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Three small-time thieves specializing in home burglary pose as caterers for a fancy dinner party at the Malibu mansion of the extravagantly wealthy Dawson family. But their plan for the perfect heist goes horribly wrong when they discover that the Dawsons and their guests are actually a support group of recovering serial killers. When one of the addicts can’t resist the urge to attack, this simple cash grab becomes an all-out battle for survival where no one is safe.
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Chris von Hoffmann
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 24 minutes
- Release date : December 18, 2018
- Actors : Julian McMahon, Robin Tunney, Bill Engvall, Sam Strike, Virginia Gardner
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Studio : Image Entertainment
- ASIN : B07HSKPJ1V
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #94,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Pretentious wank with, what I assume to be, extremely forced "sub-text" about the wealthy and affluent. Imagine if Get Out had been directed by a porno writer. I have a feeling this is the same crowd that liked The Dead Don't Die.
I like my horror flicks gory, and I have no problem with some surprise deaths, but when you do it for the sake of it, I find myself asking, why does the movie even have characters? Then I ask, why am I even watching this movie?
Still haven't answered that last one.
Bad: the twists and turns seem to have been constructed with the sole purpose of defying expectation-- which would be great if it made the story any better instead of spiraling into inanity. At the risk of spoiling, I will only say that there are a couple blatant cliches in this film that we should be way past at this point-- contemporary audiences are way too sophisticated to be hand-fed ignorant formulas from a bygone, lily white era. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the stylistic references tucked within an interesting allegorical concept-- what I didn't enjoy was the craptastic clusterfest of flailing performances that translated merely into an ill-conceived ripoff of the beloved cult gem "Don't Breathe". It's funny when a dumpster fire doesn't hold a candle.
Despite its exploitation/Grindhouse roots, the movie still tries to present itself as a serious piece of cinema to the viewers and so it missed plenty of great opportunities to satirize itself by instead trying to get you emotionally involved with characters (pregnancy/broken home/parental instability and it's effect on adolescent development, etc) whose only sole reason for being imagined in the first place was so that they could be killed in violent, primal fashion -- and that's an unfortunate mistake that many 'horror' films make that ultimately screws up their chance at becoming a genre mainstay or instant classic, cult or otherwise. I'm not saying horror shouldn't have more complex thematic underpinnings, because some of the genre's best films are intelligent and complex. But when you are making a movie about Serial Killers Anonymous holding an annual sobriety party in a Malibu mansion and one of the earlier scenes is a guy usijg a freshly severed hand to applaud the entrance of a special guest while they're walking down a corridor, I think the notion that we need to brace ourselves for some sort of intellectually rigorous character or philosophy study pretty much flies out the window.
Anyway, if you're looking for a good synth-heavy movie score, better-than-usual splatter effects, and a good sized bodycount all under a 90 minute running time than Monster Party should definitely be on your watch list. Lance Reddick as the Serial Killers Therapist trying to reform his fellow bloodletters is easily the star of the show, stealing essentially every.frame he is in (as Lance Reddick is won't to do in like every flick he's ever been a part of), with the actor playing Casper coming in a close second and the psychopathic son Elliot rounding it up in third place. Interestingly, the two most well known actors in here apart from Reddick (McMahon and Tunney) aren't all that memorable and arent much to write home about. It is definitely refreshing to see McMahon in some new material though -- the dude hasn't aged a day since playing Cole on Charmed and as the lead from FX's Nip/Tuck. I have a feeling he'll still look amazing even when he's a skeleton.
Ps.enjoy the funny Samurai in a Strip Club sequence 👍👹
The movie is actually well written. The start is a complete deception as it appears to be a heist movie and then changes to something different once the party gets started. As the madness begins the story also comes at the viewer in waves with one crazy thing a pause to catch your breath and then another. Monster Party turned out to be surprisingly good.
Lance Reddick as Milo had a short but memorable performance as well.
I'm all for suspension of disbelief, but this just pushed the envelope way too far. The whole concept was so ridiculous it was completely implausible. There was a bit of gore, but mostly as I recall there was a great deal of whimpering and heavy breathing.
I think the main antagonist is supposed to be this kid (20-something?) that they've tried to pattern a bit after Alex in "A Clockwork Orange" - and if it weren't for the fact that they assign him a couple of derpy droog wanna-bes, I'm not entirely sure I would have even made the connection.
It seemed interminably long, dragging on and on. Boring in the extreme. Even the occasional splatterfest couldn't save it. Entirely predictable - one of those that when it comes to an end, you curse our OCD for forcing you to finish it even though you know, in the immortal words of Addie from AHS "Murder House" "You're gonna regret it..."
You've been warned.
Cheers, be well and safe all!
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I have seen fairly dire reviews for this film but before watching it I thought the idea had some originality. And although there are some enormous plot holes, I found the film well paced and entertaining enough and it was worth the risk. What makes it all work is the cast which are generally terrific and play the whole thing completely straight - they could easily have made the film stupid had they not stuck to this choice. And there are so many faces that you will probably know even if you're not exactly sure who they all are.