The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Article 2419 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-10-2007
Posting Date: 3-27-2008
Directed by Amy Holden Jones
Featuring Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella

Teenage girls throw a slumber party. It’s crashed by a homicidal maniac with a power drill. Mayhem ensues.

This movie was written as a parody by feminist Rita Mae Brown, but she was only responsible for the first draft; it was filmed as a straight horror movie. Still, one can find hints of the intended humor, and even certain elements which may have been intended as feminist statements, but within this context, with all the usual nudity and gore inherent to the slasher genre, they’re ludicrous. Perhaps the most surprising thing about this one is how utterly it fails to generate any real suspense; the scare scenes are telegraphed and devoid of surprises, and there is a an overabundance of fake scare scenes. I have to admit that this movie made me appreciate the way that FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH at least manages to generate a few scares along the way. This one is utterly routine at best.



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