Sorority Row remake scares its own star

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Jamie Chung, who co-stars in the horror remake Sorority Row, told SCI FI Wire that the film's scares took her by surprise when she screened a rough cut, even though she knew they were coming.

"Filming it, I was like, 'This is not scary,'" Chung said in an interview this week in Beverly Hills, Calif., where she was promoting Dragonball: Evolution. "Then, watching it, I'm genuinely like, 'Ooh!', on the edge of my seat. It's really cool."

Like the original House on Sorority Row, the movie centers on a sorority that tries to cover up a death caused by the sisters when a prank goes wrong. Chung said the film builds up to a surprise twist. "Oh, man, people start disappearing," she said. "Bodies start popping up. Eerie things happen. Pictures pop up in cell phones that no one was supposed to see. And it's lots of fun."

The ordeal also tests the sorority hierarchy, as Chung's character finds out. "I play Claire, and Leah Pipes is the other actor. She's kind of the queen bee. Her character's name is Jessica. Claire is Jessica's kind of right-hand woman. She idolizes Jessica. Everything's about Jessica. It gets kind of annoying. Later on, she kind of finds her true self and finally speaks up for herself, but it's too late by then."

Chung drew on her own Kappa Kappa Gamma experience to play Claire. "I went to UC Riverside, and if you went to UC Riverside you would have joined an organization as well," she said. "I never thought that I'd go Greek or [join] an Asian sorority. It's not really my thing, but the group of girls that I met at UC Riverside was really cool. They were really kick-back, love to play sports. We all studied together. It wasn't your stereotypical sorority."

Sorority Row opens in October from Summit Entertainment.