The Deuce Presents: SLumber Party Massacre film print at Nittehawk movie at 930p

This once-controversial entry in the slasher film cycle of the early 1980's looks like a period piece by modern standards but still has a charm all its own for fans of trashy horror flicks. Screenwriter Rita Mae Brown, better known for her feminist fiction, intended for her script to be played as a satire but director Amy Jones instead plays it straight. As a formula slasher film, it's not bad. Characterizations tend towards the formulaic but Brown shows a better understanding of female relationships and banter than her male counterparts usually do. The young female leads are pleasant but mostly interchangeable: the standout performances come from Jennifer Meyers as an amusingly bratty kid sister and Michael Villella as the sweaty, bug-eyed killer. Jones imitates a lot of the stylistic tics John Carpenter displayed in Halloween (prowling camerawork, an ominous synthesizer score, using suburban settings to ironically creepy effect) and builds a decent amount of suspense. She doesn't shy away from sleaze (a gratuitous shower scene is taken to self-parodic extremes) and creates an effectively tense and bloody finale. In short, The Slumber Party Massacre isn't likely to interest anyone outside the horror movie fanbase but those fans will find it to be a solid little programmer.

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  • Eric

    Lots of fun!

    June 13

  • Shawn

    Thursday's my first free night, but I am still game to do the membership.

    Do you wanna get to the Nitehawk early and grab a bite there?

    June 9

    • Shawn

      I'll just eat before. No problem. 1st Ave. L at 8 p.m. it is. I think I'll buy my ticket beforehand, though -- just to avoid selling out.

      1 · June 10

    • Shawn

      I've got my ticket good to go.

      June 11

  • steve

    Eric & Shawn, do you two want to meet at 8pm on the 1st ave L stop?

    June 10

    • Eric

      I'm down for some Dairy Queen B4 or when we get back. Yummy.

      June 10

  • Eric


    June 10

  • steve

    Yes, we can do that...are you around before Thursday so we can get the dual membership for anthology?

    June 8

  • Shawn

    Do you wanna meet at the 1st Ave. Station?

    June 8

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