NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
The vengeful father of a murdered girl goes on a woodsy killing spree.
Is it good movie?
After his daughter is run down in the road like a dog by some drunk kids coming home from a party in the woods, Hunter Isth disappears. A few years later, on the anniversary of her death, a collection of friends decide to camp out in the very woods in which Isth has settled. Hilarity ensues.
In a horror film, there are supposed to be characters you don't like, so that you get a measure of satisfaction when they are killed off (boy, that sounded dark). But there are also supposed to be characters you like, whom you can root for. This movie has all of the former, and none of the latter. I pretty much wanted each of them dead about two seconds after they were introduced. Which takes too long to happen, and then happens pretty unspectacularly.
So, yeah, a snoozefest here. The mechanics of the film are decent, considering the inexperience of the director (this was his first time ever on a movie set), but the script is thinner than wet toilet paper. Just as we need to root for some characters, and root for the death of others, we need to either empathize with or super effing hate the villain. Here we have a guy set up to be sympathetic - including a tearful soliloquy about his wretched life - but then he tortures people unnecessarily before killing them.
The upshot here is that nothing in the film is creative or particularly engaging, the kills are ho-hum, and there's not much personality to either the killer or the victims. Honestly, about the most positive thing I can say is that it's pretty short.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen, 1.78:1. The transfer is pretty good, though the photography is a little brassy for my tastes.
Audio: 5.1 Surround Dolby Digital, no subs or alternate language tracks.
Audio Commentary with writer/director Jason Christopher: This commentary also includes producer (and Christopher's cousin) Deven Lobascio. To say it's low-key would be an understatement. They're jovial in the way that close relatives and friends are, but manage to give info on the production at the same time. It's worth a listen if you liked the film.
Making of Nobody Gets Out Alive: A Retrospective: This is a 23-minute doc that is mostly two interviews - one with Jason Christopher and one with producer Deven Lobascio - interspersed with brief and very candid behind the scenes footage. It covers pretty much every detail, from inception to execution. Ha ha. Get it?
Outtakes: Along with the other two features, these bloopers show that the set of such a grim film was pretty jocular.
Jason Christopher seems like a pretty nice guy, and he is young and this was his first film. So I wish him the best on future endeavors, but this film is really bad. It's full of unlikeable characters, has a boring villain, and nothing much in the way of creativity to suggest it over the raft of slasher film throwbacks lining the shelves of Amazon and Netflix. This one is safe to avoid.