Die letzte Party deines Lebens [Party Hard Die Young] (2018)

Die letzte Party deines Lebens
Director: Dominik Hartl
Writer: Robert Buchschwenter, Karin Lomot
Cast: Elisabeth Wabitsch, Marlon Boess, Markus Freistätter, Michael Glantschnig, Valerie Huber, Antonia Moretti, Hisham Morscher, Thomas Otrok, Chantal Pausch, Alexandra Schmidt, Ferdinand Seebacher, Fabian Unger, Nikolaas von Schrader, Edita Malovcic, Michael Ostrowski
Seen on: 5.4.2018

Julia (Elisabeth Wabitsch) and her classmates have finished school and as is increasingly common in Austria, that means that they’re packing their bags and heading for a week long party trip on an island off the coast of Croatia. It’s supposed to be a week of drinking, bathing and partying. Instead things turn sideways very quickly and Julia’s classmates start dying.

Die letzte Party deines Lebens is a classic teenie slasher that, unfortunately, has nothing much to recommend it. I was hoping for more from director Hartl.

I remember when somebody from that party organisation came to my class when we were in our last year. Back then, this super hard party thing was still rather new and had only been going on for a few years. By now it has become huge and every year, several thousand 18 year olds get together to drink, party and fuck. The entire thing was an absolute nightmare for me when I was 18 myself and it still is today. So having a horror movie in that setting definitely jives with me.

And I have to say that there is a certain amount of realism in the way the entire thing is officially handled – I think if somebody really decided to start killing teens there, it definitely would take a while until people realized that’s what’s happening. The incompetency from the management wouldn’t surprise me either, though I’m sure that it wouldn’t be as funny as Ostrowski made it in his role.

So, the setting is pretty much nailed down and yet the film just doesn’t work. It’s not just that the entire story behind the killings makes absolutely no sense and generally feels like they come up with it in 2 minutes and then never bothered to think about it again. Plus, from a narrative standpoint, they chose the wrong protagonist – the story shouldn’t have been centered around Julia but Lexi (Alexandra Schmidt).

The script’s weaknesses weren’t the only problem though. The acting was also subpar. I know a few of the actors from other movies where they were definitely much better and I know Hartl as a director from other movies as well where the acting was also good, so I really wonder how that lackluster performance from everybody involved happened. But no matter where it came from, it made the film a disappointment in pretty much everything but the practical special effects.

Summarizing: doesn’t work.

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