Friday, September 02, 2005

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

This was way more fun than I expected. It's a first-wave slasher film, true, but it's blessed with a sense of humor about itself (the infamous pizza encounter). It's also fairly clever at times (check the telltale blood trail in the early killing at the gym). Also not to be discounted: The producers may have missed the satiric feminist slant of Rita Mae Brown's original screenplay, but the subtext is undeniable. Tons of phallic symbols, castration anxiety, female characters who aren't complete bimbos, my-dick-is-bigger-than-yours paranoia, "You know you want it"... it's not like this shit is hard to find, people. Taken as cinema in general, this film isn't great shakes; however, when judged by the merits of the slasher genre, this movie's awesome.

Grade: B-


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