“You bring the pizza … I’ll bring the drill.”
While there have been plenty of strong female leads (i.e. the final girl) on screen in the slasher film genre, outside of “Halloween” writer/producer Debra Hill, there hadn’t been that many behind the camera. That is, until Amy Jones Holden’s “The Slumber Party Massacre” drilled its way in.
A horror film, female-written and directed by women, that proved the ladies serve up the slaughter just as well as the boys. A group of high school girls decide to throw a slumber party that turns into a night of terror as an escaped lunatic decides to party crash.
In a mere four years after the release of “Halloween,” slasher films had already fallen into cliched routines of larger than life psychopaths killing teenagers, the majority of which were scantily-clad women.
Although written with a feminist slant, “The Slumber Party Massacre” doesn’t exactly steer away from those cliches. In fact, it plays it completely straight and embraces them. That’s where the humor comes from. Especially with the most on the nose phallus of all time used by a psychotic killer: an industrial power drill.
“The Slumber Party Massacre” is the rare exploitation film that delivers the goods to audience while having something deeper to say. (James Branscome)
Free Screening in the Shudder Theatre
Director: Amy Holden Jones
Country: United States
Runtime: 77 minutes
Director Amy Jones Holden and stars Michael Villella and Debra De Liso in Person
Double Feature with SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE 2
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