SLASHER MONTH: Slumber Party Massacre (2021)

Keeping up this series’ tradition, this 2021 reimagining is written and directed by women: Suzanne Keilly and Danishka Esterhazy, who also directed The Banana Splits Movie.

In 1993, Trish Devereaux was the only survivor of a massacre caused by Russ Thorn and his power drill. She’s raised her daughter Dana to be overly concerned with safety as a result, but that doesn’t stop her from going to the same campground with her friends — except they have an entirely different agenda.

This movie is the result of Shout! Factory buying the rights to 270 Roger Corman produced titles and decided to remake some of them. I did dig the tributes to the second film, which remains the best in the series, with the guitar and pillow fight sequence getting remade. Actually, that man-on-man pillow battle feels very much a tribute to David DeCoteau too.

Actually, this film is packed with fan service to those that are obsessed with the first and second film. And that’s absolutely fine. This is enjoyable fluff that kind of realizes what it is, has fun with it and doesn’t stick around all that long. Consider it junk food to get you past whatever this week has been doing to you.

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