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  • Writer's pictureMartyn Wakefield


Dir. Danishka Esterhazy

Reviewer. Martyn Wakefield

SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE [2022] is so much more fun than it has the right to be. Like it's predecessor, there's a sense of revolution not in the face of but rather with, the tropes of slashers and their aim at sexualization and violence, specifically that aimed at women.

Don't worry, it's not a heavy handed message like MEN, rather a joyful and yet steady look at through the lens of a slasher movie if women directed it like men. Expect naked torsos, pillow fights and wet bodies... And that's just from the muscle packed male cast.

A group of women head to the woods on a camping escape only to realise the previously deceased Russ Thorn is back, and his drill is too.

Danishka Esterhazy's requel is an I treating place to put it as it's pitched as a remake however we are firmly in sequel territory here with a few surprises to boot. Luckily the sorority girls are having fun and play well with the turntable of events that unleash to often hilarious results. Yet despite the films witty play with the genre, there's a lot for gore hounds to enjoy. The deaths are grizzly and plenty, Rob van Vuuren is enjoying the OTT killer with a heart, and drill bit, of steel, and even the alpha guys play up themselves well enough that you are laughing with them, not at them.

While SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE [1983] doesn't quite hit the heights of slasher great, it is a lot of fun and 2022 is just as much a great sequel as it is refreshingly brutal, and comedic, slasher for this generation. This is a requel that's done right, one that captures the joyous charm and satire of it's original while also carving enough originality to stand as a worthy sequel and a fresh revival although any chance of a follow-up will be slim with a one renewal wonder.

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