A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A nasty individual named Garrick has broken free from the police and is killing once again. Unfortunately, his ex-girlfriend is trying to put her life together again as she's moved to a new place with a new protector. When Sarah gets really spooked, she is foolishly whisked away to a cabin in the woods. Garrick is looking for Sarah- this won't end well.
Is it good movie?
If you can't handle shaky-cam movies, you need to avoid this one
because it's shaky as all hell. I'm talking stick a camera to a
bumblebee and have it fly up your nose shots. This is absolutely
distracting. The damn movie feels like it's half out of focus. On top
of that, this isn't exactly a really enjoyable watch. I'm all for a bit
of serious horror now and then so I won't fault it but I can only
handle so many "get the feeling like this isn't something people should
want to watch" movies each year.
Yes, this is one of those dark, gritty, grim and nasty flicks.
Unfortunately though, the movie just doesn't bring it where it needs to
to make it truly worth recommending. Yes, there's lots of gore and
nastiness, but the movie moves at such a slow pace. It absolutely plods
at point near the middle.
I'd like to also mention Garrick, played by AJ Bowen. He's just not
powerful or interesting enough. The dude should be eating this role up
and instead it comes off underplayed and as a result, somewhat dull.
He's got a certain amount
The other two main cast members, Amy Seimetz and Joseph Sawnberg aren't
really anything to write home about either but they're okay. The story
is somewhat plausible as a revenge plot and the couples are fleshed out
fairly well, but there's a HUGE twist in the movie that really killed
any momentum it had going for it.
There's not a lot more I can say about a Horrible Way to die. The plot
is familiar, the cast is acceptable, the camera work pushes the
boundaries of what's tolerable, and the movie is otherwise a bit dull
and super sad and depressing. I can't recommend it.
Video / Audio
This flick comes to us in a 1.78:1
1080p high definition transfer and isn't impressive. I can't
imagine watching this in theaters, my eyes would fall out. This isn't a
movie anyone needs on Blu-Ray.
Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 and
the flick sports a good score, and the mix represents everything quite
well. Well done.
There ain't much here, but you do get a commentary from director and editor
Adam Wingard and the flick's writer/producer Simon Barrett. It's a
fairly typical track about the pain of making a "groundbreaking" indie
horror flick and the like.
Other than that is a brief and forgettable EPK titled Behind the Scenes of A Horrible Way to Die.
If you've never seen a torture flick or a "I'm coming back for you"
revenge movie, then this one will suit that purpose. Simply know that
it will test your patience and has one big twist that might ruin it all
for you, if the camera doesn't first.