“No, Todd, we’re Americans! We can do whatever we want without consequences!”
Bear with me while I proceed to rant: I might be reaching peak throwback slasher satire saturation. I doubt I’ll ever get tired of them completely – I mean, I am a horror fan at heart, and I appreciate the horror fan in-joke that these movies are – but there’s just so darn many of them lately. It feels like I’ve been spending the glut of my valuable horror watching hours solely on this one variety of film. There’s something that feels slightly cheap about poking fun at the shortcomings of yesteryear’s films, especially when it comes to the tools they had at their disposal. Yes, many of the movies we hold dear were made on the cheap, but we suffer their myriad offenses – their grain and boom mikes and clumsy acting and slipshod editing – because they’re genuinely enjoyable films. Poking fun of these qualities feels a bit like making fun of rain for being wet. At its worst, it comes across as hipster ironic posturing. Thankfully, Dude Bro Party Massacre III is an enjoyable slice of screwball. It might be a little hyperactive and a lot strange, but those are a couple of the qualities that we love about the films that Dude Bro is lampooning.
If you’re reading this, you’re either wondering, “What happened to Dude Bro Party Massacre 1 and 2, and should I see them,” or, “Yeah, I get it. This is the third sequel slashers, they just skipped parts one and two.” If you’re part of the former camp, I’ll let you in on the joke: there is no Dude Bro Party Massacre 1 and 2. Well, not in our world, at least. The idea behind Dude Bro Party Massacre III is that it was made in the 80s and subsequently banned after a single late night cable television showing. The film is a mimic of a VHS recording, complete with all that entails – a videocassette palimpsest bleedthrough opening to a kid mowing the lawn, rippling edge tracking effects, and commercials. It’s a funny, cleverly done transmission from the alternate-dimension 80s that produced hyper 80s works like Kung Fury and Far Cry: Blood Dragon.
What makes Dude Bro extra funny is the gender swapping going on. Instead of a house of hot sorority babes having a slumber party where they bare all and get bludgeoned, we’ve got a bunch of bros who seem to like ripping their shirts off. Sure, it’s a bit of an obvious switcheroo, but it’s still funny and over-the-top campy. There’s also a nice string of fun cameos, including Larry King who gets a javelin in the gut, and Andrew WK as Ripstick, an awesome party bro that disappears after his first high-five appearance.
So: the kills are fun and funny (particularly one involving a zip-line), the acting is decent, and it’s a genuinely good time. If it sometimes seems like a Red Bull binging kid raised on Tim and Eric, well, there are worse things for a film to be. Eager to please is just one of the qualities that endears old slashers to us in the first place.
Even if you’re overdone on campy comedy slashers, give Dude Bro a go. It just wants to party with you, and if you let it, you might just find yourself wondering if you were ever tired of campy comedy slashers in the first place.
Note: If you’re wondering where you can see this film, Dude Bro Party Massacre III can be rented and purchased from a number of online video retailers. You can also purchase or rent it directly from the filmmakers here: