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Murder Party (2007)

Chris Sharp , Jeremy Saulnier  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Sharp
  • Directors: Jeremy Saulnier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U6YJME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,503 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murder Party" on IMDb

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A random invitation to a Halloween party leads a man into the hands of a gang of deranged artists intent on murdering him for the sake of their art, sparking a bloodbath of mishap, mayhem and hilarity.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!!! October 20, 2007
Format:DVD
This is probably the funniest "horror" movie I've ever seen -- and it is THE perfect flick for your upcoming Halloween party (provided your friends are intelligent enough to appreciate the humor).

Without giving away too much of the plot, I'll try to tell you what I can about this monumental cinematic achievement. The box describes Murder Party as "Napoleon Dynamite meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre", which is somewhat accurate -- but I was expecting something much different (gratutious & meaningless violence), and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the writing, directing, acting, photography, special makeup FX, and limited use of digital effects were all top notch. Not bad for an indy film with minimal budget. It was very obvious that these good folks enjoyed working on this project very much -- unlike the joyless and soulless dreck being churned out by major studios nowadays.

In short, doofus loner is walking home from work to spend Halloween night alone in his apartment watching videos. The wind blows something along the sidewalk which he picks up: lo and behold, a hand engraved invite to a Murder Party -- with the ominous direction, "come alone." Doofus decides to make a "knight in armor" costume out of cardboard boxes and duct tape before proceeding to his rendezvous with destiny -- in the spookidy abandoned warehouse district.

Upon his arrival, he finds a demented cell group of drug abusing art school dropouts who thought it'd be funny to joke about killing someone in the name of Art. "We didn't think anyone would be stupid enough to actually show up!" Darwin's Law of Natural Selection in action.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
There is an offbeat vibe to "Murder Party" and I had the sense that I was not quite in on the joke while watching this 2007 horror comedy. Then I checked out the special features afterwards and watched "Extreme Truth: The Making of 'Murder Party,'" and discovered that most of the principle characters in this movie have known each other when they were kids, when they spent their free time making movies with a VHS camera. You know how M. Night Shyamalan usually throws one of the films he made as a kid on his DVDs? Well, all we get here are clips of their adolescent attempts at blood and gore recorded for posterity on videotape, you do get a real sense of the fun they had killing each other and employing rudimentary special effects. Many years later, after having gone their separate ways to various film schools, they have reunited as The Lab of Madness and produced "Murder Party." So if the people you see on screen seem less like professional actors and more like kids running amuck in a candy store, there is a reason you are picking up on that vibe.

The film takes place on Halloween night in Brooklyn, where a windswept invitation to a party ends up in the hands of hapless Christopher S. Hawley (Chris Sharp). Creating a carboard costume as "The Brown Night," Chris leaves his cat Sir Lancelot and a bowl of candy corn behind and goes off to the party alone, as instructed. Once he arrives at the Murder Party he discovers it is called that because the group of misfit waiting for him intend to kill him in the name of their art. Well, actually their goal is to get money from their rich patron, who they think will be impressed by a ritualistic killing as an example of cutting-edge performance art. Suffice it to say that things do not go as planned.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See Comedy/Horror Hybrid!!! September 4, 2007
By JBizzle
Format:DVD
Magnolia Films is definately one to watch for great horror films. 1st "Severance" (check out that film too if you haven't already) & now this, they're on a winning streak for great horror. "Murder Party" is really more of a comedy than anything, but definately has it's fare share of grizzly blood & gore for even the most hardened of gore hounds. Murder Party is about a lonely nerd type who happens upon an invitation around Halloween. He gets all dressed up in a ridiculous cardboard costume & is off for the "Murder Party" with Pumpkin Raisen bread in tow. It turns out some weirdo artsy fartsy types have set up to murder whoever arrives with this invite. That's all you really need to know as not to spoil anything. It kinda reminded me of "Bottle Rocket" (another movie you should check out if you haven't already seen it) only with murder & more blood & guts. The acting, directing & make-up/special effects are all spot on. You'll love every minute of this film!!! Do Not Miss This Movie, it's destined to be a cult classic!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its become a halloween tradtion December 6, 2009
Format:DVD
"oh, i didn't like this movie because i have no imagination and am incapable of enjoying good dialogue and atmosphere...i just want to look at blood and stuff! and seriously, no vampires in leather trench coats anywhere? WTF?!" - jackass reviewers
holy crap i love the internet for its ability to let morons expose themselves.

watch this movie. done on a small budget by a group of guys who have making movies together since there were children. the acting, directing, writing...everything about this movie was so well done that huge budget hollywood directors should be watching this and taking notes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, little-known movie!
Murder Party was an excellent horror/comedy movie. It had all the elements that make up such a genre. It was funny, disturbing, full of gore, and was vastly entertaining. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T.S. Charles (author)
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Movie
I read on some horror movie website that this is one of the best movies ever made from this genre. I couldn't even make it through half the movie it was so bad. Terrible acting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and real.
Basically this film portrays people who believe they're intelligent and devise a great unheard of plan... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Yancey
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie!
If you like tucker and dale vs evil you will love murder party.

"I didn't sign up for a second degree assault party"
Published 9 months ago by Move nerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This movie is widely unknown, but shouldn't be. Buy it, you won't regret it, also share it with your friends. Clever, independent and well done.
Published 17 months ago by Megan M. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Gory Gory Fun
This is a fantastically entertaining little indie flick. It is a staple for my Halloween festivities each year. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sarah Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious title, deserving of more attention
I discovered Murder Party on Netflix, and it's one of the chosen few that I've had to buy. A lonely schlub attends a Halloween party, unaware that he is to be murdered in the name... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Linspyder
1.0 out of 5 stars Just another review...
Dull, boring, monotonous, slow and in general lacking any excitement. It left me feeling like I
LOST an hour and half of my life. A total waste of time. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Zombie Enthusiast 1976
1.0 out of 5 stars I am going to be Civil and Respectful
I honestly did not like this movie, like at all. And if you could look at my previous purchases I can tell you that I am a huge movie addict and am not a critique, those on this... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Budget + Amazing Talent = AWESOME Horror Comedy!
I had passed up this DVD a couple of times at Blockbuster but every time I went in to rent something, I had to pick it up and look at the preposterously costumed character on the... Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Overdog
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