I’ve decided to subject myself to 31 days of horror films for the month of October. It will be a mix of rewatching stuff I haven’t seen in a while and brand new things. Day 26:
MURDER PARTY (2007) – dir. Jeremy Saulnier
Jeremy Saulnier is a director whose last two movies BLUE RUIN (2013) and GREEN ROOM (2016) both blew me away. They are all tight character driven thrillers that are gut punches to your senses. His debut feature, MURDER PARTY is no different. It actually ranks among my favorite horror comedies of the 21st century.
The plot is simple, a lonely man named Christopher finds an invitation to something called a “Murder Party.” He decides to go but end up realizing it’s a trap and anyone who came would be murdered by a group of artist assholes trying to make some sort of Halloween New Media art masterpiece. Plans quickly fall apart and the film does an amazing job of showing exactly how insane artists can be.
The film is filled with genuine laughs and plenty of good bits of gore. After seeing the film for the first time last year, I’ve already seen it multiple times and every time the film still gets me. A very high recommendation from me.