Thursday, September 15, 2016


Howdy fellow film freaks, Robert here. Halloween Party, a low budget "comedy" set entirely at the titular shindig, is an excruciating 85 minutes of dull acting, sloppy editing, and jokes that wouldn't get a laugh on Comedy Central.

Erin (Elle Newlands) has never been lucky in love, so she goes to a Halloween party hosted by her friends Ben and Julie (Chris Pentzell and Christine Blackburn) in the hopes of turning things around. It becomes quickly apparent that Ben and Julie haven't invited any likely candidates, however; all their other guests are either already married, or Erin's previous romantic blunders. In an attempt to save herself from going stag to what is sure to be a disappointing affair, Erin brings a homeless guy as her date. Think the homeless guy will turn out to be really special and love will blossom between the two? Go with that feeling, and use your time more wisely than I did.

It has been a long time since I saw a supposed comedy this infuriatingly unfunny. The cast is boring, juvenile and has no chemistry with each other, with some scenes playing out like dry readings in a college acting class. The scenes are disconnected from each other, giving no sense any kind of a greater story to tie the film together, and they're often interrupted with glimpses of other happenings going on elsewhere. The movie feels like only about 15 minutes of actual narrative were filmed, and then spread thin over 70 minutes of filler, like trick-or-treaters, people hanging out randomly by a jacuzzi, or a lap dance. Some filler is sometimes necessary to stretch a movie to feature length, or just to pace out the story, but if it isn't applied carefully, it becomes obvious. Obvious filler is tedious. Halloween Party has some very obvious filler.

If you want to watch a party movie, you have a lot of options. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

Robert's Score: 0/10

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