Slumber Party Massacre 3 title

Tag line : It's Driller Time and This Bit's for You!

Slumber Party Massacre 3Whilst the previous movie, "Slumber Party Massacre 2", may have had its faults, it had proven to be a huge success on home video, and was actually one of the highest grossing films that Roger Corman's New Concorde studios had released to date.

So, deciding a third film was in order, he decided to do what had worked so well before and hire a female director and writer, namely Sally Mattison and Catherine Cyran respectively, to come up with a script and produce the film.

Ignoring the previous movies, a group of girls and their respective boyfriends are having an all night party at one of their houses whilst their parents are away. Unfortunately, someone happens to be prowling around outside, and it isn't too long before the bodies begin to pile up.

Seems there's another killer on the loose, who enjoys carving people up with a large industrial drill, as the nubile youngsters proceed to get butchered in a suitably gory fashion. Suspicion immediately falls on the local weirdo, who was spying on the girls at the beach and was spotted hanging around earlier. But it turns out he's not the only one who's been watching them, as it seems the eccentric neighbour with a high power telescope has been gazing at more than just stars.

As with the previous films, there's some nice gory scenes, along with the obligatory scenes of female nudity, which we've come to expect from these. But essentially though, the movie is just basically a retread of the first, with a few plot twists thrown in.

There are however some noticeable differences between this and the others, in that the identity of the killer isn't revealed until later on in the film, plus the industrial power drill isn't his only weapon, as there are some other inventive murders including death by a chainsaw, death by wooden stake, death by vibrator (no, SERIOUSLY) and even death by a "For Sale" sign.

Gone also is the dark humour of the previous movies, in favour of the straight forward approach and overall I would say this is a decent enough follow up. Perhaps not as good as the original, but it manages to keep the viewer entertained. So if you liked the other films, then you should enjoy this.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The intro scene, with the main cast playing beach volleyball, was actually filmed during January and everyone was freezing cold. On the second day of filming, it was so cold the beach was surrounded by fog, which is why you can see fog in the background in some shots.

  • The film's budget was $350,000.

  • Hope Marie Carlton, who plays Janine, was a former Playboy model and also starred in "Ghoulies 3" as Veronica. She also had a minor role in "Nightmare on Elm Street 4".

  • To date, the film has never been released in the UK.

  • A body double had to be used for the topless shots of Juliette during the love scene between her and Ken, as actress Lulu Wilson didn't feel comfortable appearing naked on camera.

  • The film was released in Turkey as "Stab in the Dark".

  • The Pizza delivery girl was played by Marta Kober, who also played Sandra in "Friday the 13th Part 2". Wayne Grace, who plays officer O'Reilly, also played a police officer in "Friday the 13th Pt 4 : The Final Chapter".

  • None of the girls in the poster artwork actually appear in the film.

  • During the scene in the living room where Janine announces that Juliette and Ken are "doing it" upstairs, as she enters the room, the films scriptwriter Catherine Cyan can be glimpsed in the background standing with her arms folded watching the filming.

  • Maria Claire also played Sally in "Society".

  • The old lumber yard that Ken and Frank break into looking for help was in actuality the old lumber yard where Roger Corman had his studios.

  • Originally released on home video in the US in a cut R rated version, which ran about 77mins long and toned down a lot of the killings that were in the original cut. They later released an unrated version, which ran about 80mins, and re-instated the excised gore and added a few extra dialogue scenes. For the US DVD release in 2000, they also added some additional dialogue scenes, which boosted the running time to 87mins. This same extended version of the film was later released on DVD by Shout Factory in 2010.

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