We've passed by this iconic cover sooo many times on the video store shelves, but would you believe that neither of us had seen Slumber Party Massacre until now? Or that it was written by feminist author Rita Mae Brown?
Well, thanks to listener request, we finally found an excuse to check out the Driller Killer in all his phallic, penetrative action. Hard to believe this is the first in a series of three Roger Corman-produced slumber party massacres. And a remake is in the works!
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The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
Episode #258, 2 Guys and a Chainsaw
Todd: Hello and welcome to another episode of Two Guys and a Chainsaw. I’m Todd,
Craig: and I’m Craig
Todd: This week, we go to another listener request. This. Was requested by two guys, mark and Josh, we’re fulfilling your wish talking about 1982’s Slumber Party Massacre. I’m sorry. THE Slumber Party Massacre today. Correct.
Now this movie is kind of iconic. I mean, it is iconic. It’s the first of the series of slumber party massacres of which there are three and apparently there’s more of what you might call it. Sex trilogy. What do you call it with six deck cology deck. I don’t know. Six of them. There’s six movies that are of the Roger Corman produced massacre series, slumber party massacre one, two and three, and then sorority house massacre, one, two and three, which are scary.
Tangentially related to this, they kind of feed off of each other and they were produced by they’re all produced by Roger Corman. The one shocking thing about this film is that it is the first horror series to be written and directed by women. I think all three in this. Of slumber party massacres were directed by women.
And the writer of this film is none other than a feminist writer. Rita Mae brown originally wrote the screenplay titled sleepless nights, and she intended it to be a parody of slasher films. However, There was a woman looking for to make her directorial debut. Uh, she was an editor and writer, uh, in Hollywood, got involved with a friend of Roger Corman and he passed her a bunch of scripts and she picked this one out of the lineup.
They retitled it The Slumber Party Massacre and they shot it just as a strict horror film in Roger Corman fashion. Although she said she didn’t find the original very funny and had to actually insert. Comedic elements into it. So it has an odd pedigree, this film. I just remember it as a kid passing by it on the shelves, weirdly enough, this is exactly the kind of movie that we would have picked up from our Friday night jaunts to the video store, me and my friends, when we would do what we called stupid movie night.
And we would mostly pick up either goofy 80 sex comedies or. Dumb looking eighties, horror films, and this movie has a poster slash cover art that is kind of unmatched. It’s the most suggestive thing you could imagine. There is a four women almost naked laying down on the ground. Um, and there’s a guy standing over them, his legs spread, and there’s a drill.
Coming down between his legs towards one of the women, especially who is laying down on the ground with her mouth open. I mean, all you need is just something dripping off of this drill, like blood say to just complete the whole picture of what I feel like this poster is going for and succeeds. And so anyway, yeah, I used to pass by this all the time on the shelves.
I don’t know why we never picked it up and watch a part. This is one of the few we didn’t, I’m a big fan of sorority house massacre too, which we’ve done on the show and you’ve got to go back and listen to that. It’s one of my all time favorite, stupid horror movies. And that actually pulls from this film.
It takes footage from this movie. And repurposes it as a flashback sequence.
Craig: Right. But like out of context, right.
Todd: Different story line, different, whatever. It’s just like typical Roger Corman, right? Hey, we’ve got this footage from a movie we own land, just chuck it in and use it however you want. But I found sorority house massacre to infinitely more entertaining than this movie.
I’m just going to come right out and say it right there. Uh, gross 3.6 million at the box office on a budget of $220,000. Critical reviews are not great, but apparently it’s kind of a cult classic. In certain circles. Craig, how about you? What we’ll get to it. How about you? How did you feel? Well, what’s your background?
Had you seen this before? You have to have
Craig: seen this before? No, I don’t think so. Um, I know that there is one part that I saw, but I really think that I had just seen that one part and I don’t remember if it was in some kind of compilation of like stupid scenes or if I just happened to see that it was on cable and stuff.
For a second and just saw this one part. Um, but it was so dumb. Uh, I don’t even know my real life that it was from this movie, but when I was watching the movie, I was like, oh, I have seen this part so stupid. Yeah, no, I don’t know. I, when we were kids, I wasn’t as drawn to these movies that you could tell were going to be bad.
