Party Night Reinvigorates Slashers -Trailer Review


Party Night: Trailer Review

Party Night: Troy Escamilla’s Approach to Slasher Horror

Director: Troy Escamilla Party Night

Writer: Troy Escamilla

Release Date: TBA, 2017

Release Format: TBA

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Horror Sub-Genre: Horror


Six friends become prey for a sadistic psychopath when they decide to ditch their high school after prom party for their own celebration at a secluded house.

Trailer Analysis

In 30 seconds, the teaser trailer for Party Night gets straight to the point. The trailer opens up with high school friends getting ready for their senior prom. Immediately, intense clips of struggles and a deranged psychopath ensue. The trailer ends with “Party Night”.

Opinion Party NightThe trailer is quick and to the point. In just 30 seconds, you see all you need to see without seeing too much. It touches on some key scenes without giving away the film before you can watch it for yourself.

Troy Escamilla’s film is a Teen Horror-Slasher. A group of high school friends is on their way to their senior prom, with plans to party hard, unsupervised, with alcohol and maybe some drugs and sex at the after party.

Meanwhile, an unknown assailant is stalking them and monitoring their every move. He’s probably a notorious serial killer that’s wanted by the police but has been hard to track down.

Of course, since the young adults are in a secluded house, more than likely in the middle of nowhere, or deep in the woods, their chances of receiving help are slim to none.

Most trailers need, on average, three to four minutes, and end up revealing too much of the film. The trailer to Party Night manages to be successful enough to encourage me to watch the film.

With a focus on the Troy Escamilla’s idea, it prides itself on paying homage to the classic Slasher genre. Nowadays, Slashers have become more gore-fueled exploitation films. I haven’t seen a true successful Slasher since the classics of the 80s, with a few popping up in the 90s.

Most of the self-proclaimed Slashers of today are not true Slashers. They are more along the lines of cheesy exploitations with unrealistic, over the top gore and torture scenes. Shock factor films, I like to call them.

Troy Escamilla’s film looks to take a different approach by revisiting the “roots”, so to speak. It’s revitalizing the Slasher culture, but with its own personality. This seems to be a decent, solid indie film.

The release date for Party Night has not yet been determined, but it will release sometime in 2017.



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