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At a sleepover you might tell scary stories to spook your guests, but you wouldn’t want anything scary to crash your party — especially if that scary “something” was a crazy man with a power drill and no intentions of using it for home improvement projects. This violent party crasher is featured in Amy Holden Jones’ 1982 directorial debut, The Slumber Party Massacre.
Loyal fans of the cult classic are in for a treat: Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema has announced an upcoming special screening of the 35mm print of The Slumber Party Massacre.
The next installment of their monthly film series, “The Deuce,” Nitehawk Cinema’s 35mm screening of The Slumber Party Massacre will take place at 9:30pm on Thursday, June 12th. Tickets are $15 apiece. You can pre-order tickets online at NitehawkCinema.com, or you can buy them at the theater.
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- Derek Anderson
If there's been one glaring flaw in this new golden age of TV drama, it's that so much of it has focused on stories of damaged male anti-heroes, without offering us enough equally complicated female protagonists to balance them out. There have been some breakthroughs here and there — the amazing ensemble of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" by itself does a lot to balance the numbers out — some shows that stuck around only briefly like "Enlightened," and some shows that seemed headed for the pantheon before falling short like "Homeland," but it's an area where TV could definitely stand to improve. That said, we need good shows about complicated women, as opposed to something like ABC's new "Black Box" (it premieres tonight at 10), a clumsy, pretentious, cliché-riddled mess that just happens to have a woman at the center of things. Describing the show makes it sound like the sort »
- Alan Sepinwall
Black Box, ABC‘s latest drama, feels a lot like a show created by committee, and constructed largely by piecing together ratings research of plot and character points. A little bit House, a hint of Grey’s Anatomy, and a heaping dose of the hokey, “we’re calling you stupid,” plot construction of Scandal… et voilà. Of course, if those last two are among your favorite shows, welcome to your new obsession.
Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is the world’s most impressive and important neurologist… or whatever. She’s so cool that she has her own facility in New York City. Known as “The Cube,” it’s all neurology, all the time, and Dr. Black runs the show. But, »
- Marc Eastman
New York (AP) — ABC's brainy new medical drama "Black Box" does a neat trick: It dares viewers to imagine for themselves the cost-benefit ratio of addiction, and does it without taking a firm stand. It does it in the person of lovely, top-of-her-field Dr. Catherine Black, known as "the Marco Polo of the Brain," who helps patients navigate a range of neurological disorders. She also secretly wrestles with one of her own: She's bipolar. Meanwhile, she's addicted to the mind-expanding, sometimes rapturous but ultimately dangerous effects of skipping the meds that keep her "normalized," and letting her condition run full tilt. "This show is not a generic examination of bipolarity — not at all," says series star Kelly Reilly. "This is about one woman who is an addict to her disease. The disease is treatable. But it calls for a lifetime of commitment and rearranging medications to see what works and »
- Frazier Moore (AP Staff)
A shorter version of this story first appeared in the April 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When the rights to her series pitch Black Box reverted back to writer Amy Holden Jones in 2012, she took the project to her agency, Wme. But instead of shopping the show around to the studios, the standard agency procedure, Wme did something unusual: It went outside the studio system -- indeed, outside the country -- to package the show. After hooking Jones up with Wme clients including X-Men director Bryan Singer and producer Ilene Chaiken (The L Word), who joined Black Box as
- Scott Roxborough
In this 1982 ode to Roger Corman’s B films, a group of high school girls have a slumber party that quickly turns deadly. Director Amy Holden Jones pays homage to the exploitation films of the time, using her own feminist perspective (along with screenwriter Rita Mae Brown’s) to add parody and satire to the entire production. The humor was lost on audiences when it was initially released, but its eventual cult status has led to multiple sequels and this Blu-ray rerelease.
- John Keith
A mass murdering maniac escapes from prison and, armed with a power drill, begins to decimate the nubile high schoolers of a Los Angeles suburb during their slumber party. That’s it. Why mess with perfection and add a convoluted plot?
This is the 80′s remember, when the slasher movie was king and all you needed to make a film was a bunch of nubile girls willing to strip off on camera, some Ok(ish) special effects, and someone to play the killer… No need forany real motivation, no need for any back story, just as long as there’s gore-a-plenty!
- Phil Wheat
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- Nathania Johnson
Order Yours Today! ... y+massacre Special Features New HD Transfer From The Original Camera Negative Sleepless Nights: The Making Of The Slumber Party Massacre Audio Commentary With Director Amy Holden Jones, Actors Michael Villela And Debra De Liso Theatrical Trailer Video 5/5 Audio 4/5 Trishes parents are going away for the weekend, so she invites some of her friends over for a slumber party, just a girls party for old times… »
The iconic 80s slasher flick Slumber Party Massacre is coming out tomorrow March 18 for the first time on Blu-ray, and our good friends from Scream Factory is sponsoring yet another awesome contest.
Scream Factory is giving one Slumber Party Massacre Blu-ray And one blood-splattered pillow case to each contest winner. This time, there will be Two winners!
This is what the Slumber Party Massacre pillow case looks like. The pillow case is out of stock at Scream Factory but you can also search for the item on eBay to see how much it is worth!
