The most underrated slasher movie of the '80s?
Friday the 13th takes the cake as far as classic '80s slashers are concerned, but the series ignited a firestorm of slashorama throughout the decade, and I was shocked after watching 'Girls Nite Out' to see that so many people detest this movie because I thought it was a very noble effort. I've seen just about every slasher in the book, and I really enjoyed this film.
A disappearing dead mental patient?
A bunch of girls on an all-night scavenger hunt?
A killer in a bear mascot suit with knife-claws?
COUNT ME IN.
People hate the characters— I thought they were well fleshed-out and likable, especially by slasher movie standards.
People hate the killer's costume— a creepy bear mascot suit with massive yellow eyes? So that's not scary but a guy in a hockey mask is? C'mon guys. It's original, and not only that, but you can't tell me if you saw someone lurking around in it at night that you wouldn't be freaked out. It's so unconventional and bizarre that it IS creepy.
People also take issue with the ending, which I don't understand because I was blindsided by the twist. Maybe a bit anticlimactic, but whatever.
People take issue with the '50s and '60s pop music in the movie, which, again, I thought was a neat touch. It gives it a retro "Happy Days" vibe that is sensible considering it's a party kinda slasher movie.
And the murders in the film— again, I don't get what's not pleasing you people. They're really bloody and actually kind of disturbing (a 6-foot bear mascot digging knives into a girl's neck while calling her a slut is downright macabre).
I also really love the college campus setting and the way the filmmakers presented it, really atmospheric.
Am I missing something here? All slasher movies are campy to some degree, and for some reason I've failed to see all the problems people have with this movie. Compared to other genre offerings, it's actually really good.