Recommendation: German slasher, “Party Hard, Die Young”.

“Finally, graduated and off to Croatia. It’s supposed to be the “party of their lives.” But for Julia and her friends their graduation trip turns into a horror trip, from which not everyone will return.” – IMDb

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Films such as Blue My mind, The Nightmare, Nothing Bad Can Happen, have really opened my eyes to German horror.

I just watched, Party Hard, Die Young and was yet again blown away. The story had me hooked immediately. A group of graduates on a party island, with a killer on the loose. Come on…booze, drugs and killer. What can go wrong?

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The cast was overall great. But the lead, Elisabeth Wabitsch really stole the show. They were all believable and made the film feel raw. That’s something I always appreciate in foreign films in general, the characters and script feel so raw and mumble-coreish. It’s just a different vibe than something you’re used to seeing.

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The action starts early. The filmmakers don’t dawdle on the party scenes. Sometimes these types of “party films” are a bit too graphic and unnecessary with drugs, sex, drinking. Let’s just say this has an appropriate amount. You learn the places of the characters quite quickly as well. Who’s closer to who, which ones are actually friends. I always find club scenes in horror films ALWAYS have a creepy undertone. I always felt a little unsettled throughout. The filmmakers did a great job to shoot the film as if you were there. Something that really bothers me in films is when they show someone using their phone as a pop up. For example, when two people are having a texting conversation, the filmmakers use texting pop up graphics on screen. I don’t know why, but it bugs me. It takes me out of the scene every time. They do do this throughout the film, but lightly at least. So if that’s something that triggers you, try and move past it as I did. I promise it’s worth it.

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As the killing begin to happen, the story unfolds more and more. I like that the killing starts early, because then you get to try and solve the film. Viewing the movie as almost a murder mystery. That’s essentially what slashers are anyway. I do wish they kept a few things more hidden until the end. I figured things out quite a bit before the end.

Overall, if you’re a fan of the slasher genre, I think you would enjoy this film. It has a familiar structure, but still finds a way to modernize it.

WHERE TO WATCH – Shudder

RATING – 7.5/10

 

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