Murder Party (2007)

Jeremy Saulnier directs Chris Sharp, Macon Blair and Stacy Rock in this black comedy where a dope goes to a murder party for Halloween only to find he is the intended victim.

Cheaply made with the occasional visual flourish that betrays the greater things to come from Saulnier and Blair (Blue Ruin, Green Room, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore). To be honest this owes a lot to Edgar Wright, it is all cartoonish framing, crash cuts and brash characters. The heart of their influence isn’t here though, neither is the compelling gritty grip they developed into their later, far superior works. Essentially a spoof of the conceptual art world with some low budget set pieces thrown in. The people being satirised don’t generate much attraction, the thrills are adequate if sparse. Not essential viewing.


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