Murder Party (2007) has been on my to-watch list for far too long. The shameful part is I have owned it for what seems like forever but just haven’t gotten around to giving it the time it deserves. This is the directorial debut of Jeremy Saulnier. It is no secret that Saulnier is a favorite of mine which says a lot since he has such a small body of work. Three films to be exact. He has written and directed all of them. For this viewing I actually left my phone in another room so I would not be distracted and I am glad I did.
Murder Party deserves your attention
Saulnier was brought to my attention by a friend that suggested I watch Blue Ruin. I was hooked. I also fell in love with Macon Blair and I am really glad they are frequent collaborators. In fact, Blair has been in each of Saulnier’s films. His screen time varies with the movies but he always really makes his character. This movie was not exception. He plays Macon, an artist that is slightly obsessed with one of his friends.
Murder Party opens with our main character Chris renting some movies (okay, VHS tapes and the nostalgia hit me hard!) for a quiet, lonely evening in on Hallow’s Eve. By mere coincidence he comes across an anonymous invitation to a murder party. Unbeknownst to him, he is the intended victim. The party hosts are snobby, self-absorbed artists that are trying to murder whoever happens to show up for the sake of an art grant. The hilarity and horror that follow are great! There is absolute mayhem with an ax, plug-in electric chainsaw, and gun! The movie and storyline are a little off-the-wall but I liked it a lot!
One of my favorite things about Saulnier’s work is he is a master of building tension! Sometimes it keeps me on the edge of my seat, covering my mouth in horror, whispering expletives under my breath! I get so nervous and anxious watching his films but it can be so fun!
I think I paid a whopping $6 for this film on Amazon (hey! Buy it through Berk Reviews website so we get a kick back!) and I am so glad I added it to my collection. Without a doubt I give this film the rating of Must See Film. I can not wait to see more of Saulnier’s work. I am also going to suggest Macon Blair’s directorial debut I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. Berk and I did a Movie Club episode on it and Saulnier’s influence shines through.