The Murder Game

Directed by the little known Robert Harari, I did not expect the 2006 horror movie “the Murder Game” to be that good (especially when compared to the quality of most recent horror movies I’ve either watched or tried to watch).  But I was wrong.  This movie, which starred nothing but unknown actors, proved to be quite the enjoyable little movie—and it got better as it went along.

This was in no small part a result of the plot.  It featured an interesting take on the slasher film that in a sense poked fun at the genre’s clichéd nature.  Of course, the idea of the film would be the most obvious example.  It was about a group of friends that played a game where one pretended to be the killer and the other’s had to discover who the killer was before they became the victims.  Only, in this case things didn’t go quite as planned.  The kids each started to get killed for real, turning the game into reality.

Moving beyond the plot, the first thing that comes to mind is that unlike in the last horror movie I wrote a review about the cameraman actually knew how to hold the camera steady.  This was much appreciated, and to me helped with the pacing.  This film knew how to build suspense, and in fact was paced more like a thriller than a horror movie.  Considering my love for the thriller genre, I was glad for that fact.  It kept things from getting boring. Also, I felt that the dark humor in the movie was really quite well done.  Whether it was intentional or not, I really don’t care.  Unfortunately, the comic relief characters were killed off first (so the audience didn’t get to see their pothead stupidity enough).  And if anything, the only thing I can say I didn’t really like about this film was that I felt the acting was a bit uneven.  Some of the actors were quite good (especially the bad girl who came off as extremely creepy in the end), but then you had some that just couldn’t act (or could only act in certain situations).

In the end, this movie turned out to be a lot better than I thought it was going to be.  It wasn’t perfect by any means, but how often does that happen with any horror movie.  And despite the movies flaws, it kept me on the edge of my seat.  I would definitely watch this again, so I give it four out of five stars—just because the rest of the movie overshadowed the acting.

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