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Straight Edge Kegger: Horror house party

by Billy Cripps
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The path to hell is paved with good intentions in Straight Edge Kegger.

The Straight Edge movement is a life style in which a person abstains from alcohol, drugs and promiscuity. It especially prevalent among fans of Hardcore Punk music. The term was first used in a song written by Ian MacKaye and performed by his punk band Minor Threat. I most likely don’t need to explain what a kegger is. However for the sake of clarity, a kegger is usually a wild house party with copious amounts of alcohol, drugs, and promiscuity. The different ideologies coming together is an ironic oxymoron. That’s why a film called Straight Edge Kegger is so intriguing. 

Similar to S.E. Hinton’s That Was Then, This Is Now in the theme of friends growing apart Straight Edge Kegger tells the story of Brad whom is becoming disenchanted with the life style and his friends’ increasingly violent ways of handling others who don’t share their beliefs. Brad starts to hang out with the totally opposite hard partying Sean. While at a wild party Brad finds himself at odds with his former friends who have resorted to murder.

Cory Kays leads the film as Brad with the quiet charisma of an average guy forced into the role of hero. I’m not a huge fan of the genre of music that serves as the backdrop for the film. However that didn’t detract from my enjoyment either. This is a gritty disturbing, and sometimes claustrophobic film. Fans of The Strangers and SLC Punk will eat this film up.

Straight Edge Kegger is even more frightening film in it’s realism in an ever increasingly hate filled world. That’s why we watch horror though isn’t it? Some sense of control in an uncertain society. A short time that we can stop whenever we want to. 

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