Slumber Party Massacre Review: A Horror Revamp That’s Still Relevant And Funny

by | Oct 17, 2021 | Gaming

The Slumber Party Massacre series debuted in 1982. The film first followed a group of high school girls as their slumber party turns into a bloodbath thanks to Russ Thorn, a slasher who murders people with a giant drill. Two sequels followed with the most notable being Slumber Party Massacre II, which features a supernatural rockabilly murderer who uses his guitar drill to kill a group of girls, who are in a rock band. One thing has remained consistent about this series: they’ve all been written and directed by women interested in satirizing and playing with expectations within the genre.

In 2021, nearly 40 years after the release of the original, Syfy revamped the slasher series with Slumber Party Massacre written by Suzanne Keilly (Ash vs. Evil Dead) and directed by Danishka Esterhazy (The Banana Splits Movie–the horror remake). This isn’t the typical remake, though. It’s much more in line with what the original Slumber Party Massacre writer Rita Mae Brown reportedly intended the film to be: a parody of slasher movies. With that in mind, this new take works very well.

Syfy’s Slumber Party Massacre kicks off back in the 1990s where a group of young women are having a slumber party, and most of them are killed off, one-by-one by Russ Thorne, the Driller Killer, played by Rob van Vuuren. Thorne is defeated, seemingly killed, and tossed into a lake. Roughly 30 years later, a young woman named Dana (Hannah Gonera), is planning on having her own slumber party away from home in that same, infamous location.

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