the zombie apocalypse comes, it will be important to have good representation.
Fresh water and non-perishable food will also be helpful in the short run, but
if you survive, you will want someone who can negotiate a good back-end deal.
Fortunately, an aspiring screenwriter and his mega-pregnant actress wife just
happen to be at their agent’s house for a baby shower when the weird homicidal pathogen
rears its ugly viral head. LA will get even more nuts in Alex Drummond’s Killer Party (a.k.a. The Shower, trailer here), which releases
today on VOD.
most of Joanne’s clients who haven’t already given up, Nick and Mary live
hand-to-mouth waiting tables. To make the get-together even more uncomfortable,
Joanne’s one famous meal ticket star has rather awkwardly taken up with the
profoundly discouraged nice-guy Tommy’s ex, KIm. However, all bets are off when
the zombie uprising dawns. Frankly, everyone is caught rather flat-footed,
except Joanne’s long-suffering assistant Beth, who almost welcomes the
opportunity to vent her frustrations.
a zombie outbreak comedy, Killer Party is
decidedly hit-or-miss, but it deserves credit for putting its own unique spin
on the sub-genre. Instead of brain dead shuffling hordes, Drummond’s infected
become ravingly homicidal loud-mouth jackasses, which is definitely different.
Logically enough, none of the zombies (or whatever) or more obnoxious than the
bargain basement clown Joanne hired to entertain the kids. He is one abrasive
the overstuffed cast of characters is often stuck on the sidelines looking
stupid while the clown talks smack and Beth takes the fight to any zombie
within a golf club’s reach of her. There are just too many bystanders and not enough
trash-talkers. Do we care whether Tommy and Kim get back together? Nope, sorry.
On the other hand, watching Beth club a feral child zombie to death—now that’s
entertainment. Yes, Stephanie Tobey is awesome as the freshly liberated
assistant—so much so, we can hardly remember anyone else.
Party is amusing, but it feels
like it could have been hilarious if Drummond had gone through five or ten more
drafts. Still, watching it seems like a pretty fitting way to observe National
Clown Week (technically just passed, but whatev), unless you were planning on
re-reading Art of the Deal or It Takes a Village. Recommended as a
gory bit of fluff, Killer Party is
now available on VOD, from Epic Pictures.
Labels: Horror Movies, Killer clowns, VOD