I mean, I certainly inadvertently watched lots and lots of bad movies, but the ones that you could just tell from the box art, that that’s what it was going to be. And, and that’s what it was kind of intended to be. I was more interested in being scared. That’s not to say that I didn’t watch these types of movies on up all night all the time.
I certainly did. Yeah. And, uh, I do, you know, the, okay. Couple of things. First of all, Rita Mae brown I’m as an English teacher, I should be more familiar with her. I’m really more familiar just with her name. Um, and the fact that she’s a feminist writer, uh, she wrote Ruby fruit jungle, which has been on my to read list for decades.
Haven’t gotten around to it. So it’s crazy that a very serious reputable feminist author wrote this exploitation film. Now the fact that she intended it as parody makes a little bit more sense, but then, uh, Or Amy Holden Jones, like you said, wanted to direct, um, she was and remains successful, you know, as a technician, a camera person, a cinematographer.
Um, but she’s only directed four movies. And one, I only knew one of those movies and I don’t know, I remember what year it came out, but it started Allie Sheedy and it was called, made to order. And my sister. Loved that movie when we were growing up it’s eighties and cheesy and stupid, but it’s got, um, Allie Sheedy in it.
It’s got Beverly D’Angelo and it’s a Cinderella story, a reverse Cinderella story where this rich snobby socialite very badly behaved her fairy godmother in the form of Beverly D’Angelo comes and turns. Her makes her poor and she has to get a job as a maid. And of course, Learns the value of hard work and decency and she finds love and light.
Okay. It’s super corny and I love it, but this director faced a lot. Backlash for this movie because people said, you know, here you are a woman. There are so few women in horror, which is true. And so it’s nice to see, um, a project helmed by women. That’s very refreshing, but, uh, it is. Classic slasher exploitation, tons of moobs, um, you know, suggestive kills.
Uh, and, and I really enjoyed her response to the criticism. She basically just said, that’s not fair. Nobody criticizes me. When they make these types of movies, why shouldn’t I be able to do it? You know, she’s she was trying to launch a career as a director and arguably she did, she didn’t direct a lot more, but her other movies made money.
They weren’t huge, but they did fine. Um, and, and so I appreciated that she pointed out that double standard. So what, I’m a woman, these types of movies sell Roger Corman movies sell. That’s what he does. He’s in it to make money. Um, he, he pumps out cheap movies. Um, usually with high entertainment value, not super high quality, but they, they make money.
And, uh, that, you know, she took advantage of that. And so for that, I applaud her the movie on the other hand sucks. And the reason. I think it sucks is because it’s just completely paint by numbers aside from the fact that for unexplained reasons, this killer makes almost all of his kills with this ridiculously oversized industrial drill.
Aside from that, there’s nothing unique about it. There’s virtually no characterization, whatever it’s just introduced. A bunch of mid twenties playing high school kids. People. Yeah. Just lining them up for one kill after another. There’s no mystery to who the killer is. He’s just some random, crazy eyed guy.
With the giant journal who you see from the beginning, like there’s no mystery of who it is. Um, the only backstory for the killer is that he’s a psycho and he’s killed people before and he’s busted out of prison or the asylum or whatever, and he’s on the loose again. That’s it. Then there’s a slumber party.
And one by one, everybody gets killed. That’s it. There’s not enough speaking. To it. Um, and it was kind of frustrating. I mean, there, there are some fun kind of sight gags and some things, but, uh, over, I mean the acting isn’t good. The effects aren’t good. The blood doesn’t. I mean, the, the, the makeup effects of the wounds sometimes is okay.
Sometimes terrible, clearly just like painted on, um, the blood doesn’t even look like blood. It’s just Cairo syrup and like, I guess, red food coloring, but it’s not the color of blood at all. Ah, I don’t know the here’s, you know what the best part about the mood? I bet you can
Todd: guess it’s not even an hour and a half,
but damn it. Does it not feel like two hours though? I mean,
Craig: it feels like at least an hour and a half. That’s not necessarily to say that it’s boring because it does move. I mean, they line up like a dozen people to get killed. So you have a kill every couple, every few minutes,
Todd: the body count is high in this movie.
