Murder Party Review
Written by: ejaculine
This is a horror-comedy written and produced by Jeremy Saulnier. It stars Sandy Barnett as Alexander (The Mastermind), Macon Blair as Macon (The Wolfmelt), Paul Goldblatt as Paul (The Vampire), William Lacey as Bill (the Ghoulyville Slugger), Stacy Rock as Lexi (Future Bitch), Skei Saulnier as Sky (The Jeerleader), Chris Sharp as Chris S. Hawley (The Brown Knight) and Bill Tangradi as Zycho (The Drug Dealer).
The story starts off on Halloween night in Brooklyn. Chris is walking home from the video store when he finds a party invitation on the street. He gets home to find his pumpkin has been smashed. Chris tries to watch a horror movie he has just rented for the evening, but his cat won't budge from the couch, so he decides to take the invitation and go to the party. He quickly makes himself a costume for this “costume party” themed Murder Party. Please note that he made his knight costume out of cardboard boxes and masking tape, he also baked a pumpkin bread out of the smashed jack-o-lantern on his front door. Has he says goodbye to his cat, Sir Lancelot, he grabs his bread and leaves for his party. When he finally gets there, the building seems empty. He tries knocking on the door but nobody answers. Finally he just opens it up to look inside. To his surprise, the title of the party is actually literal. A group of artists set up a party and wait for somebody to pick up an invitation and come by in order to kill them. The murder would be in the name of art. So they tie him up and wait for their leader, Alexander. While waiting for Alexander, they start to drink and do drugs and argue about how to kill him. When Alexander arrives with his right-hand man called Zycho, things take a turn for the worst and hilarity ensues. As Chris finally gets away, all hell breaks loose.
And let me tell you, you're in for a treat. This movie is hilarious and gory. One of the best I've seen since Evil Dead. The actors did a great job, and you could tell that they had a lot of fun doing this movie. Every character has major problems and you pretty much find out what all of them are when they engage in a game of truth by way of a truth serum from Belarus. The actors had a nice chemistry and were really funny. Alexander played the leader and you could really see his cockiness. Lexi, the space looking girl was jealous of everybody who had actual talent as an artist and tried her best to get the attention of Alexander. Bill, who was dressed like one of the characters in The Warriors, was the only one that was actually very talented; he was very quiet and distant until he snapped. Chris, who had been tied up in a chair seemed perfect for his role as a geeky and awkward kinda guy that finally has to stand up and take care of business. There is some very good gore in this movie. I won't give out too much info because it's worth being surprised by but one of them involves a guy in a wolf mask that catch fire, and the mask melts on his face. As I checked the extras on the DVD, I found that a lot of the actors were actually doing make up and special effects too. Most of them grew up together and made a bunch of small movies for about 20 years. There's also a really nice momentum that builds up through the movie that leads to a crazy ending that you do not want to miss. All in all, this is a really good horror comedy that works on many levels. There's even one part that made me laugh so much I almost cried. So I highly recommend you go out and buy this movie. Also keep an eye out for these guys.