A Horrible Way to Die (2011)
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as Garrick Turrell
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Critic Reviews for A Horrible Way to Die
A restrained, ripely atmospheric thriller that relies more on mood than on special effects.
The scrambled timeline seems like an effort to disguise a paucity of original ideas. It'll be interesting to see what Wingard can do when he actually gets hold of some.
Here, too much handheld camera wobble and wavering image focus only alienate the viewer from this somewhat sluggish tale.
A non-linear approach wears thin, initial intrigue giving way to frustration as the story continually dances away with the cuts.
This is not the easiest film to just sit back and soak in, but it is very satisfying to do the work.
offers a visual restraint and a melancholic lyricism that make it quite unlike anything else in the otherwise overcrowded serial killer genre... a story of love and death, addiction and self-control, the wages of sin and the long road to redemption.
Audience Reviews for A Horrible Way to Die
Being honest, I didn't see the ending (which is pretty solid) coming until about five seconds before it got there. Also being honest, this is not Adam Wingard's best work. In fact of what I personally've seen from him, it's actually his worst. A Horrible Way to Die's problems are many, the absolute worst of which is the camerawork. It is spasmodic nature is aggravating to the point of being painful. Blegh.
Dafaq is wrong with the camera? More like "A Horrible Film to Watch." There is no budget at all for some basic lighting and dolly, the camera shakes like an earthquake. Characters had no emotions, I did not understand why this is even a horror film, just because people died doesn't make it a horror film.
"A Horrible Way to Die" is marketed as a suspense/horror film and while the plot has many twists, adding creepy music doesn't make it a horror film. The score however, is atmospheric, particularly when Garrick Turrell is shown on his killing spree. The camera work is too jumpy and shaky for my taste, though that is the director's intention. While AJ Bowen puts in a good performance as the criminal serial killer, the rest of the actors don't have much to work with as their characters seem fairly one dimensional. Overall the film was average at best and while there are good intentions, most fall flat.
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