When Trish (Michele Michaels) decides to invite her high school girls’ basketball teammates over for a slumber party, she has no idea the night is going to end with an unexpected guest– an escaped mental patient and his portable power drill – crashing the party in the cult classic, The Slumber Party Massacre.
Truth be told I was skeptical before this most recent watch but pleasantly surprised. I watched this with a girlfriend and when I was a kid, and well... we ended up making out through the entire movie. The Slumber Party Massacre hasn't always been held in high regard by yours truly. While there are moments of pure cheese and boobie watching galore with bad dialogue and some terrible effects, there are moments of tension that actually work. Add a well placed jump scare and a killer who actually looks a little damaged with a weapon that looks like it'd stand a chance to kill you, and you might have a moment where you grab your own breasts to stave off the fear.
The Slumber Party Massacre looks very good with a nice new transfer from the original camera negative though I imagine the source material wasn't exactly shot in the Red One camera. It's a product of it's time period and budget, but the transfer preserves feel. The sound quality is good especially the gorgeous synth that is the equivalent of a nudie cutie beauty (as if this movie needed more of those*). The audio is DTS-HD Master Audio Mono. Picture is 1080p HD Widescreen 1.78:1.
The special features actually shocked me. I guess I didn't expect a movie of TSPM's caliber to be this full of goodies. They included Sleepless Nights: The Making of The Slumber Party Massacre, an audio commentary with Director Amy Holden Jones (less we forget that this skin fest was directed by a lady), Michael Villela and Debra De Liso as well as the Theatrical Trailer. Scream Factory used the extras from the DVD set for this release, but I wish they could have grabbed the sequels and maybe thrown it into a cheap box set (even if you release the sequels on DVD along with the Blu-ray). I can say with certainty, having rented the DVD that it looks really great none the less. A good upgrade for Blu-hounds.
I suppose you have to look at The Slumber Party Massacre as a cautionary tale that forces you to either stay off the basketball team (because they throw really shitty parties) or find a suitable counter weapon/shield to a large drill with a long bit. This is a great release of a classic piece of slasher cinema history with the camp, cheese, low budget perfection and T&A (much better T&A than its budget would suggest was possible). Definitely take a look at the alternate cover art/stills they've chosen for the inside. This is a special release.
The Slumber Party Massacre hits 3/18. You can order your copy now!
*Trick observation. You can always use more nudie cuties.