In Case You Missed… Murder Party

murder_party_poster_smallThis is another post I wanted up before Halloween, as it’s a great post trick ‘r treating watch. MURDER PARTY is the story of an average Joe traffic warden named Chris who happens upon an invitation to a party while walking home from work on Halloween. The invitation reads “murder party, tonight” along with an address and “come alone.”  Deciding not to spend Halloween eating candy corn and watching schlock horror videos with his cat, Chris quickly whips up a loaf of pumpkin bread and a cardboard knight costume and heads off to find the party. Unfortunately for him what he finds is a costumed group of hipster artists who plan to murder whoever was unfortunate enough to find the invite and actually show up. As one character says “the invitation said murder party, if you’re stupid enough to show up you deserve to die.” The group plans on recording the murder and using it as part of a multi-media art piece to earn a grant from their mentor, Alexander. Upon Chris’ realization that there is, in fact, no party, hilarity and hysteria ensue. The film is almost set up in three acts. The middle act consists of Chris mostly being bound to a chair and having to endure not only the groups abuse, but their inane hipster conversations centering around a supposed art grant that Alexander has set up for one of them. A truth serum induced game of truth or dare exposes each of their insecurities and back stabbing tendencies. The middle is the section that will turn horror purists off. Nothing horrific happens, unless of course you count the group’s shit talking behind each other’s backs. It is also the middle that makes MURDER PARTY a step ahead of many gorefest horror films, in that it’s written really well. The interaction between characters, especially during the extreme truth or dare, really build the film up, and if you can be patient, the blood definitely comes in abundance. After the truth about Alexander comes out, all hell breaks loose. a bloodbath ensues as the group turns against each other in the most violent ways. Chris escapes from his confined chair only to be hunted down by Bill, the quiet one of the group, in a sometimes hilarious, completely blood soaked finale. When Chris goes running through a neighboring party with Bill, axe in hand, right behind him it really shows the talent in the film’s crew as a whole. The entire ending sequence is outstanding. MURDER PARTY has everything you could want from a fun time horror film. It’s funny in parts, but not a comedy. It’s well written and conversation based in parts, but not boring. And it’s certainly delivers on the blood and bodies in the end.

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