Something I love about writing reviews is that after I see a good/fantastic film I am able to not just review it but rave and recommend it to a larger audience. Of course each reviewer’s opinion is totally subjective but that is also where the fun is when reviewing films.
While watching Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 I had that awesome feeling. That feeling when you watch a film and it hasn’t even ended but you can’t wait to tell your friends (horror nuts) about it. My jaw was sore while watching the film because I was smiling so GODDAMNMUCH.
Set up as a banned film from yesteryear, a title card explains that Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 has been banned in countries all around the world and the only way that it is being screened is a teenager recorded it late one night on his VCR. The film plays like a TV film with fake commercials in between and all the familiar visuals of watching a recorded VHS (it even has the framing format of a VHS, total props to the filmmakers for this!).
The film is set after two ‘frat house massacres’ which I’m guessing would be the non-existent Dude Bro Party Massacre 1 and 2. Genius. We are introduced to Brock (a cool-as fraternity brother) who gives a speedy recap of the first two installments and his trauma of defeating the serial killer ‘Motherface’ in the first film and her daughter in the second. He recounts all the ‘bros’ who were slaughtered by the evil Motherface (with some bloody glorious death scenes). Brock is then killed only to have his twin brother Brent come to town to avenge Brock’s death. Genius.
Now what Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 does so well is make it its own original film while spoofing hundreds of other slasher/horror films. It reminded me of the classic Airplane (or Flying High) which was also its unique film but sent up the disaster genre so well. The jokes in Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 are a plenty and have running gags through out the film (with some damn fine repetition of jokes which worked stupendously). In this day and age we aren’t treated to many solid spoof pictures but this film goes above and beyond with it’s set ups and intelligence. I love recognising while watching the film that the filmmakers love and know the genre and are also smart to boot themselves. All these elements are evidently clear in the film with an intelligent script and the sense of pure JOY AND FUN. Two fundamental aspects I think a lot of horror films are missing in contemporary cinema.
As mentioned before the thought that was put in to the visual style and camera-work in the film is extremely on point, it is clear these boys knew what they were doing. The film is filled with wonderful cameos and familiar faces including the fantastic Greg Sestereo and ‘Buff Dudes’ very own Brandon White. For the kind of film it is the characters are well thought out, even if they are stereotypes the film still seems the bend the expectations allowing for more fun and laughs. The film never lags and was a joy to watch from beginning to end.
This film is so freakin sweet. Like sooooo sweet. Go watch bro. Like now. Dude.
DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE 3 is now playing at select screenings and availbale on demand from their site http://www.dudebropartymassacre3.com/ . The film is directed by Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet and Jon Salmon.