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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
Movie #8 of 31 Nights of Horror Hoop-toberfest!
It seemed like it was going to go into torture porn territory (not my type of horror, at all) but then blunders started, and more coke was consumed! These wannabe art stars would "die" for their art! Their roundabout session of puns was pretty good.
Plenty of gore in the last quarter of the movie, and lots of cheesy jokes too.
I haven't seen Blue Ruin yet but I am so so looking forward to it!
The 2nd of Horroctober - #19
Before Blue Ruin (which I still need to see), Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair made Murder Party, a darkly comic horror / satire / Halloween version of After Hours on a tiny budget.
A shy traffic warden finds an invitation in the street and heads off to a party in a shady part of New York. It only takes a few minutes for the hosts to reveal that they plan to kill him as part of a poorly planned art "happening" in order to impress an acquaintance who claims to have grant money to dish out. Escape attempts, party games and drug-taking follow.
Murder Party does a decent job with limited resources. The cast are all very good considering their lack of experience, and their conversations form an amusing satire of the art world.
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
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