Sorority Babes In the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama was a film released through Urban Classics in 1988 and later picked up by Full Moon Entertainment. For what it was, it was a fun time. A good relic to throw on when one doesn't really want to have to think. It's loosely based upon the Monkey's Paw story where a wish is granted to often terrible results. In this case by an imp trapped in a bowling trophy. However, given the name of the film, it's pretty obvious the type of comedy horror film it is.
There is surprisingly a sequel coming in 2020. In ways to promote this upcoming film, Full Moon Comics has released a comic through their “Deadly Ten” line that ties in the gaps of what happened after the first film, written by Brockton McCKinney and illustrated by Sergi Domench, with coloring by Edgar Tavitas and lettering by Shawn Gabborin. The problem is where the film from 1988 is fun and full of nudity and stupidity that intentionally plays off the fact it's a very 80s b-movie, the comic from 2019 has none of its charm.
The opening has some tie in to the original film and the bowling alley. Then we are introduced to the Savage sisters, who are wearing cheerleader outfits, shortly after their intro to the reader, showing off their butts and underwear. There are a lot of butt shots in this very short comic. After more sexualized poses, the girls accidentally free the imp. He offers to grant them a wish, and they want into the locked bowling arena. They get their wish. Shortly there-after, two boys walking while having an insipid conversation find themselves at the bowling alley. Then we have more butt poses from the Savage sisters, who are robbing the bowling alley. After a lot more butts and the return of a fan favorite from the original film, we get an advertisement for the upcoming feature film.
Tie-in comics usually are used to incite excitement or to provide a lure for audiences to want to see the upcoming film, but this comic does neither. Between crude writing and even cruder drawings, it inspires the opposite reaction. If the Savage Sisters are in the upcoming sequel, this reviewer will most likely skip out on it. This type of aggressive male gazing is just no longer needed in the genre, or any genre. This reviewer cannot stress how ultimately disappointing it is to see a comic like this exist in the genre space. Comics are such a unique and special way to tell a story, and horror comedy is also a great way to have fun and move the needle forward, yet this fails at both.
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is now available at your local comic shop.
By Justin Drabek
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