#31in31 2019 – “Party Hard Die Young”

“Sheisse!”

Story: Graduated from high school! Woohoo! Let’s all go to that crazy cool EDM festival for recently graduated seniors, and par-TAY! Wait, where’s my BFF? Your BFF is missing too? Who’s that guy in the mask…?

Scares: Fun suspense.

Splat factor: Mild, but effective.
Closing scene “shocker”?: Nope! Yay!

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Original, but harks back to American 90s horror.

Trick or Treat?: Put I Know What You Did Last Summer and Can’t Hardly Wait in a blender, set it at X-JAM Croatia, throw in some subtitles… Boom. I dig it.

What’s nice about this 90s homage is the detail they give to the characters. My favorite? No, it’s not Denise. She’s a bitch. It’s Carmen, and her mini-arc is fabulous. So’s the way the story slowly doles out exactly what happened back then, and why it matters today. Great performance from the (Final) Girl Asskicker, who I’d like to credit, but IMDb is being difficult.

Bonus points for no silly sequel bait; this story is enough. Maybe more than enough; there are some very…intrusive…attacks that may be too much for some. But I thought it was realistic, and played credibly. At least for a story about a wacko interested in revenge. Note – don’t watch the dubbed version, the voice acting is horrible. Stick with the film auf Deutch. You’ll be glad you did.

Quality tunes – this film was shot during X-JAM after all – made me want to dance, even when some characters weren’t feeling so good. What can I say, performers like Skero, Blue Man Group, and more give a funky bounce to most of the proceedings. And I’m still bouncing. Two reasons – I love a well crafted slasher with no cliché ending, and I made a playlist. Y’know, of the songs available on the Spotifyness. Go bop, and get your scare on.

Score: 4 out of 5 pumpkins.

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