All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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…
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…
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
Murder Party, how I love thee, my underappreciated pearl.
Now this is a solid horror comedy in and of itself - I mean, just at the merit of the concept it's already funny, but the execution is brilliant as well, there's some amazingly funny gore (elecric chainsaw, need I say more?) and the actors are spot on for their characters.
However, the icing on top of this delicious horror/comedy cake, is my personal experience with art school students. I was at art school when I first watched it and let me tell you, however horrible and exaggerated the characters seem for comedy's sake, it's true. It's alllll trueeee! AARHHH!
so yeah, great movie!
Goofy early movie from the guy who would go on to give us Blue Ruin and Green Room. This feels as 90's as just about anything that's come out since the 90's. And I mean that in a good way - its subject matter (incompetent criminals trying to carry out a crime they aren't qualified to pull off) and its setting (mostly in one room) are carried off in an energetic fashion with a fairly light touch, so it doesn't beat you over the head with STYLE! STYLE! STYLE! or anything, and its silly, minimalist story is well within the comfort zone of the limitations at hand.
There's a fair bit of mayhem, it pokes fun at artsy-fartsy types, and…
A friend excited lent me Murder Party, which he claimed to enjoy, because he knew that I like horror films. After watching it I returned the DVD and asked him, “Do you ironically like this movie, or do you actually…really like it?”
That should give you an idea of what I thought of the film.
Murder Party follows a nebbish individual who, having no real plans for Halloween, makes the impromptu decision to attend a “Murder Party” to which he found an invitation on the ground on his way home from work. He makes a DIY suit of armor out of cardboard to wear, bakes a pumpkin roll, and sets off to mingle with a bunch of complete strangers. Upon…
An awesome recommendation from friends on Letterboxd. Before Jeremy Saulnier made Blue Ruin, a fairly realistic and quite slow paced revenge thriller, he made Murder Party, a ridiculous and silly horror comedy.
Our protagonist finds a decorated invitation to a "Murder Party" ("come alone") on the way home from work on Halloween. When his cat, Sir Lancelot, won't get out of his chair, he decides to go to the party. But it turns out to be a bad idea - for everyone involved...
I'm not quite sold on the rich arrogant guy who appears about half way in. But apart from that I thought this was very cool, very funny and suitably chaotic. This was much more in my wheelhouse than Blue Ruin. An excellent crazy horror comedy.
My review is here:
If you told me the guy who gave us "Blue Ruin", directed this flm I would have called you a liar But thankfully the internet exists and I know that you in fact wouldn't be lying and I guess all film makers start somewhere.
Murder Party tells the story of a NYC parking enforcer who attends a Murder Party on Halloween only realize once he's knocked out that these people intend to kill him. Why? because it's like art man.
The film starts off a tad boring gets better, gets boring, gets better, gets boring and then delivers a mostly satisfying ending. There's a few gaps in the script where belief needs to be put aside and it's clear this…
This movie is amazing.
After stumbling upon an invite to a Halloween "Murder Party" casually blowing down the street, a hapless NYC parking enforcer (Chris Sharp) dons a cardboard knight costume and heads out to the warehouse district where the address leads him. Once he arrives, he is attacked and tied up to a chair by a bunch of costumed art students who are trying to get a bunch of grant money from the mysterious Alexander (Alex Barnett) by killing their hapless victim as art, and as commentary on art. Will our knight break free and survive this Halloween night? Jeremy Saulnier's Murder Party has, for me, become a Halloween tradition. This fun, funny, and even terrifying comedy horror film is both scathing and…
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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