From “Splits” to “Massacre”: Esterhazy Remakes 80’s Horror Classic

She’s going from splitting some bananas to drilling a slumber party!

Filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy (left), who directed the 2019 horror spectacle that is The Banana Splits Movie, is directing a modern-day reboot of the 1982 horror classic The Slumber Party Massacre. The former, which made the #9 spot on WorldFilmGeek’s Top 20 of 2019, took a Five Nights at Freddy’s gorefest approach to the 1970’s children’s series.

This updated reboot of the 1982 slasher film, written and directed by Amy Holden Jones, has already been shot in South Africa last month. Esterhazy directed from a script by Ash vs. Evil Dead writer Suzanne Keilly. The film is a co-production between Blue Ice Pictures and Shout! Studios with the film to air on the Syfy Network later this year.

Hannah Gonera, Jane De Wet, Frances Sholto-Douglas, Mila Rayne, Alex McGregor and Reze-Tiana Wessels star in the new film alongside Rob van Vuuren who will play killer Russ Thorne, originally played by Michael Villela in the 1982 film.

The original film revolved around Russ Thorn, a mental asylum escapee who targets a group of teenage girls holding a slumber party with a power drill. The film would spawn two sequels, both written and directed by women, and have two spin-off franchises: Sorority House Massacre and Cheerleader Massacre.

Look out for the new Slumber Party Massacre later this year on SyFy.

H/T: SyFy Wire, Deadline

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