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The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

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A high school student's slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the party.


(as Amy Jones)





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Michaels ...
Trish (as Michele Michaels)
Robin Stille ...
Michael Villella ...
Russ Thorn (as Michael Villela)
Kim (as Debra Deliso)
Diane (as Gina Mari)
Jennifer Meyers ...
Joseph Alan Johnson ...
Neil (as Joe Johnson)
Jim Boyce ...
Rigg Kennedy ...
David Contant (as Ryan Kennedy)
Jean Vargas ...
Telephone Repairwoman
Anna Patton ...


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. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don't Open the Door  »

Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The big conclusion in the backyard with the swimming pool was added to the movie in a reshoot. See more »


When Trish's parents are leaving in the car, Trish's mom tells her to not forget to lock the doors and windows. Between shots, Trish's stance and the position of her arms and hands on the window changes. See more »


Diane: Y'know, I think your tits are getting bigger.
Various Girls: MINE?
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Edited into Sorority House Massacre II (1990) See more »

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Amelia, It Was Just Another False Alarm
7 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although most of the 18-year-old girls in 1982's "The Slumber Party Massacre" do some pretty dumb and questionable things, Trish (Michele Michaels) shows perfectly sound judgment when it comes to one area: When your parents split for the weekend, THAT is certainly the time for an "open house"! Doritos? Check. Beer? Check. Maui Wowie? Check. Pizza? Check. Too bad, though, that psycho driller killer Russ Thorn has just busted out of jail and has decided to crash the party... Anyway, although my beloved "DVD Delirium" book claims that this film has not "a single moment of cinematic fat" in its 78-minute length, I would have to respectfully disagree. There are SO many instances of false alarms here (you know the kind I mean...you think the boogeyman is about to pounce and it turns out to be a cat or something) that things get rather annoying. Sure, I know that these moments, used with discretion, can add to a film's suspense, but when you string over a dozen of them together, it gets pretty old and downright frustrating. The last 20 minutes of the film are fine, though, as nutzo Thorn tries to finish his night's work with a clean party sweep. It is a little hard to believe that this film, which revels in topless shots and shrieking bimbos, was written by feminist author Rita Mae Brown and directed by another woman, Amy Jones. Still, it IS a group of women that ultimately gives Thorn a tough time, after the doofy boys fail (although it is fairly obvious who will be the last girls standing). And I just love it when Robin Stille's Val delivers that symbolic castration! Too bad that future "scream queen" Brinke Stevens has such a small role here, though; wotta looker! Anyway, this movie is fairly lame but somewhat fun. You probably know what to expect.

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