Slumber Party Massacre 2 is ridiculously, ludicrously, beautifully over-the top. Whereas some argue whether or not the first film in the series was meant as a spoof (the director, Amy Jones, describes it as a dark comedy), there is no such discussion to be had regarding the second installment; anyone who thinks the makers of Slumber Party Massacre 2 were taking themselves or their movie seriously is an idiot.
Slumber Party Massacre 2 takes place years after the first. Courtney, the youngest of the two Bates sisters from the first film, returns (this time played by Crystal Bernard) and suffers from odd nightmares, often featuring a man with a drill-tipped guitar. Her sister, Valerie, has been committed to a mental hospital, we learn, unable to cope with the events of Slumber Party Massacre.
Courtney and her friends rent a condo for a girls’ weekend away. Once there, they have a meal of corndogs and bubbly, grab sun by the pool and, of course, indulge in a fun little pillow fight (actually more of a feather fight).
The girls are in a band so the movie features numerous musical interludes, most of them provided by the real ’Eighties girl band, Wednesday Week. The song and dance routines only add to the movie’s overall goofiness and sense of fun. Nothing here is to be taken seriously.
The horror elements are equally smile-inducing and more reminiscent of the Nightmare on Elm Street films than of the original Slumber Party Massacre—at least at first. Courtney’s dreams begin to encroach on her reality. A girlfriend’s idle talk of zits brings on an image of her friend`s face exploding in a shower of what looks to be yellow egg yolk. Her visions lead to a premature call to the police (the cops who show up are named Officer Voorhees and Officer Krueger) as Courtney and her friends begin to question her sanity.
Throughout, the mysterious guitar-playing Driller Killer continues to haunt Courtney’s braingasms. And honestly, I loved this guy. He looks like a cross between the Fonz and Vinnie Barbarino, speaks in song lyrics, dances through his kills, and has hilarious musical numbers of his own.
Atanas Ilitch, who played the Driller Killer, chews the scenery like a true rock star—great dancer, too. The filmmakers actually manage to blend one musical bit with a chase scene, giving it a weirdly intense and off-putting tone. With a few more songs thrown in, this film would`ve made a great horror musical, on stage or screen (preferably both). It coulda been the next Rocky Horror Picture Show.
And here’s all you need to know about the kills: they’re produced by a guitar tipped with a giant drill. I’m sure we’ve all seen this particular weapon, actually—well, at least if, like me, you were born in the late ’Seventies. I can remember wandering the horror section of my local video store (remember those?), staring at the covers of those videos I wasn’t allowed to watch, and being especially fixated on the image of some guy clad entirely in black leather and pointing what appeared to be Satan’s guitar at a trio of young women in nightwear. It’s simply one of those images that makes one wonder what possible story could go along with it.
Well, it’s a pretty ridiculous story, one that ends with a flaming guy falling from four stories up (stunt-wise, it was the tallest jump of its sort at the time) after terrorizing and killing a group of young people with his demonic drillitar.
I actually loved this movie but just can’t bring myself to give it four blood spots; I just can’t take it seriously enough to do so. Slumber Party Massacre 2 is less a Slasher film in its own right than a curiosity born of the first Slasher film cycle. That said, it is well-worth a watch—expect weird, goofy, and more weird, and you’ll have a good time.
Length: 75 min