Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Posted: May 27, 2012 in Movie Review
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Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Directed By: Amy Holden Jones

Starring: Michelle Michaels, Michael Villella, Rigg Kennedy, Brinke Stevens, Robin Stille, Pamela Roylance, Jennifer Meyers

Subgenre: Slasher

Slumber Party Massacre

Synopsis: A slumber party goes awry when an escaped killer shows up with his power drill.

Thoughts: Slashers come in all shapes and sizes, some serious in nature, some injected with comedy.  Slumber Party Massacre is a bit of both.  It was written as a parody of the genre by noted feminist Rita Mae Brown, but the producers decided to shoot the movie in a more serious tone, resulting in a movie that isn’t sure if it should take itself seriously or not.

It doesn’t take long for the movie to move right into the massacre portion as there is very little character building.  We don’t know much about the killer other than he is an escaped convict with a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to power tools.  The first time I watched this, I actually thought I missed a scene where they explained why the killer was stalking the girls.  Turns out that he is just out to kill whoever gets in his way.

Everything about Slumber Party Massacre screams B movie, which isn’t a bad thing, and is something that is common in this genre.  The acting is what you would expect, and there really are not any notable players or performances, but there are the stereotypical roles including the patented final girl.  The script is incredibly straightforward, forgoing the common twist or reveal at the end for standard stalk and slash action.

The giant power drill that the killer uses teeters between being insanely awesome and completely ridiculous.  Those things are not the most nimble of power tools, so the fact that he swings it around and uses it to chase down victims is a little ridiculous. 

Slumber Party Massacre isn’t a great slasher, and I would put it behind most second tier slashers such as The Burning or My Bloody Valentine, but it is worth checking out for slasher fans. 

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Comments
  1. I actually enjoy this one quite a bit. It’s definitely a second-rate slasher, but there’s fun to be had. The impression I’m left with in regards to the killer is that he specifically targeted teenage girls (much like any standard slasher killer), and is just picking up where he left off now that he’s ecaped from jail. Now, SPM 2 is one of the most… unusual slasher movies I’ve ever seen. Planning on reviewing that one as well (I hope)?

    • shnsjolin says:

      You have my interest piqued for SPM2. I hadn’t planned on reviewing it, but I might have to track it down. I watched the first one on Netflix.

      • Be prepared to be bored for much of SPM2… aside from the obligatory “girls get drunk and party” scene…. sorry, what was I talking about? Oh, right. Anyway, there is a payoff. The last twenty minutes or so are more bizzare than any nightmare sequence that Freddy Krueger ever cooked up, and an ending that’s just as much of a headscratcher as in the original NoES. The Driller Killer in SPM2 is played by Atanas Ilitch, son of the owner of Domino’s Pizza, and it seems clear to me that he had a lot of fun with his role. I hope you do check it out, because I’m eager to read your take on it.

  2. Correction: I meant Little Caesar’s, not Domino’s.

  3. Gotta be one of the best movies posters 🙂

    • shnsjolin says:

      It is a great poster, can’t argue with that.

      I am keeping my eyes peeled for a cheap copy of the Roger Corman Present’s version with all 3 SPMs on it.

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