Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
Itís Halloween and a hapless loser has nothing to do. By chance, he receives an invitation to a costume party, but itís not any party as he stumbles into being the potential victim for the sake of art.
Is it good movie?
Murder Party is a strangely fascinating, extremely odd film that found that perfect, mystical line between chaos, gore, comedy and cheese. So many movies attempt to balance the line between comedy and horror that most fail. Almost always, the comedy seems too often forced and it lingers too long on the violence. With Murder Party thereís a near perfect combination of stupidity and blood that keep viewers laughing and disgusted at the same time. The pacing moves quickly as a loser with nothing to do on Halloween quickly finds himself as a potential victim for a murder party. They need a victim so they can create art out of death in order to win grant funds from a mysterious art dealer. With a set-up like that and the fact that it takes little time to have the main character captured, the film captivates and never slows so the audience never has a chance to question what the hell is going on. The tight script by director Jeremy Saulnier gives plenty of memorable one-liners to warrant multiple viewings. In fact, Iíll take it a step beyond. Itís a great story that has enough twists and turns make this a true cult classic.
Combining elements from a variety of horror films that any knowledgeable film fan will recognize, Murder Party succeeds on a number of levels. First, the DVD claims itís Napoleon Dynamite meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And for once, a box doesnít lie. The claim for Dynamite worried me more than latter, because it was such a unique, odd little film that carbon copies are bound to appear. But here, somehow they found the right combo. The main character, Chris, seems such a dork and is so passive that when he wants to sit in his favorite chair and finds his cat in it, he asks it nicely to move. When it doesnít, he doesnít sit, and decides to leave instead, thus allowing a cat to rule. Pathetic. And for the costume party, the notion of making a cardboard knight seems so wonderfully idiotic that one canít not laugh as he rides the subway and fights for his life wearing the getup. What's more Dynamite than that?
I must also address the gore. While this clearly is low-bugdet, I found Murder Party effectively gory and horrific. Two scenes in particular stand out. One: a great burning sequence. Two: a great chainsaw sequence. Actually, Iíll leave those at that. See them for yourself. Disappointment, there will be none.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Audio Commentary: Director Sauliner and producer/actors Sharp and Blair provide a humorous, sometimes witty track that's worth a listen.
Extreme Truth: The Making of Murder Party: 30 minutes of great behind the scenes footage and interviews thatíll make anyone appreciate the movie all the more since these are all childhood friends.
Valediction in Black: A goofy, pseudo art film with hotdogs and ducks. Donít ask. Seriously.
Outtakes and Bloopers: Three minutes of people cracking up.
How to Make Your Own Brown Knight Costume: Itís as goofy as it sounds and purposely badly edited. And somehow, I expect some fans will construct this thing.
Pumpkin Bread Recipe: Exactly what it says.
For any fan of Evil Dead, Murder Party is a must see. It effectively combines horror and comedy and creates a unique, original movie that should fall into the elusive cult category.