Killer Party

Killer Party

Director: William Fruet

Cast: Martin Hewitt, Ralph Seymour, Elaine Wilkes

     
 

Once again, it's horror on a college campus. The difference between this and other entries in the slice-n-dice genre is that bloodflow is minimal and most of the horror occurs off-screen. That is not to say that there are no queasy acts of violence though. Set just before April Fools Day, the story centers on a trio of sorority pledges who attend a dance held at a… See more details below

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Once again, it's horror on a college campus. The difference between this and other entries in the slice-n-dice genre is that bloodflow is minimal and most of the horror occurs off-screen. That is not to say that there are no queasy acts of violence though. Set just before April Fools Day, the story centers on a trio of sorority pledges who attend a dance held at a haunted frat house where two decades before a pledge lost his head in a hazing gone awry. During the party, the dead frat boy rises up from his gravesite (located in the backyard), takes over the body of one of the girl pledges and embarks upon an evening of bloody, inventive revenge using a variety of tools that include but are not limited too garden utensils, electric wires and even a guillotine.

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This late straggler in the slasher-movie cycle of the early 1980's is a "neither fish nor fowl" exercise in frustration. This is a shame because Killer Party actually seems promising in its opening minutes: the film kicks off with a tricky opening sequence that fakes out the audience not once but twice. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from there. The actual story is a mix of slasher movie clichés and goofball antics from the sex-comedy playbook. Director William Fruet brings competent craftsmanship to the proceedings but neither he nor anyone else involved in the creative end of this enterprise figured out how to blend horror and humor in a balanced, effective style. As a result, the horror elements become too diluted to be effective and the humor overstays its welcome because it isn't amusing enough to stand on its own merits. The cast tries hard but their characterizations are too vague and stereotypical to breathe any life into the contrivances of the plot. The third act throws in a major plot twist to up the ante but it is too contrived -- and silly -- to really pack a punch. In short, Killer Party is best left to the 1980's horror completists. . . and even they are likely to find it too inconsistent to be satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
UPC:
0883316369364
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
8,802

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Hewitt Blake
Ralph Seymour Martin
Elaine Wilkes Phoebe
Paul Bartel Prof. Zito
Sherry Willis-Burch Vivia
Alicia Fleer Veronica
Woody Brown Harrison
Joanna Johnson Jennifer
Terri Hawkes Melanie
Eric Bradsma Dancer
Celine Crimmer Hot Tub Girl
Branko Racki Policeman
Ken Schnmidt Dancer
Derek Keurvost Clerk
Deborah Hancock Pam
Laura Sherman Sandy
Jeff Pustil Virgil
Pam Hyatt Mrs. Henshaw
Howard Busgang Bee Boy
Jason Warren Bee Boy
Majda Rogerson Mom
Cynthia Gillespie Diver
Elizabeth Hanna Stephanie
John Dee Mr. Kratz
Jack Duffy Security Guard
Don McManus Security Guard
Sherry Cook Hot Tub Girl
Bernadette Gale Dancer
Malcolm Gale Dancer
Candee Jennings Dancer
Damir Andre Daniel
Dora Dainton Kosima

Technical Credits
William Fruet Director
Eric Albertson Editor
John Beal Score Composer
Suzanne Benoit Makeup
Alan Brackett Songwriter
Carri Brandon Songwriter
Enrico Campana Set Decoration/Design
Deborah Carter Songwriter
Harry W. Casey Songwriter
Rick Chadock Songwriter
Dennis Churchill Songwriter
Barney Cohen Screenwriter
Reuben Freed Production Designer
Kenneth Kaufman Producer
Gina Kiellerman Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Lepiner Producer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Bruce Roberts Songwriter
Scott Shelly Songwriter
Gordon J. Smith Special Effects

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