40th Anniversary screening!
Written by feminist scribe Rita Mae Brown as a parody of the slasher genre, director Amy Holden Jones opted to shoot the film as straight horror which makes it a rare self-aware chiller that drills some fresh holes into the genre while also providing the expected good ol’ sex and violence.
The story follows an unlucky girls’ basketball team hosting a slumber party that becomes the target of a homicidal escaped inmate with a rather large drill. Soon the evening turns from the fun of dance parties and junk food binges into a fight for survival.
With its stylized photography, plot points that involve pizza, and endlessly cool homemade synth score, “The Slumber Party Massacre” is a drop-dead masterpiece of subversive trash-horror.