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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".
  • Amy Holden Jones, a film editor, wanted to direct and asked Frances Doel, a writer and story editor associated with Roger Corman, for advice. Doel gave Jones a number of scripts. Jones chose the script that would become The Slumber Party Massacre, then going by the title of Don't Open the Door, and decided to film the first three scenes. Her husband, cinematographer Michael Chapman, acquired equipment and film and hired actors from the University of California, Los Angeles, and they shot the scenes at their house over a weekend for $1,000. She showed the result to Roger Corman, who agreed to finance the film.
  • 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.
  • After the film was completed, the studio held a test screening at a theater on Hollywood Boulevard and Amy Holden Jones 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." Jones went on to only direct three more films. None of them were in the horror genre.
  • The overhead shots in the gym before Linda's attack was achieved by having the cameraman on top of a cherry picker, because 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.
  • Amy Holden Jones is not very sympathetic to people who complain that she's a sellout to her gender, as a woman who produced an exploitation flick with a lot of naked girls in it. "That's what Roger Corman, the producer wanted, and that's how it's done, you give the studio what they want. Nobody complains that Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, and Ron Howard made exploitation pictures, but when a woman tries, she gets called a hypocrite and a turncoat. That's B.S." It should be noted that Holden Jones has parlayed this into a successful film career, producing such hits as Mystic Pizza, and The Getaway.
  • In a 2018 interview, Brinke Stevens talked about doing nude scenes in this and other films: "Early in my career, nudity was simply the rule . . . what was expected of us. We just went along with it because we wanted to work. I've never been shy about nudity (she was a nude model before she started acting). Good thing, too -- my willingness to undress landed me a lot of good roles and helped to get me better noticed by fans. However, I was never comfortable doing explicit "love scenes" with a guy, so I tended to turn down those kind of parts. In almost every case, the directors have been very good about asking non-essential personnel to leave the set and we were treated respectfully. But then, there you are totally naked up on the big screen being watched by hundreds of people! I'm quite relieved that I've reached such an age where I'm no longer asked to do this and it's left up to the younger starlets."
  • Brinke Stevens said in an interview that during the shower scene she had no problem being nude but several of the other girls refused to appear naked. They put tape over their nipples so the director couldn't use shots of their breasts. That's why only the bare backs of most of them are shown.

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 Thorn 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: 12 (Mary, Linda, David Contant, John, Diane, Pizza Boy, Jeff, Neil, Jackie, Kim Clarke, Coach Rachel Jana, Russ Thorne)
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