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[Exclusive] ‘Pool Party Massacre’ Poster Channels ’80s VHS Art

It’s going to be the worst pool party EVER.

The slasher films of the ’80s have their own set of tropes and inherent qualities, not the least of which are scantily clad women, gruesome practical effects, and of course, eye-catching poster art. All of these things will be found in Drew Marvick’s upcoming throwback Pool Party Massacre, and we’ve got the exclusive first look at artist Marc Schoenbach’s retro poster art for the flick.

Schoenbach, who runs the company Sadist Art Designs, nails that retro ’80s vibe better than any other artist on the scene right now, and his posters for films like The Barn and The Diabolical are some of the coolest we’ve seen in recent years. His Pool Party Massacre art is no exception, channeling the spirit of lurid VHS box art and making us feel seriously nostalgic for the ’80s.

Marvick explained to us why he brought Schoenbach on board:

I wanted to do a poster that gave me the same feeling that so many of the VHS boxes in the Horror section of my local video store gave me as a kid. I always loved the use of skulls back then, like in the art for Cheerleader Camp, Return to Horror High, and of course Evil Dead 2. But I also have such a fond memory of VHS boxes and posters that were actually art, and not just scenes from the movie. Often they actually had nothing to do with the movie itself. A shoe never got stabbed in Sleepaway Camp, a pumpkin never turned into a skull in Halloween 2, and there isn’t a giant vampire cloud in Fright Night (spoiler alert), but all of those posters are awesome, and scared me as a kid. That’s what Marc and I were going for with this poster, and I think he totally nailed it.

With that being said, I am not trying to say there isn’t a girl with a skull for a head drinking an eyeball cocktail in the movie Pool Party Massacre; there might just be, but you will just have to watch it to find out.

Marvick, who wrote and directed, also teased what we can expect from the film:

Pool Party Massacre is my blood-soaked love letter to the slasher films of the 80’s that I grew up watching, and still continue to watch over and over again. As a first time director my biggest priority was to make a slasher film, and as an obsessed horror fan I knew I had to do it right. Even though we had no budget, and an obvious curse put on the whole production, we still did our best to capture the spirit of the films we were paying tribute to, while also making sure it didn’t come off as a blatant rip off or god forbid a spoof.

The film is set in present day, and happens in real time as a group of hot young high maintenance socialites are having a little backyard pool party. Of course, it wouldn’t be a slasher film if there wasn’t an unknown killer hiding inside the house, brutally murdering them one by one in a creative and bloody fashion. My goal was to try to achieve a perfect recipe of practical gore fx, hot girls, heavy metal, homage, comedy, nudity, and even a little bit of story.

In Pool Party Massacre, “What started out as a relaxing summer day by the pool for a group of high maintenance young socialites quickly becomes a nightmare when an unknown killer begins stalking and murdering them one by one.”

Check out the art below and check back soon for the trailer!




  • Willie

    Looks more like a cover to a Goosebumps book.

    • We were definitely inspired by Christopher Pike and Goosebumps books. They always had great covers!

  • Rick-Taylor

    I love it!

  • Geno1987

    Death Spa anyone?

  • Se_7_eN

    So….. When does this come out?

    • Se_7_eN

      Nevermind, I just saw a clip of it…. Looks like the poster will be the highlight of this movie.

      • Hash-Slinging Slasher


      • Where did you see a clip, we haven’t even released a trailer yet. I am not doubting the poster will be the highlight of the movie, just want to make sure you saw a clip form the right movie.

        • Se_7_eN

          There is a small promotional video on the Facebook page… I edited my lame comment, I must have been in a bad mood yesterday or something.

          You guys look like you had a lot of fun with this, when does it come out?

          • Don’t worry about it, I know damn well some people are gonna hate it. Hell there are days when I hate it, and I made it. But we did have fun making it. We are finishing the movie right now, it should be out in March. Trailer should be released in January some time. If you like 80’s slashers like Slumber Party Massacre, April Fools Day, Sleep Away Camp, then you might not hate Pool Party Massacre. (that should be out new tagline)

          • Se_7_eN

            Those are all pretty amazing movies… I will definitely see this, thanks for the information and sorry again for the premature comment.

  • festivvl

    Looks like the cover of a Christopher Pike novel 🙂

    • Definitely inspired by Christopher Pike novels for sure! I loved those covers!

  • Creepshow

    Holy shit Drew, you totally summed up my love for old school posters with skeletons/skulls on them. The one that pissed me off the most was Popcorn (haha). Seeing a skeleton actually walking or moving in a movie, is the one thing that would freak me out every time. I wish it was used more. From the face peel in Poltergeist, right through Army of Darkness. Someone needs to bring that back!

    • Yep, totally agree. I swear most of my nightmares when I was a kid had skulls in them for some reason, probably the Evil Dead 2 poster.

      • Creepshow

        Put a pair of moving eyeballs in a skull, and my hair will stand up guaranteed. I couldn’t stand that Evil Dead 2 box staring at me in the video stores.

  • ScriptGiverTJ


    AKA: it sucks.

    • Well Pool Party Massacre is more of an homage then a throwback, but it still might suck.

  • wrestling fan 36

    If it has the word massacre in it then chances are imma watch it

    • then you are exactly who we made this movie for!

  • Sykes

    This reminds me of all the times I rented a movie because of rad box art and then ended up hating the movie that didn’t live up to it.

    I hope that happens again, even if just for nostalgic reasons. 😉

    • I can totally relate. Hopefully you don’t end up hating Pool Party Massacre though, but it sounds like it might be a win either way.

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