Craig: But, uh, yeah, I mean, I don’t know what else you going to say about
Todd: it could be our shortest episode ever. And I’m really, I’m really shocked. I thought we’d have more to say, but I mean, the reality is, like you said, there’s no suspense, there’s no tension. I wasn’t feeling any anyway, it’s just, oh, here’s this guy.
And this girl turned the corner and there is and drill and she’s dead. You know, it’s a movie that feels like maybe it’s trying to be Halloween, you know, because it takes place in the suburbs and there’s a slumber party instead of a babysitting gig. And there’s a next door neighbor who ends up popping up.
But the honest to goodness truth is I couldn’t even keep track of who was who no, they all look the same, the same unique about any of them. And then again, uh, you know, to come from a script from a writer who, with some literary talent, perhaps now, I don’t know, you know, that was the original script. I’m sure it was modified over time.
So, you know, we can’t. Fault Rita Mae brown for that, but there’s very little characterization. I th I think nothing. That’s that interest. You know, it’s just all these kind of typical girls in high school who, who all, you know, as usual look like they’re 28 and not 18. There’s nobody to root
Craig: for. Like, no, there’s no, nobody stands out.
Right. The right. And usually. Types of movies. You can kind of pick out who the final girl is, you know, there’s, there’s one kind of sympathetic character or, or Virgin li character or something. And there’s just not here. I mean, Final girls of this large cast of young people. Most of them are dead by the end.
There are just a few left at the end. And I suppose you could argue there’s one girl, because she’s new to town. She’s kind of an outcast. That’s the only reason that she’s an outcast, unless you read between the lines. And she’s prettier than the rest of them. So maybe, maybe they’re all jealous. I don’t know, but there’s really no focus on her character.
It’s just setting her apart from everybody else so that she can be in a different location across the street and come in. And, you know, we keep checking in on her and her sister just doing mundane things at their house and like, like fighting with one another. Meanwhile, all of these girls, these teenage girls look like they’re old enough to teach high school and the, the, the younger sister, and I’ve seen this done in so many bad horror movies, they dress her super young and like put her in like, Pigtails and stuff to suggest that and give her a lollipop.
Yeah, a giant, like a big lollipop to lick on while she looks at Playgirl like, oh my God, it’s so silly, but she doesn’t look any younger than the rest of them. And then there’s another woman, a coach that apparently they all like, she’s like their gym teacher or something. Indistinguishable from the rest of them.
Like she could have just as easily played one of the teenagers. Honestly, I wish that there were specific things that I could point to as interesting. There’s not, it just, it opens up since suburbia. We literally see a newspaper headline that says mass murder of five. Russ thorn escapes. And then the main character Trish takes her clothes off.
And this is within the first three minutes. And so, you know, immediately what’s going on and then conveniently Trisha’s parents are leaving for the weekend, but the nada. Creepy neighbor, Mr. Content is going to be keeping an eye on her. And, uh, and why, why so many stupid things like, like this girl Trish woke up this day and apparently decided today.
I’m a woman and I’m going to pack up all of my childhood things in a bag and throw them in the garbage for no reason. Other than that, we get to see a creepy hand, pull her Barbie doll out of the garbage can so that, that can come back later. You
Todd: have to imagine that maybe in the original script, there was something of.
But maybe there was more character development and this, this became a thematic element, but, uh, I don’t know. That’s that’s pure imagination. Yeah. Come with me. If you will be pure imagination, much better movie than this one. Oh yeah. And scare
Todd: Oh, give me gene Wilder over this guy. Any day, this guy wanders around it was his first acting job, big surprise. And it’s so funny when you read the trivia and you know, a lot of this probably comes from the movie commentary, which I will never bother watching, but he mentioned that this being his first acting job, he spent all this time preparing for the role, read a book about a serial killer helter-skelter helter-skelter and then.
He decided that he needed to model his character after a peacock, which is funny
Craig: because I only read that after, but then when I read it, it was like, oh, that’s why he was walking like that
Todd: around and stuff. He doesn’t say anything until towards the end. And then apparently he also. Isolated himself from the rest of the cast during the shooting, you know, to stay in his character. It’s just so cute to read that because I know
Craig: Twain’s, it’s his first acting gig. He’s trying to go all method on this horrible movie
Todd: bug guide, looking around through this movie, like a peacock, I guess you could.
