ⓘ Hard to Die

                                     

ⓘ Hard to Die

Sorority House Massacre III: Hard to Die is a 1990 American slasher film written by Mark Thomas McGee and James B. Rogers, directed by Jim Wynorski, and starring Gail Harris and Melissa Moore. The film features a similar storyline and many of the same actresses from Wynorskis previous film Sorority House Massacre II.

The film was released direct-to-video in 1990, but it was released theatrically in 1992 under the name Tower of Terror and received an NC-17 rating.

                                     

1. Plot

A group of women are about to experience the most horrifying night of their lives - trapped in a deserted skyscraper, with a crazed killer at their heels. Soon, their innocent overtime duty becomes an action-filled evening of terror and suspense - yet they choose to defy the odds and fight back. trading fear for firepower in a high-stakes, all-out fight to the death.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Karen Mayo-Chandler as Diana as Lindsay Taylor
  • Toni Naples as Sgt. Phyllis Shawley credited as Karen Chorak
  • Domonic Muir as Larry Bronkowski
  • Don Peterson as Husband
  • Melissa Moore as "Tess" Jessica
  • Bridget Carney as Candy Shayne
  • James B. Rogers as Messenger as J.B. Rogers
  • Monique Gabrielle as CD Girl as Lucy Burnett
  • Greg Lauoi as Cameraman
  • Jurgen Baum as Lt. Mike Block
  • Don Key as Brad Plympton
  • Deborah Dutch as Jackie Cassidy as Debra Dare
  • Forrest J Ackerman as Dr. Ed Newton
  • Ronald V. Borst as Pedestrian
  • Eric Baum as Agent
  • Gail Harris as Linda Dawn Grant as Robyn Harris
  • Jim Wynorski as Director uncredited
  • Peter Spellos as Orville Ketchum
  • Amelia Sheridan as Helga
  • Kelli Maroney as Wife as D. Mason Keener
  • Cirsten Weldon as Agents Girlfriend
  • Carolet Girard as Fifi Latour
  • Bob Sheridan as Cop In Lobby
                                     

3. Production

Jim Wynorski had made the previous film for Julie Corman called Sorority House Massacre II. Cormans husband Roger wanted Wynorski to remake it, using the same story and cast. Wynorski says "When Roger Corman saw what I did for his wife in just seven days, he wanted me to do the same for him."

Corman wanted to re-use the sets which had just been used for Corporate Affairs 1990, which consisted of a reception area and a few suites. According to Mark Thomas McGee, who was hired to work on the script:

This change in locale presented Jim and I with a problem - how to get the women out of their clothes and into their underwear. Try to imagine someone like David Lean or William Wyler wrestling with a dilemma like this. Not that women would ever run around in their under- wear regardless of the location, but it was a little easier to swallow when they were in a sorority house. I asked Jim if it would be too much of a problem to redress the reception area to make it seem like were on different levels of a high rise instead of a single level office. Jim liked that idea because it opened up all sorts of possibilities for us. It not only gave the ladies more room to run and hide from the killer, it also meant and this was the genius of the stroke that they could discover a lingerie company on another level. The sequence where these ladies become so excited when they discover these frilly and sexy undergarments and just cant wait to try them on is as ridiculous and infantile as anything you can imagine. But half-naked women is just about all that a film like this has to offer.

McGee says he had a week to write a script. He spent five days going in a different direction, but then realised Corman genuinely wanted a true remake, and spent two days redrafting.

Wynorski says with the film, "I took Orvilles hardships to even further extremes."

The film is alternatively known as Tower of Terror.



                                     
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