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I love the first SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE partially for nostalgia value
but mostly because it's a genuinely fun movie, so I figured I'd give a
go at this one, ignoring warnings such as the 4 Star Joe Bob review on
the front of the video box. I watched it with several friends, and I'll
tell you what, we never had such a good time making fun of a brain-dead
exploitation movie before. This one really does reach new depths of
stupidity, and for that reason alone I adore it!
The plot is basically summed up in the title - Jackie (Keely Christian, whoever she is) throws one last sleepover party for her giggly high-school friends (who look no younger than 25), some dumb guys sneak over and try to scare them and a psycho killer shows up with his portable electric drill and starts laying into these idiots. Apparently the ladies in the house don't know how to open a door or window to escape, which becomes almost a running gag after awhile. They also hilariously fail to subdue the killer despite being given half a dozen chances to do some serious damage. The list of possible suspects is pretty ridiculous, especially the peeping tom next-door-neighbor, who spies on the girls dancing topless with his telescope, and "The Weirdo," a mute voyeuristic albino who earlier in the day was caught staring at the girls during their beach volleyball game.
There's one moment of sheer hilarity when the psycho surprises a guy at the door with his large, high-powered drill, sending a half-dozen lingerie-clad babes shuffling back and forth in front of the camera in a panic. Another highlight is Maria Ford's gratuitous bare-ass shot as she tries to escape up through the basement window but keeps falling. And we've all seen the standard electrocuted-in-bathtub death scene countless times before, scene, though instead of the usual hair dryer or radio being tossed in the tub, this time it's caused by a vibrator that one character plugs in and leaves sitting on the sink while she's taking a bath. A guy who gets his feet cut off with a chainsaw manages to crawl all the way back across town to the house in a matter of minutes. The acting (aside from the guy who plays the killer, who's awful) really isn't too bad for this type of film, some of the songs on the soundtrack are pretty good and if you like your movies trashy, bloody and silly, you'll find a lot to enjoy here. For sheer entertainment it gets a 7 out of 10 but playing by the rules of movie reviewing (i.e. quality), it's about a 3. I'll go ahead and give it a 4.
This flick is loaded with those great ingredients that make a great slash flick. But this flick actually has moments of intensity with a truly insane psycho driller killer with some hilarious dialogue. This flick also has the dumbest slash victims in slash history. These girls are trapped in their own home. They have about 100 chances to escape and yet they stick around and run upstairs to hide. Awesome! I want extra cheese on my slash flicks. This flick has a big body count, a truly crazy killer, and a dozen red herrings- oh yeah and these girls are in their underwear for most of the flick. You got to love these type of flicks.
After a hard day of partying on the beach a group of girls head to Jackies
house for a slumber party. Little do they know a weirdo has followed them
home. As the party begins, the girls drink beer, a weird neighbour spys on
them and the freak from the beach hangs around outside spying on them. The
guys turn up to scare the girls and get invited to the party. One of the
girls invites a guy named Ken that she meet on the beach to the party.
Before long a dead body is found in the closet and the girls panic. It's
long before they are all being chased by a psycho wielding a drill.
WOW, I truly loved Slumber Party Massacre III, it was a great movie, but I had to look past a few things, most of the girls and guys could not act, the character were very stupid, they kept knocking out the killer then running off, leaving him to get up and resume killing. If you look past the stupidity of this movie you begin to see how much fun it is. The twist with this one is that the killer is one of the teenagers, or one of the weirdos, we don't find out until halfway through, the killer also has more of a character, he isn't just an escaped mental person, or someone that just decided to show up for no reason. The is alot of gore in this movie (and I saw the cut version) the deaths aren't all drills, there is a chainsaw and even a for sale sign comes into play. Over all this is the best of the three, many might disagree with me, but it's my opinion and I love this trilogy and I think the third is the best.
This movie was very good for a B movie. The last 20 min of mayhem were
wonderful. Maria Ford's acting was superb. Our favorite character was
Janine because she was a dits. Hope Marie Carlton was good for the role.
We loved Keely Christian's (Jackie) voice. Suzie was the sickest character.
Get away from me Suzie. We are going to order this movie through the mail
because it is so exciting!
