The Dinner Party – Thriller, Horror
Category – Movie
Content – Jeff, a hopeful playwright, attends a dinner party with his wife Haley. His hopes are that the sophisticated and elite dinner guests will bank role his latest play. And the host and guests are definitely a well mannered and sophisticated crew. While alone in the parlour, Jeff makes Haley take her medication and makes sure she does not drink. The pre-dinner conversation with everyone is one of taroh cards, brilliant Broadway plays, symphonic music, and a real life tragedy. And when Jeff and Haley are offered an exquisite wine, neither can refuse. When the wine kicks in and the room becomes fuzzy, the five elites put their ultimate plan in motion. A murder, a sacrifice and a dinner. However, when Haley needs her pills and they are refused, the once sophisticated group gets more than they bargained for! I’ll admit the pre-dinner conversation goes on way too long, at least by half an hour. Once you hit the one hour thirty minute mark, the movie has picks up and finishes very strong. But does Jeff and Haley overcome their dinner hosts and guests? You have to get through the pre-dinner drama to find out! This scores a 6 out of 10.
Acting – While there are no A-listers in this movie, this cast can hold their own. Alli Hart, who plays Haley does a great job, as she has many facets of acting required of her. She is the unstable wife, the curious guest, the some what tortured, and the revengeful lady. She has to play it all and does a great job. Her husband, played by Mike Mayhall, is not a likable character, so it doesn’t really matter what happens to him. The ensemble elite five are played by Bill Sage, Lindsay Ann Williams, Miles Doleac, Sawandi Wilson and Kamille McCuin. These five do a great job playing the sophisticated and demented. Score is 8 out of 10.
Duration – 1 hr 56 min. Sorry, but too long for this movie. Half of the “sophisticated” talk could have been eliminated to get to the guts of this story faster. The real action happens in the last 25 minutes of this movie. If we had gotten there quicker, it would have been better. This gets a 5 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for The Dinner Party – 19 out of 30
Recommended Watch – This is not a bad film, just a little long and a little demented. If you aren’t into a hint of cannibalism (it is the dinner party after all) and rituals, it might not be for you. But, if you want sophisticated conversation with a kick ass end, Give it a go!!!