Movie Review: The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Synopsis: A high school sleep over takes a dark turn when a serial killer wielding a power drill begins stalking and killing the guests.

Who's in it? The movie stars Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Andree Honore and Gina Smika Hunter.

Review: I was in the mood for a horror movie last night and, after rejecting a few other choices, decided to watch this film. I wasn't really sure what to expect from it and had lowered expectations as a result. Unfortunately, the movie was worse than I feared.

Let's see, how do I put this? If you like movies that have a bunch of random scenes featuring half naked women, it's worth watching. However, as a horror movie, this film really does lack something.

One of my biggest problems with the film (other than the excessive gratuitous nudity that seemed to take up half the run time) was how it revealed the killer from the start. This, in all honesty, just made the movie a way too predictable for me. Movies like this are much scarier if you don't know who the bad guy is or, at minimum, have a reason to think that person might just be a red herring.

The film also relied a little too heavily on jump scares, including the whole cat jumping out of a closet thing (saw that one coming from a mile away). It's one thing to pull that out of your bag of tricks when needed but the filmmakers didn't seem to have much else in that bag, unless you count killing time with naked breasts.

Final Opinion: I'll stop short of calling this a soft core porn film posing as a horror movie but, overall, was unimpressed with this film. There just wasn't anything particularly special or memorable about it.

My Grade: D


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