In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico's frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother's murder at the hands of the serial killer known as "Motherface."
DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III follows BRENT CHIRINO as he enters the oil-misted halls of the DELTA BI THETA fraternity. Brent isn't just any pledge... he's a legacy. And it's a legacy of death. See, Brent is here to solve the mystery of his identical twin brother BROCK's murder, and he'll do anything to crack the case... even attempt the frat's most daring prank of all time. After the Deltas' senior prank causes two commercial jets to collide over an orphanage, they're punished to a weekend at The Old Sorority House by the Lake. But they're not the only ones there... a mysterious killer named MOTHERFACE lurks nearby. She knows the bros' deepest fears... and she's taking advantage of those fears to pick them off, one by shirtless one, in increasingly gory ways. It's a race against time for Brent to discover the mysteries of his brother's death before Motherface butchers them all!Written by
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In the credits, "Subtitles" are credited to "HELP THIS IS NOT A JOKE!". During the movie, there are a couple times where an actor is speaking in a foreign-sounding language (fake French), and the subtitles read "Help! I'm trapped in a basement and forced to write subtitles!", and later, "If you're reading these subtitles, tell my wife I love her, and I'm sorry". See more »
How to make a faithful third film in a trilogy with no predecessors: Add 1 part homage and 2 parts parody to every 5 parts absurdity. Add knives to taste. Shake well, pour over freshly cut oranges, and serve with incomparable enthusiasm.
Over several years of producing content almost daily, 5secondfilms fed us comedy that was alternately screwball, offbeat, dark, uncomfortably dry, cerebral, referential, and or often just outright absurd. We were also given content that explored horror, or more serious topics. All the while, they dedicated themselves first and foremost to the challenge of telling complete stories in videos that were only 5 seconds long.
Following on the occasional foray into more long-form shorts of a colossal 5 minutes (or more!), 'Dude bro party massacre III' leaps to the only logical conclusion of producing a full-length feature film. Based on a previous 5-second video of long before, it maintains the "anything goes" spirit of that extra-short short, and of 5secondfilms' many others.
DBPM3 is as much an homage to campy slashers of yore as it is a parody, taking aim in particular at dubious titles like 'Slumber party massacre' or 'Sleepaway camp.' The cast of 5sf, with their hands in all aspects of the film behind and in front of the camera, know very well what worked about slasher horror films from the '80s, and what didn't, and treat those aspects appropriately. At the same time, an abundance of their characteristically surreal humor is thrown in - perhaps so much so that a viewer otherwise unfamiliar with the troupe may find themselves just scratching their head.
If anything - trying to step back from a perspective of a 5sf fan, and to view this picture more generally - that is maybe the most notable flaw of the movie. Anyone CAN enjoy 'Dude bro party massacre III,' and it's designed that way. But not everyone WILL enjoy it, because it also is first and foremost a love letter to 5secondfilms' many fans. The absurdist humor can be difficult to parse. Like a lot of comedy, and it seems Internet sketch comedy especially: for all their collective genius, there are some shorts in 5sf's vast filmography that maybe haven't aged well due to the topics they broached, or that in the first place were so wrapped up in their own premise, their own absurdity, that they forgot to be funny. Though not so much as to totally hinder the production, these faults are echoed here as well. None of which is to say that DBPM3 is bad, because it's definitely not - but it's more complicated than a simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
5sf's shorts at times included a number of surprising guest stars, and their feature film is no exception as Patton Oswalt, Larry King, and Andrew W.K. make appearances, among others. The real stars, though, are of course the cast of 5secondfilms, and they bring as much talent and flippancy to their roles here as in any of their shorts. One can only hope that the future has big things in store for them all, because if one thing has proven true throughout all of 5sf's content, it's that these folks work very hard, are very funny, and have the skills to pull off just about anything.
'Dude bro party massacre III' is essential viewing for fans of 5secondfilms, or for anyone who appreciates Internet sketch comedy generally. For a more general audience it may be a lot to take in, but not impossibly so: approach with an open mind, relax your body and your preconceptions, and soak in the very unserious fun.
While more complicated than a simple good-bad dichotomy, the heart and energy that is poured into this movie make it very clear that this is the same 5secondfilms - just in a much longer format. Whether it's entirely up your alley or not, DBPM3 is a an appropriate, well-deserved capstone to years of entertaining content.
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