For you to fully understand how I feel about this movie, I have to take you on a little journey. A journey to a time of when the best part of the weekend was gathering with a group of friends, loading up on pizza and Mountain Dew, and hitting the local video store. This was an every weekend thing for me when I was growing up. We would always rent 2 or 3 movies and just soak them in all weekend. One particular weekend, while blind renting some slashers, me and a buddy picked up “Slumber Party Massacre,” “Sorority House Massacre 2,” and “Prom Night 2.” This movie wouldn’t have been such an epic film, if the order we watched our rentals had been any different. We chose to watch “Sorority House Massacre 2” first, which was ridiculous, hilarious, and full of gratuitous violence and nudity. It wasn’t until an hour and a half later, when we decided to watch “Slumber Party Massacre” that a light bulb went off between us. The film Sorority House Massacre 2 lifts footage from “Slumber Party Massacre” and turns it into its own hilarious story. Rewind to an hour and a half earlier and now suddenly it makes sense — “Sorority House Massacre 2” is a spoof. MIND BLOWN.
This is a fun little slasher film, regardless of how average it is. It’s one of those movies that you end up catching at midnight on Cinemax, when you’re like 8 years old. You remember it being incredible so you revisit it. While not having character development, great cinematography, or even a memorable villain… Ok, I kinda take that back. The bug eyes and denim jacket kind of rock the house. It’s just good old fashion slasher fun. I’m just a big fan of these kind of movies, this series in particular. Gratuity at it’s finest here, ladies and gentlemen. If you don’t over analyze every little thing you see and you just want a popcorn flick, look no further cause this movie is b-film greatness!
Of Course it gets the Rottin’ Roger DeMarco seal of approval with 3 slices of pizza out of 5.
It seems to me like director Amy Holden Jones was a bit torn when making her 1982 slasher, “The Slumber Party Massacre.” Did she want to show all the gory detail to every kill? Did she want to just show some? She went back and forth between the two ideas so much that it really kind of took something away from what could have been a great, cheesy slasher, making it just an okay one.
I thought the gore in this one was pretty good, leaving the best of it all for the very end scene, where the girls finally get to take out the stalking murderer, Russ Thorn. Michael Villella’s performance was certainly the best of the bunch, as the escaped killer. With a total of about 3 or 4 lines, he managed to steal the show with his creepy facial expressions and goofy hiding techniques; my favorite being under a blanket right in the middle of the living room floor!
With a rather short runtime of only 77 minutes, this film still managed to drag on a bit. I expected it to just fly by, but instead the corny dialogue and boring all-girl sleepover did a great job of just slowing everything down.
If you’re a slasher fan who prides themselves on watching every film in the sub-genre known to man or you are down for a nice cheese-fest, then you certainly should check out “The Slumber Party Massacre.” I give it 2 drill-bits out of 5.