Craig: always right there and like there’s no reason. why he’s targeting these girls. Like, I guess he just happens to know they’re all going to be there. So he just like hides in the bushes where we can plainly see him as girls pour into this party. The first time we see him is when, so there’s also a couple of guys, Jeff, and some other guy.
I don’t know. It doesn’t matter because they have no character, but they’re just walking along like. Well campus and they hit on like a line woman or something like she’s like repairing the phones. You know, I’ve been having some ringing in my ear and my phone and I thought maybe a phone woman could help me up our old phone in this pretty, I wouldn’t know.
Would you ever consider dating a younger man? I mean, you know what they say about younger men? Try it. You’ll like it. I hadn’t really thought about it.
Well, my number side of board, if your number is zero, she is nice, but shuts him down. And he, Jeff and the friend keep walking the door of her van swings open, and somebody grabs her and pulls her from inside. Granted, this is midday, like rhyme day, right in the height in the parking lot of a high school pulls her in and she gets up and starts like pounding on the windows and screaming as these boys are walking away and they just don’t know.
And she gets drilled in the forehead right there in the van, in the parking lot. Oh man. And that’s just, that is seriously. I don’t know that there’s any point, like, no, the next thing is some girls like, oh, I forgot my book and the gym. And so she runs back into the gym and he follows her in there and he chases her around there and then he drills her.
Todd: it’s not just that it’s like painfully long and. You know, she’s hiding and then we get, oh God, five or six minutes of him full on poking around room to room, looking left and right. Going back to the room, going back to where he was standing there, looking left and right. Looking down, I mean, oh my God.
And. A lot of these movies, like we said earlier, there’s no question who the killer is, right. There’s no attempt to make him mysterious. There’s no, there’s no twist. There’s no mystery or whatever. He’s just a guy. And so he’s not interesting to watch. He’s not even interesting to watch stock these people with
Craig: a huge drill
Drill. And you know, when this thing turns on, even the sound department got it wrong. I mean, this drill should be, what would it be? Gas powered. I mean, you would have to be loud as hell, but he’s able to just kind of wander around with aplomb and. Drill through people, which is a really awkward method of killing when you kind of get down to it.
It even plays out kind of awkward in the movie. If people just get cornered in these situations where they can get drilled, you know, but a knife is a little more. Helpful. And I think they even know this because there are times in the movie where he just swings the drill to cut somebody open. Right. But it’s a metaphor.
I mean, of course it’s a
Craig: metaphor, right? I mean, he even gets castrated at the end. It’s real castrated. So stupid. Painful scene of them playing basketball, like again for a good five minutes. Like I do not see. Yeah. Just so you can watch their boobies flopping around a little bit. And then there’s a group shower scene where.
Some of them. And they’re all just chatting in the shower casually talking about this. Trish is going to have a party because her parents are gone or whatever I did read. I didn’t keep track of the actresses. A couple of these actresses, the actress who played Valerie, and one of the other actresses were both in sorority babes at the slime ball bowl.
Aroma. Yeah. Also
Todd: a better movie,
Craig: which I never would have watched if you hadn’t made me. But I really liked that movie.
Todd: It’s funny, isn’t it. So I
Craig: saw, you know, just a snippet from an interview from one of these, um, women who, and we’ve heard this before, you know, we talked to the Linnea Quigley and, um, this woman. Good. What she told us that if you wanted to work during this time, nudity was just expected. You did it, or you didn’t work.
So they did
Todd: it. Good jobs wouldn’t get because you’re right to take your top off. And that woman you’re talking about is brink Stevens. And she is a, she’s been in a thousand of these movies. She’s known for being the girl, taking her top off in these movies. But actually she’s not a bad actor. Either. So she’s one of these scream queen
Yeah. And she said that she’s glad that she’s of an age now that people don’t want her to take her clothes off.
Um, but apparently yeah. Some of these women did object to the nudity. So some of them put a tape over their nipples so that they wouldn’t be able to use any footage of them that showed them from the front. So some of them, you only see from the back, but I mean, again, it’s just exploitation, which is fine.
