The Slumber Party Massacre

1982

The Slumber Party Massacre

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36%

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Total Count: 14

45%

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In this horror film, a group of teenage girls gather together for a slumber party, only to be terrorized by a drill-wielding madman. Oddly enough, this movie was written by Rita Mae Brown.

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  • Jan 04, 2013
    A sexually appealing film, but beyond that? Well, this movie may hold some sort of record for it's amount of false scares. There are multiple times where the audience is supposed to mistake a friend suspiciously approaching another for the killer hunting. These false "scares" are cliche and not amusing, they really do a number on this film. As for the actual kills, which we do get to see quite a few of, they're just run of the mill. Pretty standard, not great but not too bad either. I did enjoy the bit of the film when there was one girl's body stuffed in the fridge, and it took them a while to actually notice it. Overall, this was a boring film with nothing in particular going for it other than some breasts and butts. And you can find that anywhere.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2012
    The Slumber Party Massacre is a true '80s slasher classic. Refreshingly, the film doesn't pretend to be something it's not. It incorporates all of the usual slasher cliches, but with a healthy dose of humor. As a result, it's a lot of fun. Interestingly, the screenplay was written by feminist Rita Mae Brown, who intended for her script to be a parody of the slasher genre. Instead, it was filmed as a straight-forward slasher, so it both follows and subverts the rules of the genre. The guys are weak and ineffectual, with serious manhood issues, and their onscreen deaths are more brutal than the girls'. Most of the girls are likeable, and they're not complete weaklings as they band together to fight back against their attacker. There's even humor to be found in the requisite nude scenes. The camera lingers just a bit too long on one girl's butt, and the dialogue includes "I think your tits are getting bigger," to which a chorus of girls excitedly ask, "Mine?" Another example, the boys answer the door expecting the pizza delivery guy. They say, "what's the damage?" On the other end you hear, "six... so far." "Six, even? Okay."
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2012
    Classic title to popular slasher film that spawned two sequels and sadly does not live up to either accolade. Truly terrible musical cues and more false moments of danger than any 5 other horror movies combined sap most attempts to build tension. Some of the lemons are so ridiculous - a drill comes through a girl's bedroom door, but wait! It's a carpenter putting in a new peephole! And a butcher's knife rises above another girl outside carrying firewood, but wait! It's the next-door neighbor out cleaving snails because they get in his garden and "this is the only way to kill them"! Man, they sure could've used an internet back in 1982. There are 3 moments of inspiration: a woman banging on the window of a van as two students walk away, blood trickling under a door giving away a girl's hiding spot, and a body not quite discovered in the refrigerator. The rest is mostly routine mayhem with poor acting, a vanilla killer, and so-so effects on a tiny budget. Interesting factoid that this was directed by a woman, which is rare in the horror genre, but you won't recognize any feminist slant to it.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2012
    Ok, so the original Slumber Party Massacre is by no means one the great and legendary slasher films, but it doesn't really need to be. It's basically Michael Myers with a power drill, if you want to look at it that black and white. I kind of like it that no screen time is spent really explaining the killer. To me it makes the killer more menacing if you don't explain who they are and what they're all about, which is the major problem I have with every film in the Halloween series after the first one. You give the audience that tidbit of information about them, basically make them two dimensional, and you've got yourself a powerful force that seems to be acting on nobody else's impulse but their own. Not some convoluted backstory about a curse on the killer's family that caused him to be the way he is... I'm looking at you Michael Myers. This movie is not that deep. Nowhere near it. It's a generic 80's slasher with tons of boobs, blood and bad dialogue, and that's all that I really wanted from it.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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