Dread Central readers can to enter this contest by sending us an E-mail Here including your Full Name and Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest. If the link doesn't work for you (because your browser is not set up with your email program), email us directly at email@example.com with the »
- KW Low
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on the Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival, House of Monsters concept art, a Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series casting update, multiple trailers, reviews, and much more:
Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Details: “You can’t keep a lethal lady down. Flicks for Fans and Arrow in the Head, the team behind last year’s Evil Dead Fest, are proud to present the resurrection of the all new Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at the famed art deco-themed 1940’s built Crest Theatre in Westwood, CA. This will be an amazing event for all film fans and those with an appreciation for strong roles by women in horror. As always Flicks for Fans will have much for fans who attend the fest including great concession specials, »
- Tamika Jones
Netflix has exhumed a string of axed Us programmes recently – they are clearly looking at programmes such as Arrested Development, The Killing and Star Wars: The Clone Wars with a fresh calculation of risk. When a third series of Ripper Street was recommissioned last week, it became the first UK show to get an internet broadcast revival, and the first revival globally for Amazon Studios. Amazon will be the majority funder, getting an exclusive first window for the show. The BBC are part-investing, meaning that the series will get a later play on BBC One.
Simon Vaughan is chief executive of production company Lookout Point, who make the show alongside Tiger Aspect. He came up with the concept for the show, and exec produces. We spoke to him about how the deal came about, »
- Michael Berliner
Today Scream Factory revealed the final list of extras for their HD upgrade of the first Slumber Party Massacre, including the original title treatment during the opening credits (seen below) that was absent in Shout!’s initial DVD release. The Corman distributed slasher-cum-parody classic from director Amy Holden Jones will be released March 18th!
Check out the extras below, and pre-order yours using the link below!
New HD Transfer From The Original Camera Negative New interview with actor Rigg Kennedy Sleepless Nights: The Making Of The Slumber Party Massacre Audio Commentary With Director Amy Holden Jones, Actors Michael Villela And Debra De Liso Theatrical Trailer
When Trish 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, »
- Justin Edwards
ABC's new medical drama "The Black Box" isn't going to be the next "Grey's Anatomy" for the network, and that's not what it's supposed to be. The 13-episode limited series intends to show "brilliant neurological cases" that allow main character Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) to shine. The only catch? Catherine suffers from manic bipolar disorder.
But similar to "Homeland's" Carrie Mathison, Reilly's character isn't defined by her mental illness. Instead, executive producer Amy Holden Jones explains at TCA 2014 winter press tour, "It is a part of the character. It is not what the show's about."
Like "House," each episode of "The Black Box" will focus on at least one neurological case. And when Catherine is on her meds, Reilly and Jones say, the doctor is at the top of her game. It's only when she comes off her medication -- which, understandably, happens in the show's first episode -- that »
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage. The pilot process has been a running theme at TCA since Fox’s Kevin Reilly said his network plans to scrap the tradition. The question loomed large again at today’s panel on the new ABC drama The Black Box. Producers were asked whether the show benefited from a straight-to-series episode order. Related: ABC Sets ‘Black Box’ Premiere Pros and cons, said Eps Amy Holden Jones and Ilene Chaiken, who appeared on the panel with director Simon Curtis and Kelly Reilly, who stars as brilliant and bipolar neuroscientist struggling with the urge to forgo medication in order to get the creative “highs” characteristic of her disorder. Chaiken said the pilot process can make a creative team feel “constrained and competitive” and called going straight to series “a much more free way to make television. We are really being given wide berth to »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
As far as 80s slasher flicks go, their poster art doesn't get much more iconic than Slumber Party Massacre's, which is set to adorn a Blu-ray case for the very first time. Read on for all the details about Scream Factory's latest release!
From the Press Release
This March 2014, loyal fans and horror enthusiasts are invited to join Scream Factory™ for the ultimate sleepover when Amy Holden Jones’ The Slumber Party Massacre, starring Michele Michaels (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown), Robin Stille (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama), Michael Villela (Wild Orchid) and Andree Honore (Strange Reality), debuts on Blu-ray™ for the first time on March 18, 2014. This highly collectible Blu-ray edition features new high definition transfer and killer bonus content. A must-have for all slasher fans and movie collectors, this definitive Blu-ray release of The Slumber Party Massacre is priced to own at $24.97 Srp.
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) helped »
- John Squires
This March 2014, loyal fans and horror enthusiasts are invited to join Scream Factory™ for the ultimate sleepover when Amy Holden Jones’ The Slumber Party Massacre, starring Michele Michaels (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown), Robin Stille (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama), Michael Villela (Wild Orchid) and Andree Honore (Strange Reality), debuts on Blu-ray™ for the first time on March 18, 2014. This highly collectible Blu-ray edition features new high definition transfer and killer … Continue reading →
Scream Factory is giving 1982′s The Slumber Party Massacre a high-def upgrade in March and they’ve provided us with the official release details:
“This March 2014, loyal fans and horror enthusiasts are invited to join Scream Factory™ for the ultimate sleepover when Amy Holden Jones’ The Slumber Party Massacre, starring Michele Michaels (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown), Robin Stille (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama), Michael Villela (Wild Orchid) and Andree Honore (Strange Reality), debuts on Blu-ray™ for the first time on March 18, 2014. This highly collectible Blu-ray edition features new high definition transfer and killer bonus content. A must-have for all slasher fans and movie collectors, this definitive Blu-ray release of The Slumber Party Massacre is priced to own at $24.97 Srp.
- Jonathan James
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