SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE III
Slumber Party Massacre III abandons the efforts to copy the A Nightmare on Elm Street series that we had in the second film and is a return more to what the first film was. In fact, it adheres far more to what the well-established formula of the slasher film had become at that point than the first film ever did. There is the central slumber party locale that has remained through all the films of the series to this point. There are various gratuitous topless scenes indeed, it is hard to keep thinking of Maria Ford as the waitress she claims to be and not keep thinking of her as a natural born stripper. There are all the supporting cast of men who are jerks, weird neighbours or creepy guys thrown into the mix as red herring suspects. Other than a repeat of the same ideas as the first film, there is no continuity connection between this and the other films.
As also was the mainstay of the other films, the killer goes through the film eliminating victims with a very phallic looking power drill. There are one or two other supplementary deaths Garon Grigsby being impaled against the front door with a realtors sign hammered through his chest; and most amusingly a scene where Lulu Wilson gets into a bath and the killer electrocutes her by throwing a plug-in vibrator into the water.
The film is formulaic and predictable for the most part but the latter half rises to a reasonable all-out climax with the killer pursuing the surviving girls through the house with his power drill and eliminating most of the guys before the girls gang up and overpower him. Even then, the girls manage to seem somewhat clueless rather letting down the films aspiration to a feminist message it takes three of them to overpower the killer even when he has been blinded.
Director Sally Mattison had previously worked at New World Studios as a casting director before graduating to producer. Slumber Party Massacre III is the only film she has ever directed.
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