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A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Adam Wingard

Starring:
AJ Bowen
Brandon Carroll
Lane Hughes
Amy Seimetz
Joe Swanberg

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
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.
The Extras
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.

Last Call
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.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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