Michelle Michaels ... Trish
Robin Stille ... Valerie
Michael Villella ... Russ Thorn
Debra Deliso ... Kim
Country: USA Runtime: 77 min AKA:The Slumber Party Murders, Sleepless Nights
I fondly remember the VHS cover for this movie. What a fucking long drill! It’s not your average drill, and probably used for heavy duty jobs. What a fantastic idea to have a psychopath run around with something like that, killing people. It certainly works well in this 80s slasher classic. Here‘s a little trivia you may not have known. This is one of the few slashers to be written and directed by a woman. It is also scream queen Brinke Stevens’ first credited role.
You’re eighteen and your parents are going out of town for the weekend. What do you do? Throw a party of course! Trish decides to have a girls only slumber party with all the fixings. I’m talking ’bout pot, booze, and lewd conversation about boys. What teenage boy wouldn’t give their left nut to peep through the window and maybe catch a boob or an ass. And that’s just what happens in this movie! It’s really good stuff, I’m telling you. Trish’s gal pals are juicy picks too. There is an amazing (and amazing barely sums it up) shower scene in the girl’s locker room area after b-ball practice that really gets the blood pumping through the pipes. You see these young ladies casually scrubbing their firm bodies with soap and yapping ‘bout all the things teenage girls talk about. Valerie is a new transfer student. She’s bummed because although Trish invited her to the party, she overheard some of the other girls saying mean things about her.
The movie gets the ball rolling from the start. Russ Thorn is a mass murderer who has just escaped from prison. I think he may like teenage girls (over 18 of course) as much as I do because he decides to crash the party. He doesn’t wear a mask and we know about him early on, but he’s just one step ahead of us; always in the shadows or around the corner. The drill kills are creative and bloody but I didn’t like this dude’s face. He didn’t scare me at all. I think a small child could probably overpower him and stick that drill up his ass. Regardless, he goes through the typical slasher film motions. This film is different from your typical 80’s slasher because the two girls left kick major ass. They aren’t just survivors, they run when they are supposed to, they pick up bats, knives, even machetes and fight back aggressively. They are smart and refuse to be hapless victims.
This movie is a lot of fun. Unfortunately the second half was not as good as the buildup. I believe the reason rests largely on the scrawny killer. There’s absolutely no background information on him and he simply just doesn’t stand out. This is still a cult classic and beloved film among horror fans because if the title doesn’t draw you in, the immortal shower scene will. You need to watch this if you’re into slasher films. There were two sequels made after this and after having seen the trailers, I’m not too excited.