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A random invitation to a Halloween party leads a man into the hands of a rogue collective intent on murdering him for the sake of their art, sparking a bloodbath of mishap, mayhem and hilarity
With its obvious ode to John Carpenter's Halloween and everything else that's retro slasher horror cool, Murder Party is the no-budget feature film debut from director Jeremy Saulnier, who took the indie world by storm in 2014 and opened a lot of mainstream eyes with his breakout hit Blue Ruin. While this comically darkly horrific tale about a guy who gets invited to a party you should never RSVP for is no Blue Ruin, it's a hilarious beginning for a director who will only get better with each movie. Krazy Kitty. Subway rap. The most bootleg Halloween costume in cinematic history. Never play with fire. Badass beards own mutton chops any day of the week. Baseball Furies' benchwarmer. Preservatives, can…
I've finally got round to watching the debut feature from director Jeremy Saulnier and while it was shot on a low budget and is fairly rough around the edge's, it's also extremely funny in places and shows a lot of promise. The kind of film where a lot of ideas have been thrown into the mix and while not all of them work, the success rate is pretty good.
Set in NYC during Halloween, the film stars Chris Sharp as Chris, a loner civil servant who lives alone with his cat Sir Lancelot. As he heads home on Halloween after stopping off at the video store for some horror films to help pass the night, he stumbles over a small…
Shortly after Murder Party was released, a friend of mine suggested it and I promised her that I would watch it, well, 8 years later is better late than never!
Just yesterday I was talking with GhosTea about the idiotic proclamation that Eli Roth is the new Wes Craven (from an article that was written shortly after Craven's death). It's unnecessary for anyone to fill his shoes, we should be more interested in encouraging filmmakers to leave their own marks on the genre and that is exactly what the director of Murder Party is doing. With this and Blue Ruin under his belt (and his new film Green Room, which I am eagerly anticipating)--Jeremy Saulnier is making waves and leaving…
This movie is good because art students deserve to be brutally murdered while high on crank.
Everybody dies, but death is best when Jeremy Saulnier is at the helm.
What seemed like yet another torture porn movie quickly morphed into a pretty amusing satire on the New York art scene. The satire itself isn’t particularly sophisticated, merely highlighting the ridiculousness that surrounds modern art and the one-upmanship of the artists, but whilst the targets are easy it doesn’t stop the film from being entertaining.
Murder Party may have a victim/hero but he is merely a bit player to the artists who intend to kill him in order to win a lucrative arts grant. Although there is a reasonable amount of bloodletting the film is more interested in telling jokes at the artist’s expense as they become more preposterous and more like caricatures as the night progresses. It’s a very slight film, and probably won’t stand up well to repeat viewings, but for a low budget feature the script is sharp, the performances are solid and it rarely outstays its welcome.
Filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier's debut feature is a tumultuous exercise in artistic bloodshed that revels in gallows humor and psychological gamesmanship. The violence is handled with a refreshing matter of fact attitude, which doesn't downplay the intrinsic horror the act itself conveys. Saulnier seems to enjoy putting everyman characters in circumstances that consistently spiral out of control and exploring their reactionary methods. As a low budget effort, it is tautly controlled with a visual immediacy that consistently compels. It may be little more than a blueprint for the more impressive and nuanced Blue Ruin, but it is deliberately and assuredly built for maximum fun, rather then the stark intensity that effort radiates. Both films definitely prove that Macon Blair is pretty much the shit, and that Saulnier knows what the fuck he's doing. Bring on Green Room, guys!
Excellent. Went into it only knowing that it was by the Blue Ruin director, and it was a great surprise. Modern, low-budget, horror comedy that's actually funny!
After Green Room, I needed to see al films by JeremySaulnier. Murder Party is a good debut.
The opening scenes manage to capture the atmosphere of Halloween in NYC pretty well. The movie has a certain style and I really liked the way the main character said "Happy Halloween!" when he came to the party. Sometimes it's the little things. It feels like an amateur movie which helps to overlook/forgive some flaws.
Low budget trash.
Pretty awesome for what it was. One of the better horror films we watched in October.
A Parker Pick.
A cheerleader, a PSP-playing baseball fan, Kevin Smith, Sia and one of Panic! At The Disco conspire to make... the best comedy-horror ever? If it ain't, I'm taking suggestions for what takes its crown.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Watchable and well-executed, but there were a couple of things I either missed or were left unclear of at the climax-I didn't quite get the significance of the screenshot on Lexi's phone after the axe-to-the-head bit, and while it was suggested Hellhammer chewed off his owner's lips--was it just because he was a drugged-up doggy, or was there some other reason I didn't catch?
Un loser encuentra una invitacion a una fiesta mortal de Halloween y decide ir. Alli se encuentra con un grupo de pirados en un almacen, cuya intencion es matarle y drogarse... delirante y bizarra, construida sobre dialogos irracionales y movimientos de camara constantes, es mas un experimento en cine indie que una pelicula de terror. Una curiosidad.
Jeremy Saulnier night at the Moss Pad. No one calls it that.
Anyway, this was the second (or perhaps third) time I've seen this movie. It was shown to me originally in 2008 or 2009 by a lady who I went on to date for about a year. That relationship did not end well, and so the movie brings on some mixed feelings.
It's a funny concept, if a bit sophomoric. Some scenes have bad pacing, a couple of the actors are pretty green, but it is pretty funny and delivers the blood. There are some memorable lines that stick with me, which I had remembered from my original viewing(s) about 8 years ago.
All in all, it was a pleasant revisit. Saulnier has come far since this film.
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