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Creepy and Geeky celebrates our return with a look back at the return of two slasher classics, “Slumber Party Massacre” and “Prom Night”.

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On this episode of “What’s Your Favorite Double Feature?”, returning guest Onika brings the campy sequels Slumber Party Massacre 2 and Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2.

The Slumber Party Massacre was a 1982 American slasher film directed by Amy Holden Jones, written by Rita Mae Brown, and financed by none other than Roger Corman. The film follows a high school senior who gathers her friends for a slumber party, unaware that an escaped power drill-wielding killer is loose in the neighborhood. It was originally written by Author and feminist activist Brown as a parody of the slasher genre but was shot as a straightforward horror film instead (against her wishes).

The Slumber Party Massacre grossed $3.6 million at the box office on a budget of $220,000. It received mixed reviews from critics but has since obtained a large cult following.

The sequel, Slumber Party Massacre II, was released in 1987. This black comedy slasher film was written and directed by Deborah Brock and once again produced by Roger Corman. The film follows the final girl, Courtney, a character introduced in the previous film, as she and her friends are attacked by a supernatural killer with a power-drill guitar.

Slumber Party Massacre II didn’t fare as well as its predecessor, grossing $1.3 million at the box office on a budget of $500,000. Still, it was enough to greenlight yet another sequel, Slumber Party Massacre III, released in 1990.

Despite a largely negative reception, Slumber Party Massacre has also attracted a cult following among fans of the slasher genre.

Prom Night was a 1980 slasher film directed by Paul Lynch and written by William Gray. The film starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen. It follows a group of high school seniors who are targeted at their prom by a masked killer, seeking vengeance for the accidental death of a young girl (six years earlier).

Prom Night was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in late 1979 on a budget of $1.5 million. Distributed by Astral Films in Canada and AVCO Embassy Pictures in the United States, the film was released on July 18, 1980 in select cinemas and was an immediate financial success. At the time, it was AVCO Embassy’s most financially successful release, breaking weekend records in several major markets

By the end of the film’s theatrical run, Prom Night had grossed $15 million in the United States and was Canada’s highest-earning horror film of 1980. It has since accrued a substantial cult following.

The sequel, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, was released in 1987. It was directed by Bruce Pittman and follows a high school student who becomes possessed by Mary Lou Maloney, a student who died at her high school prom in 1957.

It was originally intended to be a standalone film titled The Haunting of Hamilton High, but was retitled in order to capitalize on the success of the original Prom Night.

The only story connection between the two films is that they are set at the same high school. It was released theatrically in the United States by The Samuel Goldwyn Company in October 1987, and grossed nearly $3 million at the U.S. box office. It was, however, more of a success on home video.

Follow Onika on twitter @MysOnikaJ

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The first episode in our new series ”What’s Your Favorite Double Feature?” brought returning guest Angel Krause to the show to talk about a chidren-in-peril double feature: Z and Come Play.

Z is a 2019 Canadian horror film directed by Brandon Christensen and based on a script written by Christensen and Colin Minihan. In the film, a couple is terrorized by their eight-year-old son’s imaginary friend. Come Play is a 2020 American horror thriller film written and directed by Jacob Chase, based on his own short film titled Larry. It’s about a gruesome monster named “Larry” that manifests itself through smart phones and mobile devices while trying to take Oliver, a lonely boy desperate for a friend.

Follow Angel on Twitter @FromMausoleum

Follow Amber on Twitter @Another4TheFire

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Creepy and Geeky is a podcast about horror/comic book movies and so much more. Creepy double-feature episodes come out every Monday, and Geeky comic book episodes are released every Friday. Your host, Robert, is a geek through and through, absorbing all manner of pop culture, but specifically addicted to comic books, movies, and horror.

New episodes drop every Monday. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or right here on Morbidly Beautiful.

We’ll be sharing every horror episode shortly after it drops. But if you love the show as much as we do, we encourage you to tune into the weekly comic book episodes as well.

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