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.
"I didn't sign on for a second-degree assault party"
I really didn't expect this to be a spiritual sequel to "Nosferatu the Vampyre" but I'm down with it
I've been watching a lot of really good movies lately, it's pretty neat
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!
A very funny and gruesome satire. Loved seeing Jeremy Saulnier's debut.
Indie goodness! Amazing what the crew made considering their financial constraints
Not even I'm the same ball park as Jeremy Saulnier's modern classic "Blue Ruin" but horror comedies are my jam. A horror comedy that can make me really, truly, cackle with glee is a very special thing.
All the characters were enjoyable in their own hilarious way and the Halloween costumes were on point too.
It must have felt great for Macon Blair, to go from this piece of shit to Blue Ruin and Green Room.
As for this movie itself, its full of satire about Art students, and i wanted to give this 8/10, but ending was pretty weak.
Mostly a mess, though it features a few moments that hint at Saulnier's talent to come. It's not a complete wash - today's Saulnier could almost certainly make something more worthwhile out of this material. It's still not totally a case of an unformed first-timer bringing down an otherwise solid film, as Saulnier's sometimes suggested. The film is really badly structured, and most of it just isn't funny, both on paper and in practice.
Where nowhere near the greatness of "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room", the film is a fun enough watch.
An entertaining, first time feature, with obviously limited resources.
Good horror-comedy. Better than a lot of try hard films that do similar things but dont work quite as well.
I'm not usually one for 21st century low-budget horror comedies, because they often come off a little too film-nerdy for my tastes (If I have to sit through another movie where all the people and places are named for the most obvious horror directors, I'm gonna lose it). This was really well done though. A great lead comic performance (there's a piece of physical comedy that made me bust a gut) and some decent writing helps make this feel more legitimate.
Just added SHUDDER to my Amazon account - figure I can get some good use out of it this month. I've been wanting to watch this none colored named Jeremy Saulnier movie for awhile - figured with it's Halloween theme, that it would hit the spot. Both written and directed by Saulnier, you can feel that this is most definitely a first movie. ON a micro budget. He's feeling his way through making a movie - over egging the pudding on the steadicam, giving actors free reign in their performances -- it's not the best of movies. It gets its legging toward the end of the movie, but it's most definitely a bit of a slog. It's utterly amazing that…
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