Slumber Party Massacre II (1987)

The “Slumber Party Massacre” movie series has never really been too much of a straight faced horror movie franchise. The original film is a dark, silly bit of slasher fodder that is famous mainly for its title. The sequel from Deborah Brock basically takes the whole series in a direction that’s bizarre, completely unusual, and borrows very much from 1985’s “Freddy’s Revenge” with its strong and blatant LGBTQ overtones.

Courtney, the younger sister of the “new girl across the street” in the first film is all grown up now, but suffers from nightmares about the Big Wet Incident. She and the other members of her female rock group go to a condo for the weekend to play music and have fun with their boyfriends. Courtney’s dreams of her sister begin to mix with visions of the driller killer breaking free from his prison to find her and finish her off. As her friends go missing, Courtney has to figure out if she’s going insane or if the Driller Killer is stalking her with his electric guitar/drill.

“Slumber Party Massacre II” makes no sense. And I say that as someone who loves junk like “Hard to Die.” Brock’s sequel is bathed in eighties ephemera and excess with a ton of bad fashion, and awful clichés from the decade. To make things worse, the screenwriter pads the film out to an obscene degree, tacking on unusual musical numbers, and absolutely horrendous lip synching. Star Bernard does the best with what she’s given in the realm of characterization, but it’s all so consistently nonsensical, that you’ll be inspired to give up mid-way. From there it’s about going with the sheer lunacy, or giving up and moving on to something with much more substance.

There are moments that may or may not be delusions, characters show up and then go missing, and there are some rather disgusting moments of grue, including one involving a zit. What makes the sequel stand out the most is the borrowing from “Freddy’s Revenge” in how the script is mainly one big metaphor for repressed bisexuality. The movie, in a nutshell, is so much more a horror movie about Courtney’s sexuality and how she’s torn between attractions to women (the girl on girl pillow fight is teeming with subtext) and her lust for men. She feels pushed in various directions and it seemingly drives her crazy. The Driller Killer is also a metaphor as he’s a very flamboyant man with an obvious phallic symbol who uses it on both the men and the women in the film.

This opens us up to so many questions that can either be attributed to purposeful ambiguity or just sloppy writing. Did Courtney’s mom lock her up for being insane or gay? So if the DK was the Original killer who were all the people Courtney was with? Are the characters all symbols of her sexuality? Are they merely symbols of her repressed desires? What’s with all the rockabilly? So did Courtney’s mom REALLY lock her daughter up when all was said and done? Does it mean that the driller killer is also bisexual and is therefore violating the men folk with his weapon of choice? “Slumber Party Massacre II” is one of the so bad it’s good horror comedies, and one that seriously has to be seen to be believed.