SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE III (1990) Reviews and overview

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‘It’s driller time … and this bit’s for you!’

Slumber Party Massacre III is a 1990 American slasher horror feature film and the second sequel to the original 1982 slasher film The Slumber Party Massacre. It is also known as Slumber Party Massacre Part III and was originally titled Night Light.


The film was directed by Sally Mattison (associate producer of Masque of the Red Death, 1989), written by and produced by Catherine Cyran (Werewolf: The Beast Among Us; Dead Space) alongside uncredited producer, Roger Corman, who oversaw the first sequel in 1987. It stars Keely Christian, Brittain Frye and Michael Harris.


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A group of teenage friends are playing volleyball at a Los Angeles beach. Jackie is sitting with Diane talking when an intense-looking young man dressed in black appears and stares at the girls. Duncan walks up to the weirdo and tells him to keep his eyes to himself. Duncan then mentions to Diana and Jackie about a party, but they tell him that it is a slumber party and guys are not invited. Juliette goes to get the volleyball and talks to her boyfriend Ken.

As they are leaving, Jackie goes back to for something and drops her address book. When Sarah gets into her car, she is grabbed by an unseen person and a drill is run through her stomach from behind the car seat, killing her.

Frank drives Jackie home and they kiss for a minute. When they approach the front door, they see that it is wide open. Inside the house is Morgan, who thought it was an open house since Jackie’s parents are moving. Jackie says that he can stay and look around for a while. After Jackie listens to a mysterious voice on her answering machine, Morgan, who is seemingly nervous, finally leaves.

Later, Jackie’s friends arrive for the slumber party and telling her that Sarah did not answer at home and suggests that she may have flaked out on them.

Morgan calls the girls (while he is spying on them through a telescope from his house across the street) and he asks Jackie if he can look at the house again…


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“Although it was made in 1990, way after the subgenre’s heyday, and despite the smorgasbord of clichés, Slumber Party Massacre Part III still throws enough curveballs to keep you guessing (and is refreshingly free of the self-referential treatment that became so popular later in the decade) … a mixed bag: occasionally quite gruelling, whilst still laying on the cheese with a trowel…” Hysteria Lives


“Although it’s standard slasher stuff, Massacre III does manage to work in some nice touches … Despite the innovation, it still has plenty of nudity and teens blithely wandering into danger. The killer is revealed early on so there’s no real suspense, but it’s a top-class body count movie and the best in the series.” Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies

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“The body count also seems to be higher than the others (especially if you go with the theory that II was all in her head), with a couple rather anonymous victims and more girls to boot (more guys too, actually). And while the drill may be getting a bit old, there are still a few new gags with it, such as when a girl grabs it while it’s turned off and then he revs it and chews the sh*t out of her hands.” Horror Movie a Day


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Slumber Party Massacre III is a fun movie on a murder mystery ride with a body count of 12, equal to that of part one. I admire shrines in movies as well just to add to the psychotic demeanour of the character. So I implore you, please shed some love to this not so loved addition to the franchise and I for one admire the killer (once you find out who it is)…” Rue Morgue

Main cast:

Keely Christian – Hollywood Boulevard II
Brittain Frye – Hide and Go Shriek
Michael Harris – SleepStalker; Satan’s Princess
David Greenlee
Brandi Burkett
Hope Marie Carlton – Ghoulies Go to College; A Nightmare on Elm Street 4; Slaughterhouse Rock
Maria Claire – Society
Maria Ford – Wedding Slashers; Addams Family Reunion; Burial of the Rats
Garon Grigsby – Watchers II
Marta Kober – Neon ManiacsFriday the 13th Part 2

Technical details:

87 minutes | 75 minutes (R-rated)
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1
Audio: Ultra Stereo

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