Murder Party [2007] Review: Mishap. Mayhem. Hilarity.

Murder Party

Jeremy Saulnier’s feature film debut may not be as refined or focused as his breakthrough effort but Murder Party still succeeds as a wicked horror-comedy that’s downright crazy, twisted & ludicrous, and in spite of its crude look & amateurish feel, the film 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 he 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 in order to impress their patron.

Written, directed & photographed by Jeremy Saulnier (best known for Blue Ruin & Green Room), Murder Party is shot on a shoestring budget yet what it puts on screen not only makes for a refreshing delight but also showcases the director’s knowledge of the genre(s) and his cinematic eye for carving moments that are tense & engaging.

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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, massacring anything & everything in its path.

The characters inhabiting the film 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 the majority of laughs. Performance isn’t the film’s strongest suit but Macon Blair & Chris Sharp are still hilarious in their respective 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 humor in the process, Jeremy Saulnier’s debut feature is a riotous ride that isn’t memorable by any means but it’s definitely fun, and can certainly benefit from a broader viewership.


Murder Party Trailer

Links: IMDb

Singh Sumit

Cinema is my life capsule. Horror is my refuge. Jurassic Park is first love. Lord of the Rings is perfection. Spielberg is GOAT. Cameron is King. In Nolan I trust. Pixar makes my heart sing. Reviewing films is a force of habit. Letterboxd is home. Blog is where I'm currently inactive. HoF just happened to came along.