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|Scream Theater Double Feature Vol 2 The Last Slumber Party/Terror at Tenkiller|
Actors: Dale Buckmaster, Stacy Logan, Michelle Merchant, Kevin Meyer, Mike Wiles
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
In the first of these gory features, The Last Slumber Party, a scalpel wielding wacko invites you to a party where the girls are dying for a good time. Soundtrack features a heavy metal rock sound track from Firstryke. ... more »
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Lory R. (melikedvd) from RICHMOND, CA
Reviewed on 9/21/2017...
First of all, these are probably two of the worst Slasher films made in the 80's. Each is bad in their own way.
"Terror At Tenkiller" is slow and I mean sloooow. To me, the biggest problem is the afternoon teen special music score that makes it drag even more. Some good scary music would have helped the pacing. The killer is revealed less then halfway in so there's no real suspense. Another reviewer is mistaken about this being shot on video. It's clearly shot and edited on film (probably 16mm) then transferred to a video (1 inch?) master. The DVD was mastered from the video, not the film original. This is why there are a couple video clitches.
"The Last Slumber Party" is a different story. This one is just a very bad rip-off of late 70's slasher films. The acting is wooden, the camera work is sloppy, and the crazy doctor had me laughing out loud. As another reviewer stated "You have to see it to believe it". Slumber Party was also shot on film. The difference here is they transferred the camera original or work print (looks like it's more likely a one light work print) to video and then edited the video transfer, common practice in the 80's to keep costs down if they were making it for cable or direct-to-video (VHS) sales. VHS distributors wanted movies shot on film and this is the way producers did it if they had no real budget to work with. Last Slumber Party is the reason to get the DVD and why I give it 3 stars. Unintentionally funny.
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Some Slasher Horror, Oklahoma Style and More!!
Graboidz | Westminster, Maryland | 10/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, yes there really is a Lake Tenkiller that is a popular destination for fisherman and campers. Now, being a huge fan of horror films, I can't say I would feel too comfortable bedding down in a Jason-Friendly camper at a lake named Tenkiller. And with a cool name like Tenkiller, you have to wish a better horror film would have used the name in it's title as opposed to "Terror at Tenkiller". There is actually almost no terror involved. A more apt title might have been "Tedium at Tenkiller" or "Some Annoyance at Tenkiller". The overall story isn't bad, but the execution (pun intended) is just awful. A girl running away from an abusive relationship unfortunately catches the eye of the local psychopath. It's a neat departure on the usual teens-in-peril-from-masked-killer type horror flick, but there really isn't any suspense or horror found here becuase the movie's pace is sooooo slooowww.
The real treat for me though was the second film on the disk, "The Last Slumber Party". This movie was just amazing in it's stupidity. Truly you have to see it to believe it. There is just so much in this movie to goof on! The bad 80's hair metal, the dinner-theater level acting, the witty banter of the middle aged teens. If you think a guy wearing surgeons scrubs carrying a bloody scalpel as he walks toward the camera is scary, then this movie will terrify you!! I am not kidding when I say, they used this same shot of the would-be slasher slowly moving toward the camera holding out the scalpel at least 10 times!! The object of the slasher's attention in this movie is a doctor (we know this becuase he wears his scrubs everywhere!! In the hospital, at home, at the local Kwik-E-Mart) and the doctor's family, who live in a house whose interior decorating had to have been done by a blind man. The one special effect in the film is a blood squirting scalpel, and that only works about half the time! Usually the slasher will be drawing the fake scalpel across someone's gullet only to have it start squirting about 1/2 way across??!!! There really are some true belly-laughs with this one. The wide eyed slasher (who happens to also be the writer/director) is just too damn funny! His "sneaking" around is extraordinary!! In one scene he runs into the house may 3 steps in front of the heroine, who fails to see him, even though we viewers can clearly see him as he runs across the screened in porch!! I guess the closer you are to the screen, the harder it is to see in? I could go on and on with this movie, it's just too dumb for words, but so damn enjoyable because of it! If you like bad movies, then this is like the "Citizen Kane" of awful cinema.
