As the new academic year starts, the members of Sigma Lambda Theta sorority at university are buzzing with excitement for rush week and the election of their next president, expected to be Brianna for the third year in a row. Emily, however, desires popularity in a world where social media likes and followers determine one’s worth. Believing that having an interesting pet will make her more likable, she adopts a three-toed sloth from a questionable exotic animal dealer. Little did they know, the sloth named Alpha turns out to be a deadly killer with sharp claws and surprising abilities such as driving, using a computer, and taking selfies.
The main idea of this movie is incredibly absurd, as one can assume that the director and writers came up with it while under the influence of some unknown substance. It’s possible that someone challenged them to create a horror film featuring the most improbable creature they could think of, and after rejecting platypuses, echidnas, and dwarf lemurs, they decided on sloths.
Unfortunately, Slotherhouse falls short of being truly humorous, despite targeting the American campus “Greek” system. With a bit more work on the script, it could have been a biting satire like Black Sheep, a successful New Zealand comedy-horror film from years ago. The film’s budget was limited, resulting in most scenes being filmed in just a few locations in Serbia and British actors portraying American sorority sisters. However, the actors, particularly Ambalavanar, veteran Craven, and Bianca Beckles-Rose who brings some comic relief as the more masculine character among the women, deserve recognition for their committed screams and ability to maintain a serious demeanor.