Chauncey -Theater 2 Wed, Mar 11 10:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Late Shift at the Grindhouse
Reel Representation
Film Info
Runtime:77 minutes
Director:Amy Holden Jones (Maid to Order)
Year Released:1982
Production Country:USA


Wednesdays get weird when Late Shift hosts Ross Meyer, Joe Derderian and Aaron Holmgren dig up low-budget b-movies, horror and gore-fests, and camp classics for your viewing pleasure. Buy your ticket and take a ride in our Time Machine! Punch in and earn a bonus! $3 Big Grove Boomtown Ale tallboys and $2 small popcorn! PLUS -- special custom trash trailer reel curated by Ross with cheap swag and prize giveaways!

"A feminist slasher film! The girls finally get back at a misogynist freako who's been killing women with his 14" Black & Decker power drill. Lots of Freudian laughs, a refreshing point of view and a well controlled sense of direction makes this massacre quite palatable." - Chas. Balun, The Gore Score

"One of the most enjoyable of all the slasher flicks of the early 80s has an escaped nut case viciously attack several gorgeous young ladies with his cordless drill. Humorous, gory, lots of nudity and loads of blood spurting fun."
- Ken Kish, Cinema Wasteland

"The script by feminist novelist Rita Mae Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle) makes the characters a bit more human than the usual stupid, drugged-out losers featured in most of these films, and parodies the cliches without sacrificing the pace or excitement. A classic of its kind." - Michael J. Weldon, The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film

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When Trish (Michele Michaels) decides to invite her high school girls' basketball teammates over for a slumber party, she has no idea the night is going to end with an unexpected guest - an escaped mental patient and his portable power drill - crashing the party in the cult classic, The Slumber Party Massacre.

Written as a commentary on the inherent sexism of slashers by feminist icon Rita Mae Brown - but filmed completely stright - The Slumber Party Massacre is a terrific inside joke that also delivers the goods as a skid row photocopy of Halloween, complete with a killer who's figuratively castrated when the tip of his power drill is hacked off.

With its stylized photography, plot points involving pizza and an endlessly cool homemade synth score, The Slumber Party Massacre is a drop-dead masterpiece of subversive trash-horror.

Film courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.