Film: The Slumber Party Massacre
This started out so fun...
Close your eyes for a second... and sleep forever.
A Slasher Movie
from the year 1982, which was originally scripted by feminist writer Rita Mae Brown and directed by Amy Holden Jones (who wrote the first Beethoven
Bunch of girls decide to have a Slumber Party
with all that comes with the territory; skimpy clothing, booze, pot and perverted guys crashing it. Unfortunately, a maniac has escaped from a mental institute, and seeks to continue the deadly work that he started over a decade ago by carving them up with a power drill..
The film spawned two sequels: Slumber Party Massacre II
in 1987, and Slumber Party Massacre III
The trilogy also had several pseudo-sequels/spin-offs
, such as Sorority House Massacre, Cheerleader Massacre
, and Hard to Die
This massacred party has examples of:
- Achilles' Power Cord: Hiding in the basement, Valerie picks up a portable circular saw and tries to run with it upstairs to confront Thorn, but it comes unplugged before she manages to get on top of the stairs.
- Affectionate Nickname: Trish, Kim, and Jackie eavesdrop on Diane calling her boyfriend, and much to their amusement, find out that she calls him "Booboo".
- Behind the Black: As the slumber partiers change their clothes, they completely fail to see Neil and Jeff staring at them from behind the window, simply because the five of them are never in the same shot.
- Between My Legs: The movie poster, as seen above. Also, notice the placement of the drill.
- Big Bad: Russ Thorn, the escaped mass murderer who likes to kill people.
- Cat Scare: Cleaning up the mess she made in the kitchen, Jana hears a strange scratching noise in her house. She goes to investigate, and pinpoints the source to a closet. She opens the door, and a screaming cat leaps out. How did it get locked in there? Nobody knows. The film then proceeds to do the same with pranking teens and a neighbor killing snails with a meat cleaver. At one point there is a streak of seven consecutive false scares before the killer shows up.
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: Just before the end credits roll, police sirens can be heard in the distance.
- Cut Phone Lines: After making his presence known to the partiers, Thorn cuts the phone line to the house just as they try to call for help.
- Dead Man's Chest: Thorn hides Kim's body inside a fridge. Courtney discovers it when she's going to snatch a beer from it.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Thorn briefly pretends to be the pizza guy behind the door of the slumber partiers' house. When they ask about the money they owe for the pizzas, he answer with his current bodycount.
Jeff: What's the damage?
Thorn: Six, so far.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Trish, Kim, and Jackie are barefoot. The trope is downplayed however, since they're in a slumber party.
- Dramatic Thunder: Thunder rolls in the background as Thorn comes inside through the window, and starts creeping towards the unsuspecting Trish and Kim.
- Eye Scream: After the pizza boy rings the bell, the partiers gather money to pay him and open the door. To their horror, an eyeless corpse falls inside.
- Final Girl: Averted with Valerie who is a typical good girl, but isn't the only survivor in the film.
- Foreshadowing: The girls read the horoscope for Scorpio, which is Diane's sign, which states that she's going to "get ahead" with the opposite sex. She later finds her boyfriend decapitated.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Russ Thorn has no personality, or backstory that would give him some sort of motivation for the things he does. He's just some psycho who killed people in the past, got locked up, escaped and is now killing again.
- Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death: The title tells everything what potential viewer needs to know about the film; that it has gratuitous fanservice and plenty of death.
- I'll Kill You!: Screaming in pain for getting his hand chopped off, Thorn starts screaming this word for word at Valerie before she slashes his stomach open.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Thorn is finally killed when he jumps on a machete held by Valerie, and is impaled by it.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: Thorn kills Mr. Canton, who is busy killing snails that threaten his garden by drilling through the back of his neck and lets go of it, just to show Canton's corpse to the audience.
- Knife Nut: The slumber partiers arm themselves with kitchen knives once they learn of Thorn's presence.
- Machete Mayhem: The saw failing her, Valerie picks up a machete in the basement to confront Thorn with.
- Male Gaze: There are lots of shots of female backsides and undressings.
- Man Bites Man: Neil despereately attacks Thron with a knife. As they struggle on the ground Thorn bites him, takes the knife and proceeds to stabe him repeatedly.
- Not Quite Dead: Mortally wounded Thorn falls into a pool, and as reliefed Valerie hugs her sister Courtney, he rises from it to attack them once more.
- Off with His Head!: Diane leaves her boyfriend John.for a moment in his car. When she gets back, she finds his corpse with its head put back on top of it, ready for a scare and a scream.
- Once Is Not Enough: As Thorn attack Trish and Kim inside the room that they barricaded themselves in, Trish manages to momentarily knock him out with a baseball bat. She and Kim then start removing the makeshift barricade, ignoring the unconscious killer lying helplessly on the floor.
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Jeff tries to make a break from the house besieged by Thorn through the garage, but finds the backdoor locked. Then Diane's corpse drops from above and as he screams, Thorn attacks him from behind.
- Punk in the Trunk: Thorn hides the bodies his victims inside a car trunk in Deveraux household's garage.
- Shout-Out: After the lights go out, Kim and Jackie mimic The Twilight Zone theme when Trish tells them that the fusebox is in the (possibly spooky) garage.
- Shower Scene: An extended shower scene takes place after a ladies' basketball game.
- Slashed Throat: Thinking that help has arrived, Jackie rushes to open the door and has her throat cut with a swing from the power drill.
- Spoofed The Ironic Film Seriously: The film was written as asatirical jab at the slasher genre for its victimization of women and excessive nudity. Its directors took it seriously, filming it as a straight example of the genre, resulting in an Indecisive Parody.
- This Is a Drill: Thorn picks up a power drill from the telephone van where he committs his first onscreen murder, and uses it as his Weapon of Choice for the rest of the movie.
- Token Minority: Jackie is the sole African American member of the cast.