An eighteen-year-old high school girl is left at home by her parents and she decides to have a slumber party. There is friction between some of the invited guests and the new girl, who is better at basketball than they, so the new girl decides to stay at home (which is conveniently across the street from the host’s house). Meanwhile, a murderer of five people with a propensity for power tools has escaped and is at large, and eventually makes his way to the party, where the guests begin experiencing an attrition problem, with only the new girl to help them. —IMDb
Amy Holden Jones a American screenwriter and film director. She began her career editing low budget films, then began directing and writing. Her genres range from fun summer movies to kids movies to romance to horror.
Jones grew up in Florida and lived in Buffalo, NY during her high school years. She attended Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, majoring in art history, so she could also take film studies courses at nearby MIT in Cambridge, MA.
After she won first place at the American Film Institute National Student Festival for her short film A Weekend Home (1975), Martin Scorsese, one of the judges, liked her work and offered her a job as his assistant as he directed Taxi Driver. It was there that she met her future boss, Roger Corman. Seven years later, on the set of Slumber Party Massacre, she would meet her future husband, cinematographer Michael Chapman.
Jones has stated that there are times when actors will have scenes rewritten in order to make… read more
3.5 A much more important slasher than it gets credit for. It's obviousness, both in it's use of the sexualized killer and nudity, is part of what makes it work. That it was written and directed by women ( as were its sequels) also has to be considered. Pretty damn interesting film.
Asks then answers the question of 'what's so sacred about hiding the identity of the serial killer in a slasher/horror film'? Not only is the madman in Slumber Party Massacre not hidden by shadows, disfigurement, a mask, or camerawork that obscures, he's just another Joe Schmo albeit with serious, serious issues. I don't see this film as 'dumb' at all.
I can't be help to enjoy the slyness of the flick. On the surface, just an average slasher flick but to look deeper, there is clever subversion of the genre at play. Its like going to a haunted house ride and seeing that there is actually care put the coffin that the Dracula knock off just came out of.