I mean, these are beautiful young women. Prime of their life. They look great if you’re into that. Great. I mean, this was part and parcel for the era and for the genre. So I’m not criticizing that. It’s just in fact I celebrate and applaud that in some movies, but in this, I mean, it’s just, like I said, it’s just paint by numbers.
It’s just like, okay. Kill somebody. Okay. Boobs. Okay. Somebody stalking, like
Todd: what. Even that wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t just so darn boring. I mean, I wasn’t interested in any of these characters. I had no, even their banter. Everything’s quite subdued. Like, there’s no drama going on. Like there’s no boyfriend jealous of some girl or guys who were sneaking over.
I mean the two guys kind of sneak over, right. They pop over the Lear in the window a little bit, but then the driller killer gets one of them outside before he even makes it in. And, uh, you know, there’s a pizza delivery guy gets drilled through the eyes, but you don’t even see it. You just see the aftermath, which doesn’t
Craig: even make sense.
No. How would the pizza guy be standing there holding the pizza with his eyeballs drilled out until they opened the door and he fell inside. And then, and then of course, you know, they know there’s a killer. So one of the girls, Trish was already on the phone with their coach because. Big debate about basketball scores from the game last night.
Like what, who are these girls? I didn’t know. These girls,
Todd: the worst thing about it is that they know there’s a killer and they don’t leave the house. Do they try to call the cops. They
Craig: try, she, she tries to, she gets the cops on the phone, but she dilly dally is in giving the address. And so by the time she starts to give the address, the killer cuts the phone line.
But yeah, like at that point there are still, I don’t know, probably four. Girls at least, and the boys are there. And of course they have the same stupid discussions that people always have in these movies where the boys are like, we should go for help. And Trish is like, well, maybe we should just all stay together yet.
You think like, there’s. One guy in like 25 of you, like shrilly I don’t know. But so the boys decide that they’re going to go out separately and look for help. And somehow, even though they run out of opposite ends of the house, they both end up getting killed within seconds of running outside. Yeah, it’s just, this guy can be anywhere.
And then they’re, they’re lurking, you know, they’re just kind of lurking in the house. Like I said, that Valerie, the new girl and her sister are like kind of watching from across the street and they maybe hear some screaming and they may be here a drill, but they’re not really all that concerned. And.
Like there’s dumb stuff where at 1.1 of the boys runs to their house and is pounding on the door. As the driller killer is coming up right behind them, uh, him and, um, he’s pounding on the door and screaming, but Valerie doesn’t know that because she’s watching a horror movie in which other people are pounding and screaming.
So she doesn’t go to the door and he gets killed and, uh, Eventually they make their way over there. But meanwhile, the other girls are just kind of cowering in their laundry. My F the part that I remembered seeing was a part where they’re kind of creeping around. And they stumble across the pizza guy and they’re like, maybe he’s not really dead.
Even though he’s been laying there for a half an hour with his eyeballs drilled out. No, I’m sure he’s fine. And one of them reaches down and was like, no, he’s already getting cold. And another girl is like, is the pizza. And she literally pulls the pizza. From under the dead body, sits it on top of the dead body.
And it’s like, when I get really nervous, the only thing that makes me feel better as if I eat. So she sits there and eats pizza off of the dead pizza guy.
Todd: Yeah. It’s the
Craig: second seconds later, there’s a knock on the door and they’re like, maybe it’s the police. And so the pizza girl gets up and opens the door. And of course it’s just the killer right there. And he slices her across the abdomen and she’s dead. Huh? At which point there are only a couple of them left.
Um, Trish and Kim. I liked Kim. I looked at her, uh, IMDV page. She she’s been in a lot of stuff. She has an interesting face, but again, they’re just cowering. Valerie comes over and is like coming through the house, looking for calling for them. And they’re like, we can’t call back because, um, then maybe the killer will know where we are.
And what if Valerie and the killer are friends?
Todd: Where did that come from?
Craig: So Valerie’s. Having not seen anything, I guess. And these two girls are just cowering in a bedroom, the killer sneaks in a window right behind them and kills one of them. I don’t know. It’s so dumb. I mean, he just, he just keeps showing up and killing people the end.
