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The Dinner Party

They were warned.  That gold and frightening mask previewed at the beginning of the night was more than enough to get me to run like hell AWAY from the madness that descends upon this household.  Good food or not, nothing could get me to stick around after those costumed shenanigans . . . and that’s just at the front door!

"Taking multiple stabs at the rich, The Dinner Party is one hell of a feast that you won’t forget anytime soon"


Taking multiple stabs at the rich, The Dinner Party is one hell of a feast that you won’t forget anytime soon.  Thanks to a solid cast and some tight direction, independent horror gets sophisticated and invites you to dine, drink, and digest this June!

Playwright Jeffrey Duncan (Mike Mayhall) has a lot riding on the dinner he’s been invited to attend.  Depending on how well he and his wife, Haley (Ali Hart, who is a powerhouse in this thriller), schmooze the renowned surgeon and culinary enthusiast, Carmine Braun (Bill Sage) and his lover, Sebastian (Sawandi Wilson), it could mean the funding of his new work on Broadway.  

But first they have to survive his guests!  

Sadie (Lindsay Anne Williams) and Vincent (Miles Doleac, who also directed and co-wrote this delectable treat of horror) and Agatha Archer (Kamille McCuin), a novelist who wanders around this very strange house they’ve been invited to dine inside in the nude, are quirky and creepy, allowing just enough information to crawl in to tip us off that all is not well inside Carmine’s house.

Immediately, we are on edge.  An ill-timed joke is played at the door by Sebastian and it sets Jeff and Haley off, triggering a warning for Haley to get the hell out of the house and, unfortunately, triggers a lecture from Jeff about how the rich behave.  We are immediately on the side of Team Haley as Jeff merely wants his play to be funded, but she is heeding the red flags and, yes, she has every right to be uneasy about this dinner party.

Maybe it’s the phoneless party.  Maybe it’s the conversation.  But, truth be told, we - much like Haley - never settle into the festivities.  And, trust that the conversation gets more and more bizarre as the evening goes on.  The Dinner Party

Something is going on here and it goes beyond the need for real human connections without distractions.  These people have lost their marbles long ago and, thanks to their wealth, have set up an opportunity to fulfill their wildest fantasies . . . at the expense of the poor.  From the wine to the music, the intoxicating trap is set for this couple as knives are unsheathed and masks adorned.  Is Haley strong enough to withstand that evils of The Light Bringers disciples?  Find out in this twisting and demented thriller that definitely takes you to some places you never expected!

Bill Sage (American Psycho, “Power”) and Jeremy London (Mallrats, The Devil’s Dozen) star in writer-director Miles Doleac’s The Dinner Party, coming to DVD and Digital June 5th from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Capitalism meets cannibalism in The Dinner Party and you are invited.  Bon appétit!

4/5 stars

The Dinner Party

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The Dinner Party

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
94 mins
Director
: Miles Doleac
Writer:
Miles Doleac, Michael Donovan Horn
Cast:
Jeremy London, Bill Sage, Sawandi Wilson
Genre
: Horror | Thriller
Tagline:
Bring Your Appetites.
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Uncork'd Entertainment
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Release Date:
June 5, 2020
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Synopsis: Renowned surgeon and culinary enthusiast, Carmine Braun, invites playwright, Jeffrey Duncan, and his wife to join his eccentric friends at their semi-annual dinner party, having promised to fund Duncan’s new play to Broadway. As the evening descends into madness, the group’s true intentions are revealed, along with an ancient secret that will change the Duncans’ lives and fortunes forever.

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