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!