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Thre women looking around the edge of a door in the dark

The Slumber Party Massacre Double Bill

Duration: 2h34m
Dates: Fri 17 May 2024 20:30

Part of Dundead Horror Film Festival 2024. Priority booking for members starts at 10:00 on Wed 3 April. Passes and individual tickets will go on sale from 10:00 on Fri 5 April. More information on Festival Passes can be found below.

Vintage horror films directed by women are (sadly) rare. As a result, the horror genre has a complicated relationship with women, often casting them as screaming victims or misogynistically-framed sex objects. Then there’s 1982’s The Slumber Party Massacre and 1987’s Slumber Party Massacre II

Don’t be fooled by the generic advertising which played to genre standards of exploitation – these two films are self-reflexive slasher parodies (14 years before Scream would do it) which are both written and directed by women. Rita Mae Brown and Amy Holden Jones in the case of the first film, and Deborah Brock in the case of the sequel. As such, the films’ foregrounding of their female casts still feels fresh today. The characters are genuinely funny and we’re really rooting for them to survive. 

The first film takes a lean (both films are only 77 minutes) and mean approach – amidst the bitingly funny skewering of slasher tropes there is a real sense of threat and danger to its pneumatical-drill-armed killer. 

The second film meanwhile unleashes the weird, featuring musical numbers, deliberately campy acting and a surprisingly empathetic portrayal of trauma. It also contains one of the slasher genre’s greatest killers of all time – a scenery-devouring supernatural rockabilly greaseball whose obnoxious electric guitar’s fretboard has a drill on the end. Yes, he gets his own musical number, and yes, it is glorious. 

Sadly overlooked, these two films are extremely fun, completely ahead of their time, and are two of the slasher genre’s very best entries.

Festival Passes

What's included

Pass TypePriceDCA Members18-25 MembersIncludes
Full Pass£102£96£75Tickets for all 12 screenings, a festival t-shirt and a print
Half Pass£54£51£37.50Tickets for six films of your choice from the programme and a festival t-shirt
  • Save £1 on a Dundead Film Quiz ticket when you book it at the same time as your pass with code DUNDEADPASS.

How to book

  • Log into / create your DCA account.
  • Add all the films your want to see to your basket (pick 12 for a Full Pass, including the Dundead Opening Film, and six for a Half Pass).
  • The appropriate Pass discount will be added automatically at checkout once the correct number of films have been added.
  • To book more than one pass, you can do these as separate transactions online or contact our Box Office on 01382 432444.
  • If you would like a ticket for the Dundead Film Quiz add it to your basket at this stage, use code DUNDEADPASS to receive your £1 Pass discount.
  • If you have any questions about booking your pass our friendly Box Office team are happy to help. Give them a call on 01382 432444 or pop in.
  • We'll be in touch via email to ask you what t-shirt size you'd like and let you know when you can collect your Dundead merch.

Dundead 2024 Listings

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