I Wrote my First Movie Review While Giving Birth to a Camera. It has followed me ever since. Please don't mind the Mess.
Chris von Hoffmann
Chris von Hoffmann
If you like your movies short and your characters mindless, then Monster Party may be the get-together you’re looking for. But if you like your plots coherent, your characters fleshed-out and some degree of suspense with your thrills, then you’d be better off skipping this party.
Casper (Sam Strike), Iris (Virginia Gardner) and Dodge (Brandon Michael Hall) are 20-something crooks doing low-level robberies in relatively affluent neighborhoods. Iris is 2 months pregnant with Dodge’s baby and Casper’s dad has a gambling addiction and owes $10,000 to someone you don’t want to owe $10,000 to.
The trio seem pretty barely adequate as thieves , but we’re rooting for them anyway. Iris is a server for private parties and her next gig is in a pretty swanky mansion. Casper suggests they rob the place as One Last Job. Iris is reluctant and rightly so. Dodge votes to rob the place. What could possibly go wrong?
They arrive at the mansion in Malibu and are greeted by the lady of the house. Her name is Roxanne (Robin Tunney) Dawson and she stresses that tonight is very important and everything must go off without a hitch. Iris and the gang meet Roxanne’s husband Patrick (Julian McMahon), daughter Alexis (Erin Moriarty), and creepy son Elliot (Kian Lawley). She also demands their phones so as not to be distracted while on the job.
The partygoers soon arrive. Casper tries to find a safe as well as other things to rob. Dodge and Iris attend to the guests.
Toasts are toasted, speeches are given. But in one shocking act of violence, a potential robbery turns into a fight for survival as Iris, Casper and a very asthmatic Dodge learn that the Dawsons and their guests are all recovering murderers celebrating another year of being “clean”.
What Works With Monster Party
- In movie filled with unlikeable characters, only Erin Moriarty as the Dawson’s least murderous daughter provides the closest thing for the audience to root for. Alexis is the only character writer/director Chris von Hoffman gives more than one note to play.
- It only has an 89-minute running time. Though like any dull party, it feels so much longer than that.
What Doesn't Work With Monster Party
- Gore hounds might dig the graphic violence, but sooner than later it gets boring since there’s no real context as to what’s happening onscreen. I’m not against violence onscreen by any means, but there has to be some semblance of a story behind it.
- You wish von Hoffman’s creativity with the onscreen violence would have been diverted to create a character or characters the audience could identify with, even if they don’t necessarily like them. Since you don’t care about any of the characters, you don’t care whether they live or die.
Life is to short to spend it at a bad party.
Buy Monster Party Here If You Want To See A Bad Movie!
Noel Penaflor (author) from California on July 17, 2019:
You're welcome. I wasn't expecting much, and I got a lot less.
Jennifer Jorgenson on May 04, 2019:
It's a creative concrpt for ahorrormovie, too bad they didnt do more with it. Great review, thanks for sharing!