Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier is coming on board to answer everything you wanted to know about his punk splatter…
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…
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!
Jeremy Saulnier's first feature, years before Blue Ruin and Green Room, is a micro-budgeted amateur indie cheapie, but it's still so recognizably his work, with incompetent, desperate characters locked in a tense push-and-pull situation with each other, and some startlingly graphic gore. A shy nebbish finds an invitation to a "murder party" and shows up to discover that the "artists" who planned the party want to murder him, and things get ridiculous from there. It's openly a dark comedy, made by Saulnier and some of the friends he used to make backyard home-video movies with as a child. (The making-of video, which includes scenes from those childhood projects, is an adorable must-see.) Not a fantastic movie, but an enjoyable background to Saulnier's later work.
"Fuck this whole scene, everybody dies."
A tonal mess. Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin and Green Room are some of my favorite films of the last couple years, so I was excited to check out his first feature. I was expecting another tense thriller, but was disappointed to find out this was mostly a comedy. The movie fluctuates tonally between slapstick and tension, and neither work. The comedy falls flat every time and it immediately breaks all tension the movie tries to build. The characters are completely unbelievable and their motivations are nonsensical. It tries too hard to be wacky, and ruins everything that could have been cool about this film.
Hoop-Tober 3.0 Film: 6/31
5 Decades: 2/5
i like jeremy saulnier.
Since I enjoyed Green Room and Blue Ruin, I decided to complete the Jeremy Saulnier trilogy.
Murder Party is a low budget horror film that is very well done. This movie has a lot more humor than his later two movies, but the violence is still there and the premise was interesting. At a scant 75 minutes, it is very much worth the watch.
Still love this movie.
This ended up being a few gems worth of a movie.
Includes one of the most realistic practical effects I have seen... And I just realized I never even considered it could have been cgi until now
A falta recursos, a Murder Party le sobran ideas, tanto a nivel visual como en el guión, convirtiéndose en una divertida sátira sobre varios aspectos del colectivo artístico (con énfasis en el arte moderno) que en sus últimos 25 minutos acaba mutando en lo que se esperaba desde el principio: un slasher que no se corta con la hemoglobina y ni con efectos prácticos muy currados. La ópera prima de Jeremy Saulnier obviamente no llega al nivel de sus dos posteriores trabajos, más refinados, profesionales e interesantes; pero sí consigue estar muy muy por encima de otras producciones de género con presupuesto ínfimo. Sin duda, una agradable sorpresa.
MURDER PARTY is a very low budget horror comedy that you can set your watch to: loser gets invited to a secret Halloween party where the other guests are waiting to kill him. And if you told me anyone other than Jeremy Saulnier, writer/director of BLUE RUINS and GREEN ROOM was responsible for it, chances are I wouldn't even give it the time of day. But huge props to Saulnier who, working with his friends (including Macon Blair, who would go on to star in BLUE RUIN) takes a worn premise and manages to inject many of the themes and subtexts that permeate his later films, and shows that the visual flourishes that made his later…
Jeremy Saulnier is a brilliant filmmaker. Green Room is my second favorite movie of the year so far. Blue Ruin is one of my favorite films ever made. With those two movies in mind, I had to check out his first feature, Murder Party. I really loved this movie. Is it as good as Blue Ruin or Green Room? No, but it is so insane that I just had so much fun watching it. The dark comedy is great and the comedic timing of the cast is on point. There are some directorial flares in this movie that don't quite work (some strange camera work that makes a scene harder to watch) but had I seen this movie first, I'd…
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