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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Slumber Party Massacre • Slumber Party Massacre III

Slumber Party Massacre III

“I don’t want to play this game anymore.”

Driller Killer’s Back! But He’s Different…

It was inevitable with the successes of The Slumber Party Massacre and Slumber Party Massacre II that Roger Corman would want a third film made. Again, he chose to have a female writer and female director which is a nice change from the norm – particularly for the era. But why does this one feel separate from the first two? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we conclude our Slumber Party Massacre series with a conversation about Sally Mattison’s 1990 film Slumber Party Massacre III.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

This film drops any connection to the story and characters from the first two films. Why? Where do we then find connective tissue in this trilogy? Is it just because we have a killer with a drill? It seems thin. And the fact that we have characters named the same from the first film just isn’t enough. We miss the parody elements and feminist approach too. It feels like they decided to just make a straight-up slasher film. They even go so far as to give the killer what feels like tropey psychological damage from sexual abuse suffered as a child at the hands of his uncle. It could’ve been interesting, but they only add just enough to make it feel cliche. It’s fairly disappointing.

Regardless, it still gives us plenty to discuss. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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