At a sleepover you might tell scary stories to spook your guests, but you wouldn't want anything scary to crash your party — especially if that scary "something" was a crazy man with a power drill and no intentions of using it for home improvement projects. This violent party crasher is featured in Amy Holden Jones' 1982 directorial debut, The Slumber Party Massacre.

Loyal fans of the cult classic are in for a treat: Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema has announced an upcoming special screening of the 35mm print of The Slumber Party Massacre.

The next installment of their monthly film series, "The Deuce," Nitehawk Cinema's 35mm screening of The Slumber Party Massacre will take place at 9:30pm on Thursday, June 12th. Tickets are $15 apiece. You can pre-order tickets online at, or you can buy them at the theater.

"Join ‘THE DEUCE Jockeys’ on June 12 for SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE that hit 42nd in 1982 at the Times Square Theatre – catering its craziness to the lowest common denominator – the dregs of The Deuce!

Plus: Prizes and surprises, Gaffel Kolsch at the after-party, and music by DJ BONES! Hosted and presented by THE DEUCE JOCKEYS: Jeff, Andy, and Joe!

Nitehawk Cinema is New York’s original cinema eatery; an Independent movie house bringing a selective approach to film, food, and drinks.

Nitehawk offers audiences an unparalleled cinematic experience by combining exemplary first-run and repertory film programming along with tableside food and beverage service in all theaters. Complementing our staple menu items of gourmet concessions, local beers, and handcrafted cocktails, Nitehawk’s team creates specialty dishes and drinks inspired by our films. Our unique Signature Series programming includes LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA, Country Brunchin’, Nitehawk Naughties, Nitehawk Nasties, The Works, Music Driven, and Art Seen. The Cinema also presents thirty-minute “Pre-shows” tailored to each movie that feature local filmmakers and clips curated by our cinema department.

Our Williamsburg location is a triplex, hosting a 92 and 60-seat theater along with our intimate 28-seat theater. Nitehawk’s upstairs lobby and bar plays selected movies to watch while you wait. The beautiful downstairs cafe space offers full-service food and drink service. It is also the hub for our free programming such as Movie Trivia Night, VHS Vault, Bootlegger’s Night, and the Artist Film Club."


"THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (1982) helped define the slasher film ethos of the 1980s. Put together by first-time director Amy Holden from a script, titled “Don’t Open the Door,” by celebrated author Rita Mae Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle), the film was an immediate hit for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, eventually spawning two sequels and became a staple in mom-and-pop corner video stores of the 1980s.

When Trish (Michele Michaels) decides to invite her high school girls’ basketball teammates over for a slumber party, she has no idea the night is going to end with an unexpected guest – an escaped mental patient and his portable power drill – crashing the party in the cult classic, The Slumber Party Massacre.”

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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.