Slumber Party Massacre Review
I say misogynist because generally it's men who watch them, men who make them and men who profit from them. These films are often more likely to embrace the killer's perspective, nearly always a sexually twisted man, and punish those women objects of that gaze who are sexually liberated rather than chaste. Similarly, the mode of killing in these films often destroys through a masculine act of penetration - the sunken knife, the piercing of the usual female object by the watching male threat. For most self aware, politically mature and grown up viewers, such films can leave you rather disliking yourself for liking them.
The story, such as it is, involves several cool but snotty teenage babes having a sleepover whilst sensible social outcast and Laurie Strode-a-like Valerie looks after her sexually inquisitive younger sister. Cue escaped murderer with an impressively long power tool, a plethora of nubile disrobing, teenagers doing what they shouldn't and you get Slumber Party Massacre. And of course, the film is one long set of slash and stalk set-pieces that very much gives its audience what it wants.
Of course films like Student Bodies at the time and Scream since have been more overt in their satire, but this entry in an often stupid and reactionary genre is preferable to both in my book. Slumber Party Massacre delivers.
Technical SpecsSadly, the film has been given a letterboxed transfer. This is a budget disc so don't get too despondent though as despite rather too much blue in the colour balance and some smearing the image isn't all that bad, not being edge enhanced or greatly sharpened. Grain is pretty obvious, contrast seems strong and mild print damage and dirt is little to complain about. Overall, the quality would be easily improved upon but I was satisfied that for a budget title this was acceptable.
SummaryThis film doesn't seem to have had an anamorphic transfer on these shores or across the pond yet, so this barebones release is little different to existing releases on that score. It's awfully cheap and jolly good so go on tempt yourself...
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