If you are looking for real scares, avoid this disk. I can't tell you earnestly enough, these movies are BAD, just AWFUL! But, if you are like me and enjoy the "So Bad They're Good" type of film, then make sure you pick this up for "Last Slumber Party"."
For slasher completists only
B-Movie Nightmares | Sparks, NV United States | 03/30/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The box says "2 classic slasher flicks." If by "classic" they mean "made in the 1980's" then this would be a true statement. By my estimation, the two movies featured here are two of the worst slasher movies ever made, and that's saying a lot about a genre that seemed to produce as many crappy films as it did good ones. Even at the low price, even the most dedicated horror fan will find these two difficult to sit through.
First up, we've got Terror at Tenkiller, released in 1986. A slasher movie that takes place in a lake/camping location.....hmmm how very original. It's shot on video, produced/directed/cowritten by Ken Meyer. The credits are filled with people with the last name Meyer, so this looks like a family affair. The two main characters are Leslie and her friend Jana: Leslie has a borderline-abusive boyfriend Josh who likes to push her around. At one point, Jana asks, "Do your parents know about the caveman stuff?" It's possible the film makers were trying to insert some kind of girl-power statements about leaving an abusive boyfriend, possibly because of the feminist backlash against slasher movies...it's pretty lamely done in any case. To unwind, the two girls take a vacation to an idyllic resort called Lake Tenkiller. "What a strange name for a lake!" remarks Leslie. Turns out the lake was named after an Indian princess who killed 10 members of a rival tribe, but of course it's also a sign of things to come.
This movie has the terrible acting that you'd expect from any of these ultra low-budget slashers, but what isn't expected is how boring the whole thing is. Once they get up to the lake, the story really drags, and it seems like half the time is spent with the girls on phone calls. It's revealed early on who the killer is, so that robs the story of any kind of suspense or surprises. There's two so-so gore scenes, a smattering of nudity, and at one point we see Leslie reading the Stephen King book "The Stand."
Next up, we have The Last Slumber Party, from 1988. This one is so unbelievably bad that it actually makes Terror at Tenkiller look decent; the picture quality alone gives it a shot-on-a-home video camera look. Obviously this was an attempt to cash in on the success of Slumber Party Massacre and its sequels. The story concerns a group of high school girls who decide to have a slumber party with all the expected ingredients: cheesy music, underage drinking, and sneaking in the boys who play practical jokes on them. Trouble is, there's an escaped mental patient on the loose with a scalpel, dressed in scrubs and a surgeon's mask. Linda, whose house is the location for the slumber party, just happens to be the daughter of the doctor who ordered the maniac's lobotomy, and he's a little ticked off about that.
There's some real hilarious moments here. The bad music, first of all, which ranges from shrieking cheese-metal (performed by Firstryke) to corny synth-funk, to exaggeratedly "scary" electronic themes. The acting is extremely deadpan, nearly porno-quality: a nurse character stutters one of her lines and it's left in the movie. There's cornball stereotypes like the jocks and a nerd character nicknamed "Science." There's moronic girl characters who say things like "munch out" when they want to eat snacks. All the ingredients for a 1980's funfest are here, but when you put them all together they add up to a boring film. There's no nudity, and no gore: just some fake blood that you can see squirting out of the scalpel when the maniac slashes throats. Considering the whole thing's only about 72 minutes long, it seems like a lot longer. People who like films that are painfully bad, below Mystery Science Theatre quality, may like it. I found it entertaining for a while but then it just became mind-numbing. Stephen Tyler is the writer and director, and also plays the maniac.
I would only recommend this DVD to diehard completists who want to own every slasher film ever made. With no special features, at least you can say you got two movies for a cheap price. Everyone else steer clear. If it's cheesy 80's slasher fun that you're craving, I'd say go with the far superior Slumber Party Massacre or Pieces. Other fun 80's horror films I would recommend would include Chopping Mall, Troll, The Gate, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and the so-bad-it's good Night Train to Terror."