A Horrible Way to Die (2010)

Thirty-one Days of Horror

For the whole month of October I’ll be watching and reviewing one horror film each day!

Adam Wingard is now most famous for the 2016 Blair Witch sequel, the adaption of Death Note and the forthcoming Godzilla vs King Kong, but back in the early 2010’s, he directed some pretty grisly horror films.

A Horrible Way to Die was Wingard’s third film, starring two of his regular collaborators AJ Bowen and Joe Swanberg and is co written by his frequent creative partner Simon Barrett.

The story of a serial killer’s escape from jail and his journey to find his ex girlfriend Sarah (played by Amy Seimetz), A Horrible Way to Die was a lot more than I expected when I started up the blu-ray, a naturalistic relationship movie that just happens to be a serial killer thriller too!

The portrayal of Sarah’s alcohol abuse and alcoholic recovery feels real and harrowing, plus the way the film is shot makes it feel more gritty and sort of like we’re intruding on her life.

Sarah is shown to be getting her life back together with a potential new boyfriend in fellow AA member Kevin, played by mumblecore hero Joe Swanberg, while AJ Bowen’s Garrick relentlessly ploughs his way across the country towards her and the inevitable yet somewhat stilll unexpected, bloody climax.

I really enjoyed A Horrible Way to Die. Admittedly, I am already a fan of Wingard and Barrett but this is really different from their usual output. The element of fun, of dark comedy isn’t really here, making this movie feel more visceral, more real than the likes of The Guest. I think I was expecting more of a brutal splatter fest than the deliberately paced story I got.

For Fans Of:

The Sacrament

You’re Next

The Innkeepers

Creep

The Signal (2008)

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