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"SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE 3 is both a repeat of the original movie, using the same plot and even character names, for the first half of its running time, then unexpectedly segues into THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT territory becoming sadistic and violent. The humor of the first movie and the cheesy fun of SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II are no where to be seen as the killer rapes, beats and mutilates his victims. This can be taken in two ways: 1. it's and effective ode to the horror of early 1970's exploitation pics which does a successful job of making the viewer cringe and feel uncomfortable or 2. is just sick sadism. I actually side more with the first option. Who says horror HAS to be clean and politically correct. It's almost kind of refreshing to see movies like this can still affect a viewer -- yet not promote the violence as a good thing. My only suggestion is to seek out the unrated version if you want more graphic violence. *Note, however, this won't be a great film for everyone."
This time the Slumber Party is at a beach house (yawn)
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 11/18/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Predictability ends up being a virtue rather than a sin with "Slumber Party Massacre 3," the 1990 film that was the third installment of the original trilogy (if repeating the same story counts as a trilogy). A young girl has a slumber party with her girlfriends at her parent's beach house. Their boyfriends show up to try and scare them, but out in the darkness lurks a homicidal maniac with a power drill who takes advantage of the situation. This film was the one and only directorial effort of Sally Mattison, and the script was written by Catherine Cyran, which made me sit up a bit when the opening credits rolled by because I was curious as to how a sex & slasher flick that was directed and written by women was going to be different from the normal voyeuristic approach employed by their male counterparts. Now that I have seen the movie I find it hard to believe that I have gained any insights into what young women do when they play "truth or dare" by themselves. Then again, women have never been the target audience for these movies. This is just another instance when I tried to have a semi-deep thought about this film and was brought back to some semblance of reality when such thoughts spiraled out of control. Once again the soft core elements in "Slumber Party" outweigh the blood and gore of the "Massacre," but neither justifies getting this far into the series. Watching the first one twice would be better because the second time around you could read a book or pick up stuff around the room. It was a toss up as to whether this film was better or worse than the previous installment, "Slumber Part Massacre 2," and I ended up going with this one because it had more violations of my personal rules of things to do when a mass murderer is in your house and because I was rather offended by the revelation of the killer's motivation. You do not watch these sorts of movies for social relevance. Dismissing this film as a rehash of the first two is rather a moot point because if your title has "Slumber Party" and "Massacre" in it there is little reason to expect creativity in terms of the plot. The killings are your one chance at being artistic, so to speak, and there is nothing special here in that regard. The first killing is the best of the bunch and then the film deteriorates. Final Note: If there were scenes where (a) the killer went out and nailed shut every door leading out of this house and (b) the teenagers tried every door and found it nailed shut, then I must have missed them, which is strange because I do not normally fall asleep during movies. The victims in this film are definitely Top 10 nominees for stupidest teenagers in a splatter flick. There is only so many times you can yell "OPEN...THE...DOOR!" at the screen before your voice gives out."
A decent B-Slasher film that satisfies your needs...
Derek Renner | Buffalo, New York United States | 01/20/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One of my few blind purchases. I was always curious about this series. However I think I made a mistake buying the 3rd one first. The movie is a very acceptable slasher film with some good gore... although not enough. There is plenty of T&A, more so than gore, I mean what do you expect from a horror movie called Slumber Party Massacre? The thing that sort of got me a bit mad was that 3 of the implied kills on the back of the box never happened... in fact the pictures on the back of the box, all but one, were actually in the movie. If you can find it for 5 bucks it might be worth it, but I would try and find something else. What excited me the most was the Slumber Party Massacre II preview (which somehow was a coming attraction) where the killer is a rock star, it looked hilarious so I'll definitely be picking that one up. (6.5/10)"
Don't be afraid to step over a dead body!!
Kimmy | lock haven, pa United States | 08/30/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"My sister had the 'mis-fortune' to purchase this video, from a video store that was going out of business.
I am a fan of the first 2 movies, though for different reasons-one is good, campy, fun and the second one is just hilarious!
This one, however...well, I don't know WHAT they were trying to achieve, but all it resulted in was a ridiculously BAD movie!!
You, basically, can figure out who the killer is WAY before they reveal it.
And the murders themselves are rather dull and unimaginative.....the movie IS fun to MAKE FUN of though!!
It is so silly that everyone could have gotten OUT of the house and been able to save themselves had they only crawled out a broken window and walked over their dead friend....instead of being all squeamish and screaming. Then spending the rest of the movie running around the house trying to keep from being murdered!"
Well..its an improvement on the other two.
Jason Paul Collum | 01/03/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a sucker for punishment. So after watching the abysmal original slumber party massacre, i decided to rent this one to see if it could be worse. Well, its a little better. The music is improved and actually fits the mood of the film. There is at least an attempt at a plot this time albiet a laughably bad one. One that makes no sense. So whats going on this time. Same old story. Sex, booze...a killer. This killer is somewhat more menacing than the killers in the previous two films but hes also over acted with some real bad lines ("uncle..this ones for you" hack!). This film packs the usual carnage found in this series but has no suspense at all. And no suprises. It should take no time at all to figure out who the killer is. Still, with all its faults, this film is oddly watchable and kind of draws you in a bit even though you could really care less which bimbo gets offed next."