Slumber Party Massacre

Director: Amy Jones Run Time: 77 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1982

Starring: Michael Villella, Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille

SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE: The ultimate driller killer thriller! A 35mm presentation courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

The only female directed slasher of the 1980s, Slumber Party Massacre was written by famous feminists Rita Mae Brown, and intended as a sleazy parody of an already sleazy genre. Director Amy Holden Jones thought otherwise, flipping Brown’s cheeky script into straight horror.

The result is a self-aware slasher eager to drill some fresh holes in the genre, all while still delivering on that good ol’ teenage sex and violence. The story is appropriately ridiculous, about a girls’ basketball team hosting a slumber party that’s stalked by an escaped lunatic – and it isn’t long before the long showers, clothes changing and sexy phone calls give way to an ever mounting pile of mangled bodies.

Part of Nitehawk’s September SHE MADE IT brunch, midnite, and special event series.