Monday, November 13, 2017

Film Review: The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

The Slumber Party Massacre (Review)
United States/1982
Format Viewed for Review: Amazon Video
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes

"It does nothing to differentiate itself from the rest of the genre, but it works."

An escaped mental patient with a drill crashes a high school slumber party, hell-bent on killing everyone.

There isn't much to say about the plot in The Slumber Party Massacre. The story follows a group of high school girls who throw a slumber party. Of course, some guys crash the party, too. All is well until an escaped mental patient arrives at the party and starts picking them off, one-by-one. Meanwhile, Valerie, a new student at the school, spends time with her sister at their house next door, blissfully unaware of the carnage at the slumber party. That's it. What else is there to say, really? The climax was good and the ending was decent.

The Slumber Party Massacre is a good slasher. It does nothing to differentiate itself from the rest of the genre, but it works. It's a short, fast-paced, and violent slasher film. There are even a few truly suspenseful sequences, like the climax. So, I'd say it's a very solid time-killer, especially if you're already a fan of the genre. However, it does have its fair share of flaws. Most of the characters are boring and forgettable. The plot is already simple, but it's also painfully contrived. It has quite a few "what the hell are you doing?"-moments. It has some heart, but it doesn't have a lot of personality.

The acting was mediocre across the board. I suppose there were a few decent roles, but, since the characters were so generic or forgettable, I already forgot their names. The film was shot well, though, and I liked the music. The practical special effects were also good. The film was written by Rita Mae Brown and directed by Amy Holden Jones. The writing was thinner than a sheet of paper, but it did try to implement some symbolism—or perhaps that was the director. In that case, Jones performed well as the director. Sure, the film isn't oozing with originality, but it is adequate for the genre. Good enough is still good, right?

Overall, The Slumber Party Massacre is a good slasher. If you're a fan of the sub-genre, if you miss the days of high body counts and gruesome deaths, you'll probably enjoy this one. However, if you're looking for more, like an original story or compelling characters or incredible visuals, you'll have to look elsewhere.

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, nudity.

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