As a little kid growing up during the slasher boom of the 80s, I was exposed to a lot of movies, even though I was not of age. Gotta love my dad for letting me see them! As an adult, I have wanted to track down the ones I remember and want to get, or those other films that just slipped by me back in the day. "Killer Party" was certainly one of the movies I remember seeing on Tv when I was little. Back in a time when something like this would be shown regularly on HBO or something like that. Sadly, the movie was rather obscure and didn't get a DVD release until recently. I had not seen this movie since the 80s. So, after all these years, has the movie held up to my expectations? First thing's first....
"Killer Party" opens like no other horror/slasher movie ever. It's a good 9 minutes before the actual movie begins. The opening 9 minutes pull the rug out from under the viewer not once, but twice! These two opening segments did a fun job of jumping on the cliches of the time. Gotcha scares, drive-ins, and hair rock music videos routinely seen on MTV. It is an absolute blast. The actual movie tells the tale of three young women pledging to a sorority on campus. They have to go through the usual pledge/hazing shenanigans. Unfortunately, a party is to be held in an abandoned frat house, where a pledge was accidentally killed years before. It appears this pledge does not rest in peace, and the partygoers are about to find out the hard way.
Not only is the beginning of the movie all over the place, so is the different tones the rest of the movie goes through. What seems like a standard, killer in mask slasher movie, then delves into becoming something along the supernatural genre. No bother. It's fun from the start. "Killer Party" is a horror movie with a sense of humor. Not only the humor that is in the movie in itself, but the fact that the film knows what kind of movie it is, and has fun with it. The movie just has a sense of fun all around it. Great locations, 80s notalgia in your face, and just enough eerie atmosphere here and there. It does slow down in some spots, but it isn't a concern. However, for a slasher/horror movie, the death scenes are relatively tame, and not all of them do we see for long or, in some cases, at all. No matter. The movie was written as a fun horror movie, and that's what we get. A horror movie with humor, standard slasher conventions, a taste of the supernatural, a dash of college hazing hi-jinks, and it's own music video! "Killer Party" really does seem to be the "Everything and the kitchen sink" horror movie.
I was thrilled that Warner Bros. decided to give this movie a release on DVD. I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. It may not be a classic to everyone, but it is a good time.