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4.0 out of 5 stars KILLER PARTY (1986): Canadian sorority house shenanigans, 21 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Killer Party [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Three girls join a sorority house. Amidst the initiation ceremonies, hazings and the partying someone or something is killing the freshers.

Opening with two false starts and a pop video for White Sister's "you're no fool", Killer Party is an entertaining mix of campus shenanigans, sorority house slasher and supernatural possession , plus a big dollop of Scooby Doo. The practical jokes are way too elaborate for anyone to carry off in the real world and the killer can't be who it eventually turns out to be,but somehow it all makes sense.
Sherry Willis Birch, who's only other credit is Final Exam, makes for a quirky unexpected final girl and director, William "Funeral Home" Fruet packs his film with a lot of charm and some genuine style. The scenes with the killer, clad in an antique diving suite, are nicely handled and the possession scenes are also well done.There's sterling support from Paul Bartel, amongst others, and the theme tune "these are the days of our life" is again memorable

Killer Party was trimmed of gore when it was released in 1986 and the Warner Brothers Archive DVD is that version. The picture quality is really good . Sadly there are no extras, but it is region free.
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Initial post: 21 Dec 2012, 19:23:55 GMT
West25 says:
This is one of the few 80s films of it's type that I haven't seen yet, looks interesting. It's a shame the gore that was cut out wasn't put back in like My Bloody Valentine or Silent Night, Deadly Night, but it's nice to hear the picture quality is really good.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2012, 11:28:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jun 2016, 02:19:11 BST
Nelson Viper says:
hi West,
Yeah, the gore thing is a pity, but it's Warner's Archive and they're taken from the films as they were released at the time by Warner Bros. Hopefully someone will pick it up and reinstate the missing gore - if it still exists.

Posted on 22 Dec 2012, 16:20:18 GMT
Good review mate.
I've always liked this one and was pleased when Warners released it made on demand about a year back. The twist is certainly different and makes for a cool ending. Didn't know that most of the gore was cut out. I'd love for someone like Scream Factory to get hold of it and release it with the full gore.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2012, 16:41:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2012, 16:42:19 GMT
Nelson Viper says:
hi JM. I didn't know it was edit either I until found it mentioned on some horror site a while back.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013, 11:25:31 GMT
Puzzle box says:
Great review, I was about to review this one but I changed my mind. I think you brought up all the things that I was going to mention. Definitely a great and underrated horror film, although the cheesy MTV style music video at the beginning caught me off guard. Anyway, I had no idea it was a cut version. Do you know if they will release an uncut copy?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013, 16:34:17 GMT
Nelson Viper says:
I have no idea if the cut footage still exists. I think I read about it on a site called Retro Slashers, This happened a lot in the late 80s with US releases The Mutilator was heavily cut to secure an "R" as was The Intruder, ironically the latter was uncut for British release which means there were uncut prints, Sadly in a lot of cases the films were not valued enough at the time to preserve the original prints. I hope an uncut Killer Party exists, but info is scant.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013, 20:26:23 GMT
Puzzle box says:
Yes, I hope we do get to see an uncut Killer Party soon. By the way I have a copy of The Mutilator from Vipco which is OOP, the film itself isn't too bad but the transfer is terrible.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013, 21:23:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jan 2013, 21:24:11 GMT
Nelson Viper says:
I have the same version of the Mutilator. Apparently there is a proper remastered DVD and blu ray due this year with a commentary from Buddy Cooper. Not sure who is releasing it, but it definitely isn't Code Red who claimed the print was unusable. Hopefuly some one will pick Night Warning up as well.
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