Blu-ray Review: MONSTER PARTY

MONSTER PARTY was written and directed by Chris von Hoffmann and stars Sam Strike, Erin Moriarty, Kian Lawley, Robin Tunney, Virginia Gardner, Brandon Micheal Hall, Bill Engvall with Julian McMahon and Lance Reddick.

The story follows three thieves who plan a daring heist posing as waiters at a fancy Malibu mansion dinner party in hopes of paying off an urgent debt. When their plan goes horribly wrong, the trio realizes the dinner guests are not as innocent as they seem and their simple cash grab becomes a violent and desperate battle to get out of the house alive.

Monster Party follows Casper (Sam Strike), Iris (Virginia Gardner) and Dodge (Brandon Michael Hall), three friends who are also small time thieves who decide to rob the Dawson’s mansion. The Dawson family includes Patrick the father (Julian McMahon), Roxanne the mother (Robin Tunney), Alexis the daughter (Erin Moriarty) and Elliot the son (Kian Lawley), who are hosting a dinner party and the three friends end up getting more than they bargained for and find themselves trapped inside when things don’t go as planned. It’s explained why the friends have decided to rob this place and it’s for a good cause but I won’t go into that.

What happens is, Dodge makes a wrong move that kicks things in gear and once this happens the real party begins. Let’s just say these three friends get in way over their heads with this group of party animals that’s full of surprises. Yeah, this isn’t just an ordinary kind of dinner party going on here plus there’s a whole lot more to the Dawson family and their guests than meets the eye. I will add that there is a voice of reason (Lance Reddick’s character Milo) that’s holding back the animal instincts but once the insanity over rules the law and order –  this is when the real fun begins. Casper and Iris find themselves running for their lives as they try to find a way out of this house on lock down that ultimately turns into a chilling fight for survival for the them.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, even though I helped promote Monster Party for the better part of 2018, I tried to avoid any potential spoilers and went into the movie blind and let me tell you I had a blast watching it. I also want to applaud RLJE Films for not giving away too much with the promos. Anyway, the story was fun and the movie has an incredible cast assembled for this feast. The only character development is with the three visitors that try to rob this family which doesn’t get much character development at all and for a good reason because they’re full of surprises. If I were to describe Monster Party I’d say it’s kind of a home invasion thriller that has elements of American Psycho, Mayhem, Belko Experiment and even a little Texas Chainsaw to it but that’s about as far as I’m willing to go because it’s freaking bonkers. There’s a lot of chaos and insanity that goes on inside this mansion and with that comes a lot of blood and gore to the max! Chris von Hoffmann did a great job with this movie that has ended up being a viciously wild surprise of 2018 and I’ll go as far to say a future horror classic. Yes, it’s that much fun! Monster Party will be available on Blu-ray on December 18th. 

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

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