New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: 52 Films By Women: The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

By Andrea Thompson

The 1982 film “The Slumber Party Massacre” may not seem too feminist in the beginning, but that’s because it seems to think it needs the male gaze to draw in the audience. Just keep watching, even if it’s difficult not to wince at the topless scene, the closeup on the posterior of a repair woman who is later murdered, and the camera’s outright lecherous gaze as it travels down the body of the high school girl showering in the school’s locker room. All within the first ten minutes.

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