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Killer Party

Killer Party
Directed by William Fruet
Produced by Michael Lepiner
Written by Barney Cohen
Starring Elaine Wilkes
Sherry Willis-Burch
Joanna Johnson
Martin Hewitt
Paul Bartel
Music by John Beal
Cinematography John Lindley
Edited by Eric Albertson
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • May 9, 1986 (1986-05-09)
Running time
91 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Killer Party is a horror comedy film released in 1986. The movie was directed by William Fruet. This film is the latest pre-May 1986 MGM movie to be owned of Turner Entertainment since 1986 (and then owned by Warner Bros. since the 1996 Time Warner-Turner merger)


Three friends, Vivia, Jennifer, and Phoebe, decide to pledge a sorority. The night of the initiation, Vivia (Sherry Willis-Burch) plays an elaborate prank on the sorority sisters as the three girls are being initiated through a hazing ritual. Subsequently, all three girls are chosen to join the sorority, and Vivia learns that her prank was the only reason for her acceptance. Now she must gimmick up a traditional April Fools party that the sorority is hosting for a fraternity. The party is to be held at an old abandoned frat house where a young man named Allan was killed 22 years prior. Jennifer (Johnson), is bothered by this house, but Phoebe (Wilkes) and the guy she is interested in (Hewitt), convince her to go along with the party plans. Unfortunately for the friends and everyone else at the party, someone or something else does not want anyone in the abandoned house.

Near the end, it's revealed that Jennifer who happens to be possessed by the demon tries to kill Phoebe and Vivia with a trident, but Vivia and Phoebe escape from Jennifer and head upstairs to escape by breaking off the blocked window and escaping to the roof, but then Jennifer appears on the roof and attacks Vivia outside of the house, causing her to fall from the roof and landing on the ground in damage. Phoebe, with a sharpened wooden column, saves Vivia by impaling the possessed Jennifer with the wooden column through her chest, apparently killing both the girl and the demon. However, the film ends with the demon taking hold of Phoebe just before the police arrive and take her into custody. As bodies are removed from the house, Vivia is placed on a stretcher and taken to an ambulance where Phoebe is waiting, still under the demon's control. Vivia begs not to be put in the ambulance with Phoebe, but her screams are ignored. The movie ends when the ambulance doors are closed and the vehicle drives away as Vivia's cries continue. It is left to the audience to wonder if Phoebe will kill Vivia at the Hospital or at a certain point.



The movie was originally to be called "April Fool", but the title was changed to Killer Party when Paramount announced their own horror film called April Fool's Day.

Actress Sherry Willis-Burch revealed in an interview that her character "Vivia" was initially meant to be killed early in the film when she first was given the role, but was rewritten to survive until the very end of the film

Critical reception

Allmovie wrote "This late straggler in the slasher-movie cycle of the early 1980's is a "neither fish nor fowl" exercise in frustration."[1]


  1. Donald Guarisco. "Killer Party (1986)". Allmovie. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 

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