And then at the end, there’s a few of them left. There’s Trish, Valerie, and her annoying little sister Courtney and. The coach shows up, I guess she was worried or she really, really needed them to know the basketball score. So she shows up the only other gag that I thought was funny is when Valerie and Courtney are looking around the house, Courtney wants to steal beer out of the refrigerator and Valerie keeps going like, no, no you can’t.
And so Courtney keeps opening the door, but not looking in there. And every time she opens. Kim’s body is in there and falls out a little bit and then Courtney closes the door and she goes back in and she opens it again. And Kim’s body falls out a little bit. And then she goes back in. That was kind of,
Todd: yeah, that’s kind of classic though.
I mean, I don’t know if this was the first time we’ve seen that gag, but, well, it’s not the first time we’ve seen that gag, but I don’t know if it was the first time it ever appeared in a movie. Yeah, there’s that gag then there, the little gags where like, uh, oh, they’re making Kool-Aid. So it’s like mixing up some blood red liquid, or somebody drops a glass of wine on the floor, which, you know, splashes red bull, red blood looking stuff, you know, or it cuts from the drill to them.
Blending. There’s a cat scan is a cat scan.
Craig: There’s another scare where out of nowhere they hear shattering glass and then they go in the kitchen and it’s the coffee pot that Kim has left on the stove, burner, a glass coffee pot, and she’s like, oh, darn it. I left the burner on. And then she picks up the coffee pot and holds it by the bottom.
I thought that just shattered because it was hot. It’s lazy, it’s dumb. It gets to the end. And there’s nothing really, even to say about the end, like. It was a little fight. You think the coach is going to be the hero and she kind of is for a second, but then he gets her and then they have a fight out by the pool, which I also, so apparently initially they shot the.
Finale indoors in the same room where they’d been shooting everything else. And it was just ho-hum, which, you know, is par for the course with this movie. Um, but Roger Corman saw the initial cut and liked it. And so he threw a little bit more money at him and said, reshoot the end, make it more exciting.
And so they took it outside. By the pool. And I thought this was hilarious because Valerie is wielding a machete and she’s like backing up the killer and he looks down like, he’s like right on the edge of the pool. Like he’s afraid he’s gonna fall in or something. But it’s as though it’s as though he couldn’t just side step away from it.
Like I know, right. Take a step to the left. Well, you don’t have to keep going directly into the pool, but she swings her machete and she cuts off the tip of his drill, Hardy har har, and then I don’t know, she slashes hands and he goes in the pool. Yeah. It cuts off his hand, falls in
Todd: the pool, then they all embrace and you think he’s dead, but then he crawls out handless silently comes at them again.
I think gets one of them. And then he comes leaping towards who was it? Was it her? Valerie?
Craig: No, there’s only a few of them. There’s Valerie.
Todd: She had Trish that’s it? Three of them had, you know, is laying on the ground. Has the Michelle in her hand whips it, whips it around. And he basically leaps on this machete impales
Craig: himself on it.
Yeah. Yeah. And then you just see, you just see the three, yeah. The three remaining girls, all just laying on the ground by themselves sobbing and you hear police sirens, and then the credits are all like, Ugh, it was,
Todd: you get more, you know, you get the, the end credits and the beautiful score that we’ve been treated to, which is pretty typical for these horror films.
The score was done by the, I think it was the producer’s brother. Director’s brother. Ralph Jones and he recorded the whole thing on a tiny little Casio synthesizer. It sounds like it, but it’s, you know, it’s pretty typical for the era. It kind of set a stage anyway, actually reminds me a lot of the scores in these Roger Corman horror movies that were done around this time.
So I can’t fall to too much for that. It wasn’t, it wasn’t true. But, uh, it wasn’t great.
Craig: Yeah. According to the testimony of the people who worked on it, the director, the director went to one of the first screenings and she was just shocked when from the very beginning, the audience reacted to it really well.
They were screaming and laughing and, you know, yelling at the screen and, um, just having a great time. And she said that she went out into the lobby because that’s where Roger Corman was. Um, he wasn’t watching the film. He was just listening to the audience reaction and she went out and she’s like, what is going on?
