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Trivia for The Slumber Party Massacre

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  • Rita Mae Brown wrote a screenplay for a parody of teen/slasher flicks and titled it "Sleepless Nights". However, when she submitted it to the producers, they filmed it as if it weren't a parody and retitled it "Slumber Party Massacre". As a result, the movie displays a lot more humor, both intended and unintended, than others of this genre.
  • In the background when Kim is hurling ornaments at the killer in Trish's bedroom, you can see the book "Rubyfruit Jungle", by Rita Mae Brown, this film's writer.
  • Film debut of Robin Stille.
  • The original first draft of the script was called "Don't Open The Door".
  • Director Amy Holden Jones shot a promo film of the original script's prologue for $1,000 so she could get a directing job from Roger Corman. Corman was so impressed by the promo that he asked Jones to make a feature-length movie from the script.
  • Andree Honore is the only cast member featured on the original theatrical one sheet poster. The blonde woman lying on the floor is Jillian Kesner, who isn't in the film.
  • Brinke Stevens got her first big speaking role in this film.
  • Michael Villella deliberately isolated himself and avoided talking to the other cast members during the shooting of the picture. For a majority of the shoot, he was feeling like his character rather than just acting it out.
  • Michael Villella read the book "Helter Skelter" in order to research the role of Russ Thorn.
  • Michael Villella based his physical body movements as Russ Thorn on the peacock.
  • The entire score was done on a Casio synthesizer.
  • Michael Villella originally read for the role of the neighbor David Contant.
  • Aaron Lipstadt, who plays the pizza boy, directed Android (1982), which was also released in 1982. "Android" was produced by Roger Corman, who also produced Hollywood Boulevard (1976), the film being watched by Valerie.
  • Has a U.S. Blu-Ray release by Scream Factory
  • The most recent UK DVD release is now out of print and hard to get.
  • Amy Holden Jones was an editor who wanted to direct. She was given two opportunities: to direct The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) or to edit Steven Spielberg's upcoming film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Amy chose to direct her first feature film and tweak the script. After the film was completed, the studio held a test screening at a theater on Hollywood Boulevard and Amy was startled by the audience reaction. As she recalls, "They went ape! From the very beginning, they were screaming and laughing and there were people behind me making drilling noises and talking back to the screen!" Amy left the theatre and approached producer Roger Corman, who was listening in the lobby. She said, "My God, Roger. What did we do?" He replied, "We had the best preview in New World history."
  • The overhead shots in the gym before Linda's attack was achieved by having the cameraman on top of a cherry picker; since the film had a low budget and the crew couldn't afford a camera crane.
  • The handy-woman actor, who drills in Coach Jana's peephole, was actually one of the set designers for the film.
  • According to the director, Amy Holden Jones, the movie was originally supposed to clock in at about 90 minutes - considering that the film only runs at 76 minutes. "There was a different ending. We reshot to punch it up. It must have been lame because I can't remember it. I think it was the same but without the pool. We ruined that pool with the reshoot but it was fun", Amy recalled. One other particular scene that was omitted for pacing reasons, as Debra De Liso recalled, was a scene with the girls playing with a Ouija board, spelling out the words: DEATH.

Spoilers

  • The big conclusion in the backyard with the swimming pool was added to the movie in a reshoot.
  • Brinke Stevens, who plays Linda in the movie, revealed some funny specifics behind Linda's 'death' scene at a Cinema Wasteland panel in 2013: the director, cameraman and assistant, clapper person, boom operator and the blood pumper were all crammed into the one spot where Brinke's character was, described as "the size of two tables". Before Thorne drills through the door and kills Linda, the door has a sign stating: EMERGENCY DRILL PROCEDURES and the auditorium, another sign was pasted on the wall: JOIN THE DRILL TEAM.
  • When the time came to film Debra De Liso's death scene, a blood tube was rigged under her jersey to make it appear as though she were bleeding from where the knife stabbed her. On the first take, the effect didn't work and the blood dripped down her legs, making it appear as though she was bleeding from the wrong place.
  • The blood used in the film was a mixture of Karo corn syrup and red food coloring. After filming Brinke Stevens's character getting drilled in the arm, the crew took a break for lunch. Brinke recalled it "a very unpleasant lunch" as every fly in the area was attracted to the smell and would stick to her.
  • For the scene where Kim's dead body was in the fridge, Debra De Liso had to be stuffed in the fridge and was clinging with her right hand where the light bulb used to be, holding her breath and playing dead for five full seconds, twice, before slowly flopping out. She recalled that scene as tricky, but was thankful of her past gymnastic training for that particular moment in the film.
  • The most difficult scene for Michael Villella was when his character fell into the pool, because he isn't a swimmer and he hated water. The pool water was freezing cold and he had to float in the pool for several minutes during and between takes - much to his disapproval, as he wanted out.
  • BODY COUNT: 11 (Mary, Linda, David Contant, John, Diane, Pizza Boy, Jeff, Neil, Jackie, Kim Clarke, Coach Rachel Jana, Russ Thorne)
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