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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
Watching "Murder Party" requires a certain disposition from the viewer to unfold its full enjoyment: You have to possess a healthy amount of hate for art students or hipsters.
The movie starts with an uninteresting and lonely guy who gets ready to watch some VHS horror movies on Halloween when he suddenly finds an invitation for a "Murder Party" blowing around on the street in front of his house. He builts himself a Knight costume out of cardboard and heads to the indicated location, only to be knocked out, tied up and prepared to be killed for real by a bunch of art students looking for their big break.
Now while I didn't find it as funny as other reviewers,…
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.
murder party has been one of my favorites since i was a cool teen and it remains one of my favorites and i love it and if u hate it i hate u get out
Too many modern horror films seem too interested in trying (and failing) to recreate the 70’s or 80’s look and feel. There’s nothing wrong with that per say, but there are plenty of modern groups of people that can be used in horror films. When people do attempt a contemporary film they just used the high school jock character or the slut etc etc. Murder Party is just about the only horror film I can think of that deals with the hipster culture.
The film is clearly low budget as the majority takes place in just one room, but it works really well. The dialog is plentiful but sharp and witty. The performances are all really good for a film…
Well, what a wonderful surprise this was!
It is for the most part a clever ( sometimes a bit too clever ) satire, attacking the art scene. That gives some witty dialogue and some fresh humour.
It is also an over the top, gory slasher that manages to look very convincing despite is obviously tiny budget.
How these two elements mix is up for you to find out. I will say that it is a bit unbalanced and probably aims a bit too high but it is still a thoroughly entertaining watch that never outstays its welcome.
After loving Blue Ruin, my expectations were pretty high for Jeremy Saulneir's debut film.
I wasn't completely disappointed, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't let me down just a little bit. While the points it made about art were well received, it just felt slightly off. There's really not a way for me to explain it, but Murder Party just didn't quite get it right.
I've never thought low-budget debuts should be reviewed as mainstream films are. There are always flaws but the real question is there anything interesting, different or exciting about them. With Murder Party the flaws are pretty close to the surface but the idea is the thing. Original and fun.
A fun thriller/horror movie from one of my favorite new directors.
No money party
Murder Party spends an hour and twenty minutes of painfully bad performances and hammy writing to deliver a message that could have been dealt out in a five minute sketch. There are several well timed jokes in this film but they don't succeed in making the film any less boredom inducing.
Hm, not quite sure I came across this movie. I can totally see that I would fully support this just by reading the script, it is just like my kind of movie. However, something was off, a little bit of bad acting here, a tiny bit of a joke not sinking in there ... something was not right. I had to fast-forward half of its length so I would not really recommend it. There are other titles that are better executed than this.
Not a genuine review Will rewatch this soon.
"Wonderfully funny comedy horror set around an arts collectives warped idea to throw an Halloween party come snuff exhibition. Awesome characters are the key to the films success each member of the collective being as bizarre as the next. Highly recommended"
Microreview from my old site 10/11/2007 (7½ out of 10)
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