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KILLER YACHT PARTY
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Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert

Directed by: Piotr Uzarowicz

Starring:
James C. Burns
Kate Luyben
Renee Darmiento

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What's it about
A slutty party-girl and her plain-Jane friend from Iowa get themselves invited to a club / party that takes place on a yacht. Little do these party-people know the yacht is haunted by a woman who was murdered years ago. But the party must go on, even after the body count starts to rise.
Is it good movie?
Troma Entertainment label has made a name for itself in the film industry as being 100% independent, relishing in the making and the distributing of truly independent films--most of which of the horror variety. So when you sit down to a Troma movie, you pretty much know what you're going to get and that's more or less true for KILLER YACHT PARTY, an mega low budget horror flick that's part haunted boat movie, part slasher flick, filled with unlikable characters and a premise that's about as one dimensional as they get.

I would never say that KILLER YACHT PARTY is a horrendously awful movie that should never be viewed by anyone as there are a few solid elements hidden within all the garbage that surrounds it. I will say, however, that KILLER YACHT PARTY isn't a good movie and that I didn't particularly enjoy it. But just because I didn't enjoy it doesn't mean I wasn't able to recognize the parts that were done fairly well... for a Troma release.

While simple in its overall premise, the story is actually set up fairly well. That is to say, they threw in some twists and turns in the mystery that is the boat, and somehow created the illusion that the film was either about a haunted boat or a killer on the loose, and you don't really know which until the very end. And once the reveal happens, you can look back throughout the film at certain moments or at certain kills and it all makes sense. Surprisingly, the reveal isn't unbelievable or a far stretch, but rather makes perfect sense.

The body count reaches the teens by the end of the movie, and while most of the kills were off-screen or done quick-cut style so that you never actually see anything, the intensity and the imaginative ways people are offed actually get better as the movie goes on. The first handful of deaths were weak and boring, but the last few step up their game and were akin to the slasher flicks of the '80s. KILLER YACHT PARTY isn't an avenue for showcasing good special effects at all (the F/X are pretty bad, actually), but when the film really has nothing else to keep you entertained, it becomes the beacon of light in an otherwise drag of a movie.

Now onto the bad: everything else. The acting was on the verge of amateur hour (which it was), the video-tape quality made the whole thing feel like a student film, the characters were unlikeable (every single one of them), and maybe most of all, it was extremely boring. This is a perfect example of playing the waiting game. At only 85 minutes, it's a shame that the first boat kills don't happen until around the 40 minute mark, which means it takes half the movie to set up the boat scenario. 40 minutes??? So by the time the first kills happens, you've mostly lost interest, but as I said, then things pick up and the kills do get better... relatively, anyway.

Director Piotr Uzarowicz did show some talent here amidst all the garbage and I think with a bigger budget and a more talented cast, he could probably pull off quite an entertaining film. However, with little to work with, KILLER YACHT PARTY remains to be just a so-so horror flick with little-to-no redeeming value.

Video / Audio
Video: The video quality of the film is that akin to video tape (for the most part). Luckily it's rockin' a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio, so it at least has that going for it.

Audio: Nothing worse than a 2.0 Mono track--and that's exactly what's found here. Though while it's not ideal, it's not surprising that a film like this wouldn't be mixed in 5.1, but it's still a bummer of an experience.

The Extras
Commentary with writer Alex Silver and director Piotr Uzarowicz: To get more insight into the film itself (not that it's necessary), you can listen to these two discuss the film as it plays along. One thing's for sure, you'll likely respect the film a little more after hearing them talk about what an awesome flick it is and all the effort they put into making it.

The disc is rounded out with a trailer gallery and a still gallery.

Last Call
While obviously a super low-budget horror romp, the filmmakers didn't let its lack-of budget stand in its way of telling a story, even if it was a typical if-not mostly lame one. There was attempt at creating a mystery and plenty of effort in making this little film be all that it could be. However, it was still quite boring, the characters were unlikeable, the kills were nothing to hoot over (though they got better as the film progressed), and it wasn't as exploitative as the box would have you believe. KILLER YACHT PARTY is a typical Troma release for the new millennium.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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