Dylan and Anthony
If you didn't enjoy any of the previous films, than you probably will find no enjoyment from this one. However, I did enjoy this first film and I absolutely hated the second one. Now, we have another group of beautiful California co-eds who decide to throw a slumber party because someones parents are out of town for the weekend. Once these girls bust out their bikinis and brew, the terror begins. However, this time, it's not Russ Thorn or a 1950's resurrected rock star. Instead, it's a rather normal looking individual. And yes, he comes along with a drill. Check this movie out if you want to see people getting drilled from the front seat of a car, electrocuted in a bathtub and then stuffed in a garment bag, or maybe you want to see someone get impaled with a house for sale sign. There's plenty of good stuff here with SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE III. 9/10
This movie was so hilarious. The guy who wore all black was really weird. I never thought that I would be surprised at who the killer really turned out to be. The title of this movie does have a significance to it, that this is a movie made not only for slumber parties (very much so it is), but also for people who love slasher flicks (like myself). On a scale of 1 to 10, I give this movie an 8 (good enough to view).
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Third instalment of the SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE series, despite the
title & makers of the previous two films, is an in name only entry that
has no connections to the first two films & is nothing more than a
remake of the 1982 original, done much more violently & is not as
inventive as the first film. With yet another crazed killer attacking
the usual pretty heroines who are running around in their underwear &
their lust filled beau's who decided to crash the party. The producers
this time tried to give us a mystery killer to make it a little
different from the two entries that proceeded it. But unless the box
art you got is different than mine, they failed, the killer is revealed
on the back of the video box! This time the killer is not a mental
patient, but rather a traumatized youth, who was molested by his uncle
& sets out to make his new found friends feel the brunt of his wrath as
a result of what happened. Staying true to the previous entries, he
also happens to love power drills, from which he uses one to bore holes
into everyone of them, with the remaining intended victims attempting
to stop his bloody rampage. The problem with SLUMBER PART MASSACRE III,
is that a lot of the scenes from the original were repeated here, the
pizza delivery person who gets drilled to death, the boyfriends who
show up unannounced, the next door neighbour (in this case a creepy
older male, while in the first, it was a pretty girl their age who
winds up saving the remaining intended victims) who the girls shun. The
boyfriend who pleads with the girls to open the door only for them to
ignore his plea's while the killer gets to him first. A soon to be
victim who opens the door assuming everything is alright only to get
drilled (in this case a boy, while in the first film it was a dark girl
who opens the door & gets killed) Thus there was hardly any suspense to
the scenes & the likable teens from the previous entries (Well at least
some of them were likable) is almost scarce here & the film falls back
on the usual clichés of the girls calling the cops for help & the cops
not believing them, running up the stairs when they have so many
opportunities to gather together & run out the front door to escape him
(but I guess if they did we wouldn't have a movie) The films killer is
interesting though, he's fairly good looking & is a good actor, making
the girls crush on him really believable & I thought he was creepy when
he slipped into slasher mode, as he often times switches personalities,
to a wise cracking killer, to a scared frightened little boy, which he
does when he recounts his childhood during the rampage running & hiding
from his uncle (at one point he cries & says he doesn't want to play
this game anymore), he's sympathetic at times, almost as if he's
forgotten the murders he's committed thus far & actually shows feeling
(he cries a little after he sees his girlfriends body stuffed in a
garment bag), like he's disgusted with what he is seeing, to
transforming into his uncle's abusive personality & recounts some of
the things his uncle yelled at him when he was younger (the killer
barks out commands for the girls to do as he says & treats them like
he's scolding little kids). That aside however, although I liked the
film it's not inventive, the first did a sex switch take on the usual
females stalked by a maniac slasher movie, the girls in the first were
tough, sassy, smart & sophisticated, with a lot of the roles usually
played by men in these kinds of movies, given to wome n, such as a gym
coach, electrician etc. the girls in the earlier entry fought back
against the killer, suffered much less horrible fates, while, the guys
were the dumb ones that needed saving, SPM 3, however decided to follow
the path of the vast majority of slasher films, although all the males
dies horrible deaths as well, it's the men here that are smarter &
tougher & come to the rescue of the girls, while make the female
characters weak, frail, terrified, dumb & suffer far more horrible
deaths, with one of the girls raped in a disturbing scene towards the
end of the film. The killers past when revealed as to what happened to
him & his violent rampage as he beats up the girls, before killing them
& their beau's & his constant personality switches, as he recounts his
emotions during certain times, as he was running from his uncle or
mistreated & is also somewhat disturbing in the LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
vein. Nonetheless the film is better than most of what is languishing
on the shelf & fans of the series should love this, but if you hated
the first two then don't bother with this.
