Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
This charming tale deals with a married couple- Victor and Elizabeth. Ol'Vic is a nasty, drug-riddled fellow who's inherited a large sum of money from his Father, and enjoys showing women a nasty time in his large mansion. Finally, his wife has had enough, she decides that along with Victor's lawyer (her lover), they will poison him, effectively ending his reign of terror. Unfortunately, the poison doesn't do the job quite as they'd hoped, and a thriller-type film ensues.
Is it good movie?
There's lame, there's lame, and then there's this.
The main problem with Living Death is that it is simply insulting to its audience. Most of the film is spent cutting back and forth between Victor's nastiness and Elizabeth and her accomplice planning out the 'perfect' murder. Have you ever heard of a plot like this before? I'll bet you have, and I'll also bet that when you saw the movie, it was much better than this.
What's so bad about this film, you ask? Well, for starters, the murderers decide to poison victor with the venom found inside a blowfish. A blowfish! Doesn't that sound terrifying? And not only this, but the effects of the potion? The potion runs its course, killing the victim- for THREE days. You die, but only for three days. How ridiculous is that?
Victor soon comes back to life, and he's angrier than ever, offing people with glee, and this is really the only selling point of the film. The serious issues are prevalent just about everywhere else. I mean, the characters are all completely disposable. There's no real 'hero' here, I mean, even Kristy Swanson's Elizabeth is a murderer (Buffy, how the mighty have fallen), I don't think there's a single likeable or fleshed out character to be found in this movie. I was begging for them all to be hacked to pieces, and for Victor to turn his weaponry on himself when the flick was over.
Living Death is a clichéd, lame movie that reeked of "straight to video", and if it wasn't for the blood, would have simply made for a below average soap opera episode. Erin Berry's direction is competent, but that doesn't save the rest of the movie from being a complete dog. Stay away from this movie.
Video / Audio
We get an unspecified widescreen transfer that looks ok, shot on DV here in Canada (too bad), but nothing to write home about.
Audio was a nice Dolby 5.1 track that did the trick just fine.
Extras? I'm almost glad there are none, because I don't know if I could handle this cast glad-handing each other in 'making-of' featurettes.
Really, there's no good reason at all to watch this movie. It's predictable, hammy, and lame. If you want to see people get chopped up, then you might want to check it out, otherwise I have to give my strongest recommendation to avoid.