The Slumber Party Massacre (Jones 1982)

The Slumber Party Massacre (Jones 1982)

This film is a cult classic. Written by Rita Mae Brown who also penned Rubyfruit Jungle and was an avowed feminist and civil rights advocate it was supposedly written as a feminist response to the first wave slasher films of the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, Amy Holden Jones who directed the film may have been more interested in producing something successfully commercial and possibly deliberately within the exploitation genre. We think we see both of these strains competing in the film. And as you might imagine, that makes for a unique film!

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The Slumber Party Massacre (Jones 1982)

TOPIC INDEX – The Slumber Party Massacre  (Jones 1982) (times are approximate) 

0:30 – Introductions
3:15 – Discussion begins
3:15 – Marshall’s history with the film
8:30 – the film’s messaging as relatively progressive (for 1982)
15:00 – satire and filmmaker intent
24:00 – nudity in comparison
25:00 – phallic symbols
29:00 – male gaze
30:00 – kills
40:00 – grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility

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