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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Michaels ...
Trish (as Michele Michaels)
Robin Stille ...
Michael Villella ...
Russ Thorn (as Michael Villela)
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Kim (as Debra Deliso)
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Diane (as Gina Mari)
Jennifer Meyers ...
Joseph Alan Johnson ...
Neil (as Joe Johnson)
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Jim Boyce ...
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Brinke Stevens ...
Rigg Kennedy ...
David Contant (as Ryan Kennedy)
Jean Vargas ...
Telephone Repairwoman
Anna Patton ...
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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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12 November 1982 (USA)  »

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Don't Open the Door  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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In the background when Kim is hurling ornaments at the killer in Trish's bedroom, you can see the book "Rubyfruit Jungle", by Rita Mae Brown, this film's writer. See more »

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When the two boys are walking away from the telephone repair woman's van, one of the boys drops a book, and hands his friend two folders, and picks up his book. Suddenly in the next shot the friends hands are empty, and the two files are back in the other boys hands. See more »

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Courtney: How come you weren't invited to the party?
Valerie: I was, I just turned them down so I could take care of my darling little sister.
Courtney: Like hell.
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California Girls & a Psycho Meet
6 February 2005 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

One gets exactly what one is promised in this somewhat low-budget slasher film that would go on to spawn at least a couple sequels. The film's premise is about a group of girls & company(voyeuristic boys, a neighbor, a basketball coach, etc...)spending an evening together for a slumber party only to have things go awry when an escaped serial killer with a penchant for drilling people to death comes onto the scene. This film has two points to make primarily: one, kill as many people as possible in the most unnatural ways possible and two, mix as much senseless nudity, sexual innuendo, and sophomoric humour into the film without turning it to a comedy rather than a slasher flick. Well, Slumber Party Massacre is fairly successful on both counts. There are a lot of murders, particularly with characters that are not characters(pizza guy?). The film is fairly gory but not hyperbolic by any means. I was more disturbed by the screenwriter's lack of humanity and the director's lack of good taste and sense more than what I saw on screen. One can make a film like this and create characters we care about and place some value on life. When one character dies after another in some weird way, the audience becomes removed from what is going on in the film and what is going on in the film becomes something distant. OK, enough of my sermonizing on the need of directors, writers, and audiences putting a little more value into human existence. As for the film, it is not a good one ,but it is not real bad either. I have seen far worse. The actors and actresses, despite the ridiculous lines that must utter, are efficient. The girls too are lovely to look at. The killer is, well, a type that has been unfortunately seen in far too many films despite his lack of dimension and purpose.


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