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Murder Party (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | January 2007 (USA)
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.

Director:

Jeremy Saulnier

Writer:

Jeremy Saulnier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Sharp ... Christopher S. Hawley
Kate Porterfield Kate Porterfield ... Ticketed Lady
Tess Porterfield Lovell Tess Porterfield Lovell ... Ticketed Little Lady
Puff Snooty Puff Snooty ... Sir Lancelot
Damon Lindsay Damon Lindsay ... Subway Rapper
Macon Blair ... Macon
Stacy Rock ... Lexi
Skei Saulnier Skei Saulnier ... Sky
Paul Goldblatt Paul Goldblatt ... Paul
William Lacey William Lacey ... Bill
Sandy Barnett Sandy Barnett ... Alexander
Bill Tangradi ... Zycho
Sampson Saulnier Sampson Saulnier ... Hellhammer
Beryl Guceri Beryl Guceri ... Photo Assistant
Michael Clomegah Michael Clomegah ... Party Doorman
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Storyline

On Halloween Eve in Brooklyn, an average Joe loser named Chris finds an invitation to a costume party. Arriving at the "party", Chris discovers he's fallen prey to the lethal trap set by deranged artists. As the night wears on, rivalries within the group flare up. A body count accrues, and Chris must take advantage of the ensuing chaos if he's to survive the night. Written by Magnolia Home Ent

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Taglines:

"Everybody Dies!"


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Festa Assassina See more »

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Production Co:

The Lab of Madness See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Will's costume is Baseball Fury from The Warriors (1979), and Lexi's costume is Pris from Blade Runner (1982). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 5 mins), the boom mic is reflected in the window during the art gallery sequence. See more »

Quotes

Bill: Fuck this whole scene... Everybody dies!
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Crazy Credits

Instead of "The End," the final listing in the credits is "Party's Over." See more »

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References The Warriors (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Full Moon
Performed by 2 Tite
Written by Soft G, Chester Holiday, Mutulu Dekembe
Mixed by Devin Greenwood
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Before 'Blue Ruin' & 'Green Room', There Was 'Murder Party'
11 September 2017 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Jeremy Saulnier's feature film debut may not be as refined or focused as his breakthrough effort but it does succeed as a wicked horror comedy that's definitely crazy, twisted & ludicrous and in spite of its crude look & amateurish feel, manages to provide many good surprises along the way.

The story follows a lonely guy who stumbles across an invitation to a Halloween costume party and, having nothing to do, decides to attend it, but soon discovers it to be a trap set by a group of deranged art students who intend to kill him as part of their art project to impress their patron.

Written & directed by Jeremy Saulnier (best known for Blue Ruin & Green Room), Murder Party is shot with almost no money yet what it puts on the screen not only makes it a refreshing delight but also showcases the director's knowledge of the genre(s) & his eye for carving moments that are tense & engaging.

Complemented by a thrilling score, aptly utilizing its camera to intensify the atmosphere, brilliantly balancing the elements of its genre(s), and certainly not holding back on violence or gore, the plot gets more n more demented as it progresses and completely snaps in the final act, killing anything & everything in its path.

The characters inhabiting the story are nothing more than a bunch of losers, unworthy of any emotional attachment but it's the little details about them & their actions that provides majority of laughs. Performance isn't the film's strongest suit but Macon Blair & Chris Sharp are still hilarious in their roles.

On an overall scale, Murder Party does manage to live up to its name and is an amusing, ridiculous & farcical indie that's as absurd as it is entertaining. Splashing the walls with blood & guts when the occasion calls for it yet never losing its humour in the process, Murder Party is a riotous ride that isn't memorable but it's surely fun, and can definitely use a broader audience.


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