Garden Party Massacre – USA, 2017

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‘Some people are the death of the party’

Garden Party Massacre is a 2017 comedy horror film written, co-produced, directed by and starring Gregory Blair (Deadly Revisions) alongside Nichole Bagby, Andy Gates, David Leeper and Lise Hart.

A gathering of friends goes seriously awry when an uninvited guest appears. With a pick-axe. And an attitude…

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Director/writer Gregory Blair has commented: “I love films that successfully walk that line between horror and comedy, whether it’s witty and referential like Scream or giddy low camp like Army of Darkness.”

Review:

Been to a garden party recently? Yeah me either… they are usually always rather dull, huh? Well not this one!

Welcome to Caleb and Addie’s strangely twisted and uncomfortable garden party, complete with a knife wielding host.

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The young couple kicks off with a proper pre-planning argument in the kitchen, when guests begin to arrive for their backyard cookout/get-together. Amongst the quirky guests: the token gay man, Wes; his possible partner (is he straight?) oddball, Lincoln; the human-epitome of Disney’s Inside Out character “Disgust”, Reena; and the over-the-top, overdressed, vampy sex kitten, Melanie.

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As with most parties, there is food, booze and awkward conversation. While the guests are introduced and make their first impression analyses on each other, there is something strangely amuck. Or at least, we assume there is, hence the “Massacre” in the title. Which party person is going to go postal???

Could it be Wes, the wise-cracking sharp tongue homosexual that is already “in” with both hosts? How about Reena, the cynical, complaining pessimistic friend of Addie’s that is basically at the party to show off her blood red velvet cake?

All eyes immediately follow newcomer, Link (Lincoln) who is so gawky, I am still wondering how he became the object of affection by both Wes and Melanie. Link is a clear lanky emo who continuously tries to follow along with the basic principle of survival, and fails miserably. Quite the lovable character that is needed to drive this fantastically funny ride along.

I cannot continue a review of Garden Party Massacre without the mention of Melanie. No words. Well…perhaps a few.

The mere mention of Melanie drives Caleb up the wall, which builds our anticipation. And then, she appears…mystery solved. Melanie, arriving in a stripper pole dress and more caked on makeup than a Manhattan downtown tranny, is explosively irritating. And delusional. Yet, her colorful presence keeps the laughter going, especially when the bloodbath ensues.

So, who is the killer you ask? Pfft… I cannot tell you. But you will not be disappointed by the rather bizarre twists in this homage to the 80’s campiness of the horror genre. Writer/director/actor Gregory Blair (who portrays the peculiar Link) knows how to not only throw a party, but beef it up with hilarity and plenty of blood. This is just pure zany fun and I adored it!

Meredith Brown, HORRORPEDIA

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Other reviews:

” …Garden Party Massacre hits all the bloody beats in its brisk 1:10 play time and it uses every moment it has to full effect. The pros – There are a lot of chuckles to be had and when you think you have the movie figured out, you don’t. The Cons – It’s a low budget indie movie. Some of the acting is questionable, but I still had a damn good time watching this flick.” Mike Mitchell, Geek Nerdery

“Blair and company make great use of the house and backyard but the story set up and the actors playing the characters are the gems of this movie. The actors should be proud of what they done because they were simply entertaining and made this typical horror movie into so much more!” Gross Movie Reviews

” …quite simply a hilarious movie! And that’s first and foremost because it finds exactly the right, welcomely old school approach to comedy, putting an emphasis on snappy dialogue and the perfect delivery thereof, on the right performers in the right roles, well-executed physical humour, while avoiding to be too clever for its own good or dumbing it down for cheap laughs.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

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Garden Party Massacre is admittedly not for everyone, especially horror fans that don’t like comedy added to their plate. But, if you do like comedy or satire that pokes fun at different genres, then this is well worth giving a chance. Gregory Blair has crafted a unique take on the slasher subgenre.” Raul Vantassle, The Movie Sleuth

Main cast:

Andy Gates (My Haunted House; Haunting of Cellblock 11Zombies in the Basement), Nichole Bagby, David Leeper, Douglas Green, LeJon, Lise Hart, Art Roberts, Gregory Blair, Tiffani Fest, Marv Blauvelt, Dawna Lee Heising, Matt Weinglass,  Audrey Mitchell, Carrie Jones, Sam Ghazi, David Biber, C.J. Gilmore, Raymond Vinsik Williams, Susan Land, and Olivia Land.

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