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Murder Party follows a lonely, socially inept fool who attends a mysterious Halloween party, only to discover that a group of hipsters have planned a "murder party", in which he will be the victim. After failed attempts and delays due to artistic differences, our victim is forced to endure the worst torture of all...hipster self-absorption.

Murder Party Review

Jeremy Saulnier is quickly becoming one of my favorite modern-day directors. Blue Ruin is easily one of my favorite indie films of all time. Green Room affected me in a way that most horror films can't boast. And now I was able to watch Saulnier's first forte in feature-length cinema, Murder Party. While every single one of these films has Saulnier's distinct and engaging feel to it, each one has a completely different tone and method of storytelling. If Blue Ruin and Green Room are the meat of an eulogy, Murder Party is the joke that lightens the mood.

Murder Party is a dry mockery of millennials, and in particular, their hipster sub-division. In this case, Saulnier uses the horror comedy vehicle to poke fun at every pet peeve we have towards the hipster crowd. His sarcastic critique of hipster artistic ideals is hilariously represented with awkward deliveries, fluid cinematography and the driest of black comedy.

The cast is perfect, delivering the script on the right notes with regularity that makes the few lackluster moments virtually inconsequential. It looks like everyone is engaged and having fun in their respective roles. It's like a talented film crew and a bunch of skilled aspiring actors got together in an abandoned warehouse and filmed something spectacular they had no intention on releasing. It feels that way, but it doesn't view that way.

I'm not sure I ever stopped smiling once our protagonist entered the murder party and began his horrific and hilarious journey with a group of dimwitted, emotionally disjointed, conceited bohemians. The first person I recognized was Macon Blair, who was the lead role in Blue Ruin and one of the supporting characters in Green Room. In this film, he shares the screen fairly equally with the rest of the cast, as the sardonic wit is spewed forth in a chaotic display of clever stupidity. It's practically making fun of itself on top of making fun of making fun of itself making fun of hipsters. Insult-ception. And it's brilliant.

Murder Party isn't perfect. I appreciate Blue Ruin, for example, on another level. But Murder Party is perfect in its own unique way. It is exactly what it's supposed to be. But the difference between it and other films like it, is that it isn't like any other films at all. Murder Party is its own gem of independent films that does something different and out of the ordinary and it works from beginning to end. I loved it.

Horror Qualifier: 7/10

Horror Quality: 5/10

Film Quality: 7/10

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