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The Slumber Party Massacre

by Ken Tasho
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Friday Apr 11, 2014
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Get your slinky nighties and pajamas packed... it’s time to watch the Blu-ray premiere of the 1982 cult hit "The Slumber Party Massacre". If the title alone doesn’t make you chuckle, a viewing of the female-directed spoof of cliché slasher films will. Shout Factory delivers a fabulous presentation once again under its growing Scream Factory trademark, replete with a collection of special features which has become their norm.

The minimal plot is straightforward: A group of teenage girls decide to have a slumber party, and have purposely disinvited next door neighbor Valerie (the late Robin Stille). Thanks to brief snippets of dialogue on the radio (and a fleeting look at a discarded newspaper), the audience quickly learns that an escaped mental patient is on the loose. And his name is not Michael Myers!

He’s known as the Driller Killer (Michael Villela), and his drill weapon of choice is purposely exaggerated in a phallic-like way. Director Amy Jones says that was done to spoof the female fear of penetration. She and actors Villela and Debra de Liso appear in the Blu-ray featurette entitled "Sleepless Nights: The Making of the Slumber Party Massacre." Among the litany of trivia discussed are facts such as that Jones turned down a job as editor on "E.T." to direct this, Villela based his serial killer’s moves on how a peacock moves, and de Liso had a family viewing of the film recently where her kids told her how proud they are of her. High art indeed!

Other features include the trailers for all 3 "Slumber Party Massacre" films, all basically remakes of each other.



"The Slumber Party Massacre"
Blu-ray
www.shoutfactory.com

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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