A Horrible Way to Die (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Horrible Way to Die (2011)




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Notorious serial killer Garrick Turrell (AJ Bowen) has just escaped police custody and resumed his killing spree. His former girlfriend and recovering alcoholic Sarah (Amy Seimetz) has recently moved to a small Midwestern town and is trying to put her life back together. She regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, where she meets fellow addict Kevin (Joe Swanberg). Kevin is romantically interested in Sarah, but she remains withdrawn: her past continues to haunt her and may soon catch up with her, as Garrick is leaving a trail of bodies in his hunt to find her... -- (C) Anchor Bay

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AJ Bowen
as Garrick Turrell
Kelsey Munger
as Elisabeth
Ed Hanson
as Mr. Harper
Gabe Viles
as Werner
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Critic Reviews for A Horrible Way to Die

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

A restrained, ripely atmospheric thriller that relies more on mood than on special effects.

August 18, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

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.

August 18, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Here, too much handheld camera wobble and wavering image focus only alienate the viewer from this somewhat sluggish tale.

September 18, 2010

A non-linear approach wears thin, initial intrigue giving way to frustration as the story continually dances away with the cuts.

February 28, 2019 | Full Review…

This is not the easiest film to just sit back and soak in, but it is very satisfying to do the work.

August 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

September 6, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

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.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


"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.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

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