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Murdaritaville

USA 2024
produced by
Carter Simoneaux, Paul Dale (executive), Dylan McGovern (executive) for Paul Dale Films
directed by Paul Dale
starring Jenna-Francis Duvic, Austin Naulty, Heather Campos, Dylan McGovern, Carter Simoneaux, Pierre Simoneaux, Dustin Simoneaux, Manon Pages, Charles Early, Kenny Bellau
written by Paul Dale, Dylan McGovern, songs by Carter Simoneaux, creature design by Taylor Fisher

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Thirty years ago, Jeep (Dustin Simoneaux) and Maisie (Manon Pages) got into an argument while on their way to a Jimmy Buffet concert which ended with her chucking him out of the car in the middle of nowhere. Trying to find his way, he soon stumbled upon a few leaking barrels of nuclear waste and ... suffice to say she never made it to the concert and he has since taken over a guesthouse in the vicinity.

Now, on their way to a Jimmy Buffet tribute band concert, a quintet of youngsters (Jenna-Francis Duvic, Austin Naulty, Heather Campos, Dylan McGovern, Carter Somoneaux) stop at Jeep's (now played by Pierre Simoneaux) place for a bit of partying, but eventually they're confronted by Parrothead*, a local Jimmy Buffet-themed killer, who picks them out one by one to slaughter them. Now their first suspicion of course falls upon Jeep and they want to confront him with their theory - but he dies upon them with a heart failure, and the killings still continue. So they need to come up with something fast to not all end up as parrot food ...

 

*Parrothead is already also what Jimmy Buffet-fans call themselves.

 

Now to be very frank, I know very little about Jimmy Buffet and his music, for no other reason but that he has never made any significant impact on Austrian audiences that I would be aware of, so frankly many allusions to the man and his music just went over my head, and it appears to me there were quite a few. But that said, even without a deeper understanding of that aspect of the film, there's plenty of things to laugh in Murdaritaville, it's just a likeably silly movie that stretches the absurdity of the slasher formula to the limits, fills the story up with elements that at first look fail to fit - which only adds to the film's comical effect -, and fortunately, while not exactly remaining high brow throughout, the film never goes all-moronic to fish for only the cheapest laughs. And a likeable ensemble cast only makes this all the more fun to watch, and while it's quite probably not the most memorable horror comedy ever, it's a fun watch that ought to make a great party movie for sure.

 

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