Film Reviews: “A Horrible Way to Die” (2010)

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Directed by Adam Wingard.
Starring AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, and Joe Swanberg.

Serial killer Garrick Turrell has escaped from prison and is looking to murder his ex-girlfriend Sarah, who has started a new life in a small town.

This is a slasher like no other. “A Horrible Way to Die” is dreamlike and abstract. Combine that with tension, sadness, and brutality and it becomes a nightmare. Sarah frequently has flashbacks about Garrick, mostly romantic ones before she knew he was a killer. These memories keep her struggling to move forward. I love how the story is pieced together. For a slasher, this film takes on heavy material and covers some deep issues.

AJ Bowen is ridiculously fantastic and creepy here! Some of you may remember him from “The Signal” and “House of the Devil.” Indie director Joe Swanberg plays the role of nice guy Kevin, who starts dating Sarah, helping her feel normal again. He’s not a great actor but I always enjoy seeing him. Amy Seimetz is new to me, but very memorable in the challenging role of Sarah.

I can’t recommend “A Horrible Way to Die” to everyone. It’s experimental, emotional, and strange to the senses, but it’s a quality film. I really dug it.

3.5 out of 4.0 stars.

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