POOL PARTY MASSACRE (2017)
Directed by Drew Marvick
Written by Drew Marvick
Starring Kristin Noel McKusick, Margaux Némé, Alexis Adams, Dylan Baker, Sally Burnswello, Nick Byer, Paul Card, Dora Deceuninck, Jimmy Grosse, Mark Justice, Gus Langley, Trevor Layne, Drew Marvick, Jenifer Marvick, John Molinaro, Destiny Faith Nelson, Crystal Stoney, Cameron Lee Vamp, LeeAnna Vamp!
Don’t go into this one expecting much and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the retro-80’s antics of POOL PARTY MASSACRE.
The film starts out by jumping into the deep end with a double gory murder and then dives right into letting us get to know and oogle our bathing beauties that are attending the pool party. When her parents go out of town, Blair (Kristin Noel McKusick) and her lifelong friend Nancy (Margaux Némé) decide to throw an all-girl shindig and they’ve brought only their bathing suits. Unfortunately, not only is there a serial killer offing them one at a time, but one of the gals brought her boyfriend and her boyfriend brought party crasher Clay (Nick Byer) to annoy the uppity and high-maintenance gals at the party. Many tools will be bloodied in what happens next.
POOL PARTY MASSACRE isn’t a film to take seriously because it’s cast and crew don’t. It knows it’s a slasher throwback to a simpler time when all that mattered was boobs and a bodycount and this film provides much of both. Shown from a POV where we can only see the hands and waist down, the film keeps the identity of the killer a mystery for most of the film, so there’s a nice mystery vibe going on—allowing the audience the fun of trying to figure out who the killer is. Of course, there’s the Scooby-Doo moment where the killer is reveals along with a moustache-twirling monologue, but the motivation makes sense and actually puts a fun twist on the tried and true slasher formula.
The kills are especially gnarly and are definitely one half of the highpoint of the film. It’s fun to see the killer pick a clean tool off of his orderly tool rack, only to return it blood-covered after the murder takes place. It’s a fun bookend to each kill that adds some humor to the mix. The gore, as usual in these types or films, is really good and it seems much of the budget went into making them look legit. I especially liked a drill kill where the moving drill bit is twirling out of the victim’s chest.
More surprisingly, POOL PARTY MASSACRE is a genuinely funny film. A lot of that has to do with Nick Byer’s performance as Clay, whose obnoxious behavior grosses out most of the bikini clad occupants of the party. His conspiracy theory involving FERRIS BEULLER’S DAY OFF is offbeat and amusing, but also makes you think a bit. All the way through, there is a wicked and mostly spot on sense of humor that again lets the viewer know this is all meant for a fun time.
Yes, the ladies are beautiful and fill out the bathing suits well. Don’t expect strong acting, but the eye candy is on full display, so there’s plenty of titillation going on. Filmmaker Drew Marvick delivers a fast moving, overall amusing, and potently gory good time in this breezy modern slasher throwback. Just have fun and watch the bikinis and blood mix.