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Femme Fatalities: Slumber Party Massacre (1982) with short film

Opens on May 29

Director: Amy Holden Jones Run Time: 77 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1982

Starring: Andree Honore, Debra De Liso, Michael Villella, Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille

Country: United States
Language: English

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Slumber Party Massacre (1982) is presented with Jill Gevargizian’s short film The Stylist (2020).

About the film:

Amy Holden Jones turned down an editing job on E.T. to direct this movie. She made the right choice. Written as a commentary on the inherent sexism of slashers by feminist icon Rita Mae Brown (but shot completely straight), The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) is a terrific inside joke that also delivers the goods as a skid row photocopy of Halloween — complete with a killer who gets figuratively castrated when the tip of his power drill is hacked off.

With its stylized photography, plot points that involve pizza, and endlessly cool homemade synth score, The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) is a drop-dead masterpiece of subversive trash-horror.

About the filmmaker:

Amy Holden Jones is an American director and screenwriter. Early in her career, she won the AFI National Student film festival and worked as an editor for filmmakers like Roger Corman and Martin Scorsese. She worked on screenplays for feature films such as Mystic Pizza (1988), Beethoven (1992)Indecent Proposal (1993), and The Relic (1997). Her directing credits include the cult classic Slumber Party Massacre (1982), Love Letters (1983), Maid to Order (1987) and The Rich Man’s Wife (1996). In recent years, and in recent years, created TV series like ABC’s Black Box and Fox’s The Resident.

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