During the best moments of "Murder Party," it's easy to observe the beginnings of what would become Jeremy Saulnier's signature style - the dizzying Steadicam movements and unhinged violence impress on a microbudget, and point the way towards "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room." But too often this movie feels like being trapped in a room with some of the most unlikable people you've ever met. Maybe it's a Brooklyn thing.
Saulnier's debut film only hints at what would come next (the over-rated 'Blue Ruin' and the under-rated 'Green Room'). The film seems to run out of steam early but does get its mojo back towards the end with its 'is it art' reveal. Worth a look for a chuckle or two.
A lot of the characters aren't very well developed (especially the main character, I kinda kept forgetting about him), but it's a lot of fun, and you can tell everyone involved is just loving making this.
In a genre overrun by movies trying too hard to be "so bad they're good", emulating films of the past that were genuinely good because of how bad they were, it's hard to find horror that successfully blends itself with comedy. In this, a group of NYC hipsters trying to conceptualize a murder on Halloween, and it manages to be absolutely hilarious and fun. Great gore, too.
Equal parts genius and totally stupid. I've been watching Saulnier's films and sincerely expected way more of his debut. He does a pretty good job directing a no budget horror-comedy, but the script is not half as funny as it thinks it is and the whole art world critique as is so goddamn boring.
Kind of funny horror movie about a guy who trips upon a mysterious Halloween party invitation, goes to the party, and ends up a hostage of murder-crazed artists. Definitely not a good horror film by any means, but has a lot of comedic points. Not one of Magnet's best, though.