Welcome to 31 Days of ’80s Horror boys and ghouls! Each day in October I’ll be posting about a horror film from the 1980s, some of which you may have heard of, others may be a little more obscure. This is the month to celebrate all things spooky so I wanted to present some films from my favorite era of the horror genre. I hope you enjoy the column and discover some new ’80s horror flicks to watch, or rewatch, whatever the case may be. I know I’ll be checking out some of these ghastly tales myself since I’ve come across a few that even I’ve never heard of! So on with the horror! On with the terror! On with the ’80s!
It’s April Fool’s Day and the sisters of Sigma Alpha Pi have found the perfect place to throw a party: the abandoned fraternity house where a guillotined pledge lost his head in a hazing gone awry. But shortly after the revelry begins, the student body count starts to rise as the vengeful pledge returns from the grave and makes it a party to die for.
Killer Party comes from director William Fruet, who went on to direct various episodes of the Goosebumps TV series, and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter screenwriter Barney Cohen. The movie features a cast that includes Paul Bartel (Chopping Mall, Piranha), Martin Hewitt (Endless Love), Terri Hawkes (Prom Night II), Howard Busgang (Terror Train) and introduced Joanna Johnson (The Bold and the Beautiful). Killer Party also features ’80s hair metal band White Sister singing their song, April (You’re No Fool). I’ve never seen the movie but from various reviews I’ve read, it sounds like this is super cheesy and fun if you like so-bad-they’re-good movies. Apparently, the tone of the movie is all over the place and the movie starts off as a slasher flick before swapping genres and going supernatural. Either way, it sounds like the movie promises some ’80s college frat/sorority fun which undoubtedly involves nudity, a staple of the slasher genre.
How to watch Killer Party
Warner Archive has Killer Party available to purchase through their DVD-on-demand service. (Buy Killer Party on DVD)
You can also purchase the DVD through Amazon. (Buy Killer Party on Amazon)
I couldn’t find a trailer for the movie but Warner Archive has a three-minute clip from the movie.
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by Ben McBride
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