Killer Band!

Anyone here remember White Sister? Well, I hope so because they were the band featured in the clever movie-within-a-music-video-within-a-movie at the beginning of Killer Party. That’s one band I always thought was created for a film. I mean, they just look too much of their time, you know? But I was wrong. This band was for real, and they rocked. According to their website White Sister opened up for many a bigger named act in the 80s and eventually signed with EMI America before suffering internal problems and breaking up.

One of the things I adore about Killer Party is that it holds a sense of real fun. You can see it in this opening scene with the band; you can also see it in the spirited performances, the pacing, the costume party… all of it! It’s a movie that has been on my mind lately because every year, like clockwork, when the leaves start to change I get a hankering for one of my all time favorite slashers.

Am I talking about Halloween, you ask?

No silly! Killer Party, which might not have any of the subtleties of that John Carpenter classic, is still a great entry into the sub-genre. The three lead girls are amazing. Why they never went on to bigger fame will always be a mystery to me. Each one adeptly captured the fun and confusion of being on your own for the first time. Well, there was no confusion on Phoebe’s part, she was just there to Par-tae!

Now that Killer Party hits its 20 year anniversary┬ásince its release in 1988 (man, has it really been that long?!?), I say it’s time to get the band back together! Well, White Sister has already beaten me to the punch, because they’ve been playing random gigs since at least 2006, based on their site.

I just picked up their CD Fashion by Passion which features the song April that we all know and love from the greatest movie to feature a beautiful – blonde – girl – who – gets – possessed – and – climbs – across – the – ceiling – of – an – old – abandoned – frat – house – where – some – guy – named – Alan – died – in – a – prank – gone – wrong! It’s available on Amazon, so what are you waiting for?

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4 Responses to “ Killer Band! ”

  1. Killer Party is one of my favorites too! It’s actually 22 years old and definitely deserves a DVD release, hopefully with all the uncut gore. You can just TELL that stuff was cut from the movie.

  2. Your site is fantastic Tony! I’m going to spend some time there on my lunch today. Yeah, 22 years… can you believe it. I went by the release date, but you are right (and maybe I got the release date wrong – I’m bad with numbers!).

    This CD is quite good. Check it out if you get a chance! And thanks for posting!

  3. I think Killer Party was released in 1986, but was actually made in 1984. I could be wrong, but that sounds right. Amanda, your love for that film knows no boundaries. It’s one of my favorites too. Thanks for the info in White Sister. That is such a great opening to the film. I know some people say it’s ridiculous and silly, but I thought it just added to the overall feel of it all. “April, why do you play the fool.” Classic cheesy goodness right there. Great cast, cool setting, and hijinks to make me happy.

  4. Tuzo, get that CD. It’s really good. I have been listening to it endlessly since it arrived last week. White Sister RULES!

    And I think you two are right about the dates. I feel dumb, but you know, I ususally feel dumb!

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