Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

‘The Slumber Party Massacre’ is one of the most well known slashers of the sub-genre’s early 80’s golden age more so than anything else for its title and for that famous poster artwork (see above). The film is all too often cast aside due to its typical flat style of filmmaking, employing just a point and shoot mentality at the gory murder set-pieces displaying a exploitative nature and entailing a basic premise with a non-existent plot, wafer thin characterisation and bad acting (although the girls here are a generally likable bunch). All of this is synonymous with the slasher movies of this era. However, it is a better film than it is given credit for. Dig a little deeper into its production history and you will find, as I am sure many hardcore genre fans already know is that beneath all this is actually a smart feminist spoof of the sub-genre trying to get out from its screenplay to the screen. This largely contributes to the movie’s cult status along with that it is also just a very enjoyable slice of cheesy entertaining slasher shenanigans.

Friday, 9 November 2012

House at the End of the Street (2012)

So just how bad is ‘House at the End of the Street’ then? Well, put it this way it would be very easy for me right now to lose my faith in humanity or with less exaggeration the American movie going public to be more precise. When a minority of an audience turns out for ‘Dredd’ the very same opening weekend - one of the purest most hardcore sci-fi actioners ever made - and instead a large majority makes this woefully dull teen drama disguised as a horror film a $31 million domestic hit on a $10 million budget a dark shadow of depression cast over me.