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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…
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,…
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!
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
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.
Goofy, gory fun--even if writer/director Jeremy Saulnier never quite figures out what to do with his own premise. Call it Saulnier's Reservoir Dogs: a decent first effort by an honest-to-god artist who would go on to do much, much better.
An fun little dark comedy. Will be fun to watch around Halloween.
Far more intelligent than anything you'd expect from a straight-to-DVD slasher comedy satire with a tagline that reads "Everybody Dies," Jeremy Saulnier's feature debut, Murder Party, is a briskly paced and stylish genre bending exercise that may not produce more than a few raucous belly laughs, but it is consistently chuckle-worthy and seriously fun.
A great addition to the modern horror classics, Murder Party is a creepy, funny thriller with much more on its mind than other slashers. Quite possibly a dark satire on the art community, Saulnier's script sparkles with great dialogue and engaging characters. An extremely fun film that comes recommended for the Halloween binges to come.
This is a mildly funny Halloween turned dark comedy that hates on hipsters and so-called-artists. So if that's your cup o' tea then... you're probably a hipster and will love this no budget indie romp.
I wouldn't put this in my must watch Halloween movies, but it is interesting and it's quirks give it a bit of charm. The story is a little rough and I don't really know who to root for, but Macon Blair was the best part. You can see him and the director give you a more-refined version of their vision in Blue Ruin.
Murder Party is about a man held hostage by a group of New York artists. The film is a fun low-budget horror. Its commentary on modern art is used mostly as a plot device. Some of the acting is amateurish. Available from Netflix DVD, Murder Party is a recommended budding auteur requirement that may otherwise be skipped.
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Pretty solid flick the director of Blue Ruin, production values far greater than its budget.
What did I just watch?
Alright, let me try to piece this together- some guy finds an invitation to a Murder Party on Halloween night and decides to go. When he gets there, a group of people (dressed as characters from much, much better movies) tie him up and discuss murdering him for the sake of art. Then they all do drugs. And people die.
This movie was all over the place. At times it was really, really funny. Other times, it was tough to pinpoint what was happening and why. It may have been a weak script or some questionable acting (the main character was really good, but the ringleader of the Murder Party was not), but I really had no idea why some people did what they were doing. I guess the movie would have me believe it was because of drugs. Either way, I didn't really buy into it.
I've been wanting to watching this film since I screened Jeremy Saulnier's 'Blue Ruin' in 2013. Holy crap, for a no-budget film from a first time director, 'Murder Party' is an immensely enjoyable film. This might just be my new Halloween stand-by.
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