The Slumber Party Massacre

Or, if they do have the sense, they stupidly return to the house soon after.

In the 1982 original written by Rita Mae Brown and directed by Amy Holden Jones, a girls’ basketball team (whose players suck on the court, it should be noted), shack up for a night at the house of Trish (Michelle Michaels, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown) house, which coincides with the prison escape of “mass murderer of five” Russ Thorn (Michael Villella, Wild Orchid). It’s surprising he’s able to remain so low-key, given his weapon of choice is likely the loudest. 

What’s most surprising, however, isn’t that girl power saves the day — well, give or take a few corpses — or that they can’t do it without the help of Valerie (Robin Stille, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama), the classmate they didn’t invite. No, it’s that the amount of gore is pretty tame. You don’t see the drill get the girls — like Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic Psycho shower scene, the point of entry is all in your head.

Although Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray release utilizes a new HD transfer and includes a new interview with a supporting actor, I’d recommend picking up the company’s DVD of 2010, which also includes the 1987 and 1990 sequels. Trust me, if this sick flick sounds like your cup of Red Bull, you’re going to want them.   —Rod Lott

Rod Lott

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