What have we done? And, and he said something like, we just had the best opening. Was it new line that did this? I don’t remember world new world, new world. We just, we just had the best new world, uh, opening in history. It is. I mean, I, I get it, I guess, in the right context, if you, as I’ve said a bazillion times, if you were going to the theater with a big audience and you were all in it for the fun of it, and people were, you know, screaming and shouting things at the screen, I can see how the atmosphere would elevate.
V in some way. Um, but without that, there’s really nothing good to say about it. There are no standout performances. There are no standout kills or affects. Um, it’s all. Tame. I mean, he just, he either drills people or he slashes them with the drill or every once in a while somebody will come at him with a knife and he’ll get the knife away from them and stab them.
But that’s it nothing creative, nothing innovative. Um, really a pretty laughable performance by the guy who plays the killer. I don’t want to be overly critical. It was, you know, it’s crappy material. So it’s not like he had much to work with. And apparently he really tried. I don’t mean to be critical in that way, but the end product is just goofy, like goofy, not even in really a fun or clever
And that’s the most disappointing part about it. I think it’s, it’s just not that fun. I wish it could be fun. I mean, again, if I had maybe if, maybe like you said, if I’d watched it with my friends back in high school together, we, we might’ve had some fun with it, but it’s almost just too boring for that.
Craig: And I remember, I don’t remember particularly loving the second one, but if memory serves, it was way better than this one. I mean, it was still a bad slasher movie, but it was more fun. That’s the one. Yeah.
Todd: The driller killer is, is a guitar player.
Craig: All I remember is these girls, like they buy an old house, you’re going to renovate it where there were, where there were murders and what I remember not because I had seen the first movie, but talking with you about it, they do use the footage from this movie, but they changed the backstory entirely.
They like, but you’re
Todd: thinking of, you’re thinking of sorority house massacre too. Yeah, summer party massacre two was super campy, and I think we should do it sometime. The killer in that it has a, has a drill on the end of a guitar. He’s like. Ghostly supernatural hard rocker or heavy metal
Craig: dude. I can see in my mind, the box art, um, with the guy, with the guitar, with the drill on the end,
Todd: I remember that one being pretty campy, but I’m certainly more fun than this, but yeah, you’re talking about.
House massacre too, which is one of my favorite movies and you’re right. It, the acting is terrible. It’s also pretty pedestrian, but it just has a charm to it and a fun aspect to it that this one doesn’t, that was directed by Jim Weiner. Norske one of my, oh,
Craig: okay. Yeah. All right. Yeah. I feel like we’re being totally lame and have nothing interesting to say.
I’m sorry, audience, that you had to listen to us, have nothing to say about this.
Todd: Mark and Josh probably would have had, we should have had them on here to chat with us about, there is apparently a remake in the works, which can only be better than this. It’s supposed to come out this year by a director named
And I think she did, um, a few horror movies, including the banana splits movie from 2019. How about like a sort of, I saw that, is it good?
Craig: It’s campy and fun. It’s about, uh, animatronics that come alive and kill people. Right. And it’s, it’s based on, um, a kids cartoon, I think from the
Todd: seventies. Yeah. Like Jim Henson.
Craig: Yeah, it’s silly and stupid, but I, I had fun watching it. I mean, are there any other movies we should talk about?
Maybe we’ll see a couple of these, uh, women again sometime soon too, because the last I heard and this has been probably a month ago, so it’s probably over. Um, but last I heard Linnea quickly was shooting sorority babes too. Oh, man. Maybe we’ll get to see, uh, a couple of these, these ladies pop up, reprising their roles.
I don’t know. But when I saw that that was shooting, it kind of made me excited.
Todd: I’m sure it’s going to be a lot more fun to watch than this movie was. I don’t know. I don’t know. We’ll see. Thank you, mark. And Josh or suggesting it, nonetheless, this was a movie we were planning to get to eventually fun to talk about.
Nonetheless, it is a bit of history, you know, I mean, Iconic again. I can
Craig: say I’ve seen it now. Um, and that’s good. And when people ask, what about a slumber party? Masker? I’ve heard. That’s good. I can save well,
oops, let me, let me give you you a couple of other recommendations. Maybe now. When I finally get around to teaching Ruby fruit jungle, I can tell my students, the author also wrote the horror masterpiece, slumber party masker. And
Todd: you could show in school, right? Yeah. Movie day.
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