Killer Party Movie Review

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by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"

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Writer/Director: Alex Drummond

Starring: Drew Benda, Stephanie Beran, John Brody, Rachael Drummond, Kurt Ela, Alexandra Fatovich, Evan Gamble, Andy Hoff, Adam Karell, Katerina Kopel, Michael T. Kuciak, Liz Loza, and Audrey McKenna

Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Genre: Horror/Comedy

Country/Language: USA/English

Year: 2014

How It Can Be Seen: Amazon

 

 

Fairly newcomer Writer/Director, Alex Drummond throws us quite an intense party! I will start right from jump street and say that the overall plot is not entirely new. HOWEVER! I feel Alex's approach to this particular story just wins on multiple levels! The Horror is clicking. The Comedy is clicking. The Drama is definitely clicking. All being lead by a cast of strong, well rounded out characters. And what's more is just how splendidly it all finds its balance immediately from the first scene, until its last. This being Alex's first directed film, he wasted nothing in making sure we care about all of the characters, because when the shit hits the fan, you have to spend the following hour with those people, cooped up with them in one house. A lot of the credit also goes to those performers who shine in successfully breathing life into those characters, making them come alive and making you care! Here, allow me to quickly break down the plot --

 

Nick, a screenwriter in a slump, and his wife, Mary, are expecting their 2nd child soon. So Mary's friend has decided to throw them a baby shower. Complete with a low rent clown entertainer who can't juggle or play guitar to save his life..Literally! Sometime into the baby shower, strange things begin to happen and the city has come to a halt as it is becoming apparent something in the air is turning everyone outside into raging psychopathic murders. No, not zombies if that's what you're thinking. That is where Alex's refreshing take comes into play! As the remaining members of the baby shower party huddle inside Mary's friend's home, that is when the real horror begins. Some really awkward dark comedy is peppered through out to make sure you have moments where you question whether or not you should be even laughing. As well as some truly genuine dramatic moments make their way in to the movie to remind you of the seriousness of the situation these characters are in. I mean it really honestly felt much like Night of The Living Dead meets 28 Days Later, but with a fantastic Alex Drummond comedic twist! If someone had told me that this was Alex's first film, I would've yelled "Poppycock!". The quality of the film makes you forget about any semantics and allows you to focus on what's important - You are watching a well crafted horror comedy with some heart!

 

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