Throughout the 80s the slasher film dominated the horror market. While the camp setting was the most popular other films stepped out of the woods and into other settings in hopes to bring something new to the table. One of these films was 1982s The Slumber Party Massacre that not only changed venues, but also kicked off another franchise spawning three sequels. Now Shout Factory is bringing the classic that started it all to Blu-ray for the first time.
In case you missed the party, the film followed an eighteen-year-old high school girl who is left at home by her parents and decides to have a slumber party. When there is friction between some of the invited guests and a new girl, the new girl decides to stay at home and thankfully so as a murderer with a propensity for power tools has escaped and is at large, and eventually makes his way to the party, where the guests begin killed off one at a time and they only have the new girl to help them. While the film was originally meant to be a parody of the slasher genre, they ended up making it a straight on slasher film that sported more comedy than normal. This film is one of those clichéd stories with all the usual teen characters and not much led to the imagination. Sure there is an ongoing secrecy of the killer, but doesn’t take you down the who-dun it route. The film follows all of the classic rules of the slasher genre sporting nudity, teens, and kills, but clearly never had the budget to deliver the great kills. Ironically that is some of the charm to this film as it has such a cheesy nature that it is a lot of fun, yet it never fully goes off the rails.
There is no doubt that this film is one that has its fans and those are the ones that will no doubt be excited to see this hi-def variation of the film transferred from the original negative. In addition to the film this Blu-ray features new interviews with actor Rigg Kennedy, making of featurette, commentary and the theatrical trailer. Don’t be left out of the party and be sure to grab your copy when it hits stores on March 18th.
For more information or to pre-order your copy head over to www.shoutfactory.com