On the back of the box art for the original VHS release scenes from JIM WYNORSKI'S SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE 2 were added by mistake, since both films were filmed at the same time & in the same house & bored almost similar titles & plots.
SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE III (1990)
starring: Keely Christian, Brandi Burkett, Maria Ford, Maria Claire, Hope Marie Carlton, David Lawrence, David Kriegel, Brittain Frye, Lulu Wilson, Garon Grigsby, M.K. Harris, David Greenlee.
plot: Jackie (Keely Christian) decides to invite her girlfriends over for a slumber party before she has to move away with her parents. Jackie is made a little uneasy when a strange man stares at her and her friends at the beach and her weird neighbor, Morgan (M.K. Harris) looks around the house suspiciously. By night, the girls are having fun just when the guys show up. But just when the guys show up, a drill-wielding masked psychopath stalks and kills them one by one. When the killer is revealed, the remaining survivors ban together to try and make it out of the house alive!
the good: Yes, this is not very original, it borrows a killer motive from a very famous slasher film that I will not mention here, it borrows killer P.O.V. shots taken right out of HALLOWEEN and it has the same plot-line from the original THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, but all that does not say that this movie is bad, and not fun.
SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE 3 is a simple slasher film, a group of girlfriends gather for a slumber party, their boyfriends show up and they are killed off one-by-one by a masked killer, using the famous power-drill which is used in all three films.
One thing that impressed me was that three of the main characters, Jackie (Keely Christian), Diane (Brandi Burkett) and Susie (Maria Claire) all seemed very real and down-to-earth. Even though Christian and Burkett look like the usual bimbos, they are not. I'm glad that these three lasted the longest, although 1 or 2 of them might die, I won't give it away.
The final 20 minutes are also fun when the killer reveals themself while there are still a lot of character left to die, making many suspenseful and action filled scenes.
The score by Jamie Sheriff was also very creepy and it worked for the film.
the bad: The identity of the killer is not surprising at all. First of all it is just plain obvious, but it is also shown on the back of the movie box and in the trailer.
It also seemed pretty dumb that certain characters said dumb lines after they discover that there friends are dying. Like a scene in the living room when the characters are waiting for two of the guys to come back with weapons, one of them looks at the pizza stain on the rug and says "Jesus, the rug looks like crap!" Or when two of them are going in the basement to lock the window, one spots a sword-fish on the wall and just says "Nice fish!" What kind of a friend finds you dead in a garmet bag and complains about a pizza stain or makes a joke about a fish less then an hour later?!
This one is a lot better than the first one....it may not be up there with the greats, but it's worth seeing if ya wanna see girls running around in their bras and getting drilled to death! There should've been a special award given to this movie: Best Usage of a Drill! I haven't seen the 2nd one in the series...I plan to sometime...
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Director Sally Mattison and screenwriter Catherine Cyran eschew the usual playful humor that distinguished the first two immensely enjoyable films in this series in favor of a much darker, more harsh, and unpleasant approach to relating the standard story of an all-girls slumber party that's savagely crashed by a vicious killer brandishing an enormous power drill. The violence this time is extremely gory and sadistic, with the killer's distaff victims getting offed in assorted grisly and appalling ways (an electrocution by vibrator rates as the definite alarming highlight). The handsome and outwardly charming Brittain Frye makes for an unusual and interesting choice as the murderous Ken, who's the angry and unstable victim of sexual abuse by his police officer uncle. The gals are spunky and attractive, with stand-out contributions from Keely Christian as the cute and appealing Jackie Cassidy, the adorable Hope Marie Carlton as the cheery Janine, and Maria Ford as the foxy Maria, who sports a massive hairdo and bares her breasts prior to suffering a brutal and disturbing near rape by Ken and then meeting an especially gruesome untimely end. Moreover, the tone is quite grim and mean-spirited, with the deceptively breezy and lighthearted opening giving way to a much more cruel, twisted, and no-holds-barred ferocious sensibility that's anything but silly or inoffensive. It's this latter take-no-prisoners gritty and unflinching edge that in turn makes this slice'n'dice outing a movie that's deserving of greater respect and appraisal for boldly breaking away from the generally inane and innocuous mindset that was the prevalent attitude of the series prior to this last, most serious, and truly upsetting installment.
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