Plot: Jennifer (Scarlett Byrne) is a freshman at Whittendale University, where she plans to be an architecture major. She intends to use her college years to study and better her chances at a good life, not drink and party it up, so she has no real plans to join any social clubs or sororities. But then she meets Alex (Nicole Munoz), a pledge seeker from a sorority and the two spark an instant connection, though Jennifer is still hesitant to join up with the girls. This feeling intensifies when she discovers the sorority is on probation for hazing violations, though Alex assures her those days have passed and no hazing at all takes place now. As soon she moves in, Jennifer notices the tension between Alex and the chapter’s leader, Breanne (Clare Filipow). That tension soon spreads to Jennifer, since she is so close to Alex. The tension breaks when Jennifer finds her class project trashed and confronts Breanne in a public, very heated argument. When Breanne is found dead just after that confrontation, all signs point to Jennifer as the killer. But who is really behind the murder and can Jennifer uncover the truth in time?
Entertainment Value: A goldmine of drama and mean girl antics, Sorority Murder has all you could want from a Lifetime movie about college girls. At the center of the movie is Jennifer, an uptight, overly sensitive young woman who is offended by everything and always ready to blow the whistle on micro aggression. She is thrown into a social circle with a bunch of cruel, soulless girls who take great pleasure in tormenting each other for whatever reasons. This includes fat shaming, slut shaming, and general cattiness, as well as the time worn flirting with another girl’s boyfriend. Jennifer is supposed to come off as a common sense type chick, but she constantly makes dumb choices that paint her into a corner. At least the other sorority girls seem to take ownership of their decisions, whereas Jennifer believes herself to be above the rabble. This ensures ample drama and while you might not root for Jennifer, she is at least fun to watch as she tries to clear her name. The cast is fine, but the lead is too reserved and lifeless, which lets the more over the top performances steal the show. Nicole Munoz plays a dead on the inside sorority girl well, while Clare Filipow is solid as the sadistic house leader, then we have the creepy, barely alive “twins” that lurk around. This is high melodrama on campus, with an odd mother/daughter subplot that involves alcoholism, so if you’re a fan of the Lifetime movies formula, it is recommended.
No nakedness. Just some twerking and awkward body shaming moments, though as always, it is foolish to expect nudity in a Lifetime movie. A little blood, as we have a couple murders and the shock of a blade meant for creation is used to tear down human lives. Dramatic, right? In one scene, all we witness is the blade embedded in our victim, but then we have a frenetic orgy of stab wounds, which isn’t as graphic as it sounds, but is a little more violent than the usual Lifetime content. So a fun, enthusiastic group murder, not bad. The dialogue is ripe with mean girl talk, judgment, and even some mother/daughter drama. The best lines belong to the mean girls of course, as they tear each other down to make themselves feel a little better. These are more intense style antics than usual, but nothing too bad. The body shaming is likely to offend some, but these aren’t nice girls, so it makes sense. A few fun, quotable lines too, my favorite involving a philandering dick. In terms of craziness, these girls are a little crueler than normal, so combine that with the nonsense narrative and Sorority Murder earns a solid point of wackiness.
Overall Insanity: 1/10