outside of a few minor roles, the majority of the cast are actually very good in their respective roles, especially Rane Jameson in the role of Bobby a young man, who recently has just come out of a coma and discovered that his brother Sean has gone missing. And Niki Rubin in the role of Diana, a promiscuous young woman who is dating one of the members of the Delta Lota Epsilon fraternity.
The groovy Disco themed score for Frat House Massacre was composed by Claudio Simonetti, who most cult movie fans are sure to recognize from his extensive work with Dario Argento, either with the band Goblin (Deep Red) or as a solo artist (Opera).
Ultimately, while the Retro vibe makes the story at hand all the more engaging. It is the film’s nearly two hour length that ends up being its greatest enemy. The pacing is erratic, there are for too many long drawn out sequences that just go on well beyond their shelf life.
Synapse Films presents Frat House Massacre in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. This is another strong transfer from Synapse Films that does a superb job with the source materials.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear, balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release include twenty one minutes of deleted scenes, a fifteen minute behind the scenes segment that includes comments from the key cast and crew members and two insightful audio commentaries, the first one with director Alex Pucci and screenwriter Draven Gonzalez and the second audio commentary with various crew members. All of the usual production related topics are covered in the extras included with this release. Overall Frat House Massacre gets a first rate release from Synapse Films.