Pillow Party Massacre is a 2023 American slasher horror film about five female friends who meet up for a week-long Summer getaway in the woods. Hoping to reconnect and reconcile they are, unfortunately, all haunted by an April Fool’s prank that went fatally wrong two years previously.
Written and directed by Calvin Morie McCarthy (Conjuring: the Beyond; Mutant Vampires from the Planet Neptune; A Haunting in Ravenwood; An Amityville Poltergeist; Jesus I Was Evil). Produced by Chad Buffett, Michael Conroy, Susan Helfrich, Brad Littlefield and Scott Motisko. Executive produced by Rich Wolff.
The Breaking Glass Pictures-Raptor FX Studio co-production stars Laura Welsh, Sebastian Bjorn, Tim Coyle, Amy DiLorenzo, Daniel Donlon, Neil Green, Savannah Raye Jones, Jax Kellington, Steve Larkin, Stephanie Leet, Calvin Morie McCarthy, Jon Meggison, Nicolette Pullen, John Reddy, Chynna Rae Shurts and Allegra Sweeney.
“None of Pillow Party Massacre is not by-the-numbers. Its slow stride needs some pep, but McCarthy succeeds where deliberate viewers most likely will want him to: pulling off the death scenes. Or maybe that’s second on their list after nudity. In case you’re curious, Pillow Party contains a pillow fight (although by happenstance), presented in a music-scored montage.” Flick Attack
“The clear weakness is that it does take a while before the rampage starts happening. We do spend a lot of time trying to focus on the friends getting back to knowing each other. Once we get to the killer hunting the girls down, it never feels as suspenseful as it could, and this holds this back from being a potential break-out slasher.” 2 out of 5, Movie Reviews 101
“Outside of a few bad moments (the title refers to a cringe-inducing pillow fight montage scene where the girls inexplicably strip down during their play fight for no apparent reason other than viewer titillation), this was entertaining, I didn’t even mind that it didn’t really get properly going until the halfway point. If you’re in the mood for a low-brow classic feeling slasher then Pillow Party Massacre isn’t a bad place to head.” 7 out of 10, The Rotting Zombie
“The killer’s identity is the other thing that viewers may take issue with in Pillow Party Massacre. Unlike in giallos, the identity of the killer in most slashers isn’t hard to guess. But this time it’s a bit too obvious and many viewers will probably guess who it is even before the leads even get to the house. Overall though, Pillow Party Massacre has a lot going for it especially if you’re looking for the genre equivalent of comfort food.” 3 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony
Cast and characters:
Laura Welsh … Sam
Sebastian Bjorn … Carter Fisher
Tim Coyle … Trash Can Man
Amy DiLorenzo … Mrs Fisher
Daniel Donlon … Chris
Neil Green … Officer McLoughlin
Savannah Raye Jones … Ashley
Jax Kellington … Alana
Steve Larkin … Principle Richard Towers
Stephanie Leet … Officer Cunningham
Calvin Morie McCarthy … Parker
Jon Meggison … Adam
Nicolette Pullen … Mikki
John Reddy … Eddie
Chynna Rae Shurts … Barbra
Allegra Sweeney … Miles
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