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Murder Party (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | 21 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"Everybody Dies!"


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site | Tubi

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder Party See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Lab of Madness See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in February 2006 with no money. The makers, an amateur filmmaker collective known as the Lab of Madness, couldn't find investors, so they had to perform multiple roles as both cast and crew, and pay for everything themselves. 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 A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Dirty Tattered House Shoes
Performed by The Texas Sapphires
Written by Brent Malkus
Stag Records
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A pretty fun horror comedy
14 September 2018 | by michaelbastian-55098See all my reviews

I went into this movie knowing pretty much nothing about it, and ended up having a pretty good time with it. The premise is that a mild-mannered loser stumbles upon an invitation to a "murder party" and, even though he knows nothing about this party, he decides to attend. He soon finds himself held hostage by a group of struggling artists, who each want to use his murder as the subject of their next work, confident that it will finally propel them to recognition in the scene. It's maybe not the most original premise for a horror movie, but that premise is more or less abandoned as more people show up to the murder party, old rivalries start to flare up, and mayhem and bloodshed start to ensue.

This movie has most of the elements that you'd want from a good horror-comedy; it's got a good amount of gore and a good amount of humor. I found myself laughing a lot at this movie. Not all of the jokes quite worked for me, but those that did were really, really funny. Much of the humor of this movie comes from poking fun at the whole "starving underground Brooklyn hipster vegan artist" scene, so if you don't find that sort of thing funny, many of the jokes in this film won't really do it for you.

My biggest problem with this movie is it's pacing, specifically that it really drags in the middle. There's a long stretch between our protagonist arriving at the party and when the mayhem really kicks off where nothing much happens and all of the murderers sort of just sit around doing drugs and rambling incoherently. I think these scenes were intended to be funny, but none of the humor really worked for me and it just felt like the movie was killing time. I nearly turned the movie off, but I'm glad I stuck with it because it things do get good again in the third act.

There's also the problem that the protagonist spends the majority of the movie strapped to a chair with a gag in his mouth, so you don't really get a chance to really connect to him or start to like him as a character. It would have been nice if the middle part of the movie had focused more on him rather than the other characters, who are basically just caricatures.

And this movie suffers from the problem that a lot of horror-comedies have, which is that the killer/killers stop being threatening or scary by the end of the movie and are more of just an inconvenience. You do get some good laughs in the third act from the murderers, but they don't really feel scary anymore since we've just spent the last hour of the movie poking fun at them.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie. It's not all that scary, but it is fairly gory and it has enough laugh-out-loud moments for me to recommend it.


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