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Killer Party is a 1986 Canadian horror comedy directed by William Fruet.

In order to join a sorority, three friends go to a hazing party in an old house where a sadistic bloodthirsty demonic spirit is lying in wait.


Tropes used in Killer Party:

  • All Guys Want Sorority Women: the boys in Beta Tau are obsessed with the girls in the sorority, who are generally assumed to be the hottest babes on campus. An early scene features them bathing naked in the hot tub in their backyard.
  • Ass Shove: The fat Bee-Boy is murdered by having a spear gun fired up his ass.
  • Bee Afraid: The boys of the Beta Tau throw a jar of bees into the backyard of the sorority, where they attack the girls and drive them naked out of the hot tub.
  • Body in a Breadbox: Vivia finds Virgil's severed head (and hands) stuffed into the refrigerator.
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  • Body Surf: At the very end of the film, the ghost/demonic entity that has been possessing Jennifer demonstrates that it has this ability by jumping from Jennifer to Pheobe.
  • Covers Always Lie: The poster and DVD cover shows a boy and girl dancing at a prom (or other formal occasion). No such scene happens in the movie. The 'party' of the title is an April Fools Day costume party.
  • Demonic Possession: Sorority pledge Jennifer is possessed by a demon accidentally summoned up at a frat party 22 years earlier, and then trapped in the abandoned frat house. She then starts killing all of the attendees at an April Fools Day party.
  • Embarrassing Slide: When Professor Zito shows the Greek letter committee the annual film on the dangers of hazing, he discovers that the Beat Tau frat has swapped it for the film of the sorority girls fleeing naked from the hot tub.
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  • Fake Action Prologue: Opens with a creepy funeral where one of the mourners is dragged into the coffin and subjected to Murder by Cremation. This is then revealed to be a movie that two teenagers are watching at the Drive-In Theater. And then this turns out to be the intro to a music video one of the main characters is watching.
  • Faking the Dead: During Goat Night, Vivia fakes her decapitation by guillotine as a prank. The girls plan to repeat the prank during the party, but Blake and Albert fake Albert's death by stabbing before they have a chance to.
  • Fat and Skinny: A fat and skinny pair of Beta Tau frat boys (known as 'Fat Bee-Boy' and 'Skinny Bee-Boy') who lack any of the redeeming characteristics (such as they are) of the other frat boys and generally exist only to act inappropriately towards the sorority girls.
  • High-Voltage Death: Professor Zito is murdered when the killer jams a live electric cable into his neck while he is investigating the guillotine in the basement.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The hazing party where the majority of the deaths occur takes place on April Fools Day.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: During the climax, the possessed Jennifer manages to regain control of herself long enough to beg her friend Phoebe to kill before the demon takes over again and kills everyone. After a moment's hesitation, Phoebe obliges by stabbing a long wooden paling through her chest.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Happens in the Fake Action Prologue. As the woman is dragged kicking and screaming into the coffin, one of her shoes comes off just before she is dragged fully in and the lid slams shut.
  • Murder by Cremation: In the Fake Action Prologue, one of the mourners at the funeral is dragged into the coffin which is then fed into the crematorium retort.
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: Virgil sabotages the backdoor of the sorority house so it won't open. The frat boys then release angry bees into the backyard, driving the naked sorority girls out of the hot tub. Discovering the backdoor won't open, the girls have to run around to the front, where the frat boys are seated with refreshments.
  • No Name Given: The Fat and Skinny pair of frat boys who act as Those Two Guys are never named. In the credits they are identified as 'Fat Bee-Boy' and 'Skinny Bee-Boy'.
  • Off with Her Head!: During Goat Night, Vivia fakes her own decapitation with a guillotine. During the April Fools Party, the killer uses it to kill Albert for real.
  • Old, Dark House: The abandoned frat house where a young man named Allan was killed 22 years prior.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: The frat boys spy on the sorority girls using the hot tub in the backyard of the sorority house. They then release bees to force the girls out of the tub and make them run naked back to the house naked.
  • Panty Shot: Happens during the Fake Action Prologue. When the female mourner insulting the deceased is yanked into the coffin, her Dangerously Short Skirt rides up, exposing her red satin panties.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Virgil sabotages the backdoor of the sorority house so it won't open. The frat boys then release angry bees into the backyard, driving the naked sorority girls out of the hot tub. Discovering the backdoor won't open, the girls have to run around to the front, where the frat boys are seated with refreshments.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: The killer murders Pam by stabbing her with a trident; the symbol of the disbanded fraternity.
  • Those Two Guys: The fat and skinny frat boys from Beta Tau who toss the jar of bees into the sorority's backyard, and who later wear bee costumes to the hazing party. They are only identifies in the credits as 'Fat Bee-Boy' and 'Skinny Bee-Boy'.
  • Voice of the Legion: When Jennifer is possessed, her voice becomes deep and masculine and gains distortion and reverb.
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: Much of the first half of the film is devoted to the boys of Beta Tau playing pranks on the girls of their sister sorority, and the hazing of the girls pledging.
  • Wall Crawl: While possessed, Jennifer has the ability to do this: crawling along the ceiling and then smashing through it to grab Vivia on the floor above.

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