Watch This: The Slumber Party Massacre offered a (somewhat) feminist spin on the slasher
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. Because it’s Horror Week here at The A.V. Club, we’re highlighting some of the best unsung slasher movies.
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
Filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Peter Bogdanovich, who got their start working for B-movie impresario Roger Corman, often talk about the creative freedom afforded by Corman’s commercial formula. So long as they stuck to the budget and delivered enough action, violence, and sex to satisfy the audience—or at least enough to cut into an exciting trailer—they could play around some with style and content. That’s how Joe Dante was able to turn the shameless Jaws rip-off Piranha into a sly parody, and how Jonathan Demme could make Caged Heat into a women’s prison picture that didn’t feel like sleazy exploitation. And that …