Pool Party Massacre – USA, 2017 film: reviews

‘Worst pool party ever!’

Pool Party Massacre is a 2017 American comedy slasher horror feature film written, co-produced and directed by Drew Marvick, making his feature debut. The Floating Eye Films production stars Kristin Noel McKusick, Margaux Neme and Destiny Faith Nelson.

The film’s synth score was provided by Mike Conway. Marc Schoenbach designed the movie’s artwork.

Terror Films released Pool Party Massacre in the USA on digital platforms on August 17, 2018. A new trailer has been released:

On Friday the 13th, 2018, writer-director Drew Marvick reported on social media that the artwork had caused the DVD to banned in British Asda supermarket stores, apparently due to complaints from customers.

Blair Winthorpe, a high-maintenance young socialite, is having a pool party while her parents are out of town. However, what should have been a relaxing summer day spent tanning for the girls quickly becomes a blood soaked nightmare when an unknown guest crashes the party.

The psycho killer finds a garage full of dangerous toys and gets to work stalking and dismembering them one by one…


The kills are mostly on-screen and the crimson gushes steadily, all while the film plays out on the smallest of budgets. Sure, there’s the odd continuity and technical related issue, as well as a sizeable chunk of dialogue that I didn’t care for. Certain jokes come off as plain awkward and not funny, but this is still a freaking stellar effort by Drew, his cast and crew.” Adam the Movie God

“The motive for this epic bloodbath isn’t revealed until the end, and even though you may think you have it figured out, they throw in a little twist! Overall, Pool Party Massacre is everything you want in a slasher film and more. It has plenty of the 3 B’s (beer, boobs, and blood) to keep you entertained throughout the film.” Horror Geek Life

“It is really good, fun characters and great kills and it is just a good time. The title sequence at the beginning is 8-bit like an old NES video game which kind of spoils some things in the movie, but who the f*ck cares. Pool Party Massacre delivers and is 100% Indie Horror Gold!” Ray Marek III, The Horror Syndicate

 …it embraces the very nature of being an ode to slasher films and runs the material to the max. It’s the charm and simplistic sincerity that carries it through its brisk eighty-minute running time. I can beat up on the lousy acting, the bloated dialogue, the lack of any sense of friendship among the characters and yet still kind of be okay with recommending the title.” Horror Talk

“From the opening 8-bit credits ringing those ’80s nostalgic bells set to some kick-ass metal tunes to the synthesizer score, and the twist at the end I didn’t even see coming, Pool Party Massacre pleasantly surprised me by surpassing all expectations for the movie. It’s an all around fun time horror flick, perfect for a Friday night movie party with friends…” Patti Pauli, iHorror

” …one of the most entertaining no-budget films ever made. The clear direction that Marvick has given each of the girls is to ramp the bitchiness up to eleven on the dial. The results are thoroughly hilarious – the Vinegar Stroke scene had me rolling in laughter in my seat.” Richard Scheib, Moria

“It pretty much follows the standard tropes of the slasher subgenre, except the third act is slightly different. It would be labeled as more horror-comedy than a straight horror movie, as it is built more for laughs than scares. The dialogue and situations are chock full of sexual content, pop culture references, and rich girl attitude that the viewers will either love or hate.” The Movie Sleuth

“Storywise, Pool Party Massacre is a fairly standard campy slasher film, but don’t take that to mean that it’s predictable. There are some nice twists and turns along the way, some of which I was able to figure out and some that caught me off guard. The motive for the killings is completely stupid and borders on nonsensical, which actually works pretty well with the tone of the movie.” Pop Horror

” …the film is also no exercise in mere imitation, and does not rely on cynically referencing the films it harks back to (although the opening shot does include a nice little nod to Wes Craven’s often overlooked Shocker). Singularly dedicated to delivering a slasher flick in the form of its base elements, Pool Party Massacre is admirable in its commitment to its own simplicity…” Kevan Farrow, Scream magazine

“This style of slasher subscribes to the logic, agreed upon many years ago, that the main focus should be horrible people dying horrible deaths. And, in this way, Pool Party Massacre more than delivers–the characters are so hideously self-absorbed they don’t even notice anyone is dead. Meanwhile, the payoff to the whole thing is original, clever and super-funny.” Joey Keog, Wicked Horror

“In the tradition of the best entries in this sub-genre, the kills are imaginative and high in number. Furthermore, the depictions, as well as the opening credits sequence, capture the tone of the piece brilliantly. The result is as much a consistently engaging midnight movie as it is a display of Marvick’s talent behind the lens.” Andrew Buckner, A Word of Dreams

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2 Comments on “Pool Party Massacre – USA, 2017 film: reviews”

  1. The teaser trailer and gory stills are splatterific fun, Drew, so we’re happy to support your movie. Look forward to a full trailer and your movie!

    Cheers, Adrian @ Horrorpedia

  2. Thank so much for helping us spread the word about our whacky little no budget 80’s inspired slasher flick!

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