Death of Me
review by Bobby Blakey
I love horror films of all kinds, but my all-time favorite franchise is that of SAW. Director Darren Lynn Bousman took over the franchise with parts 2-4 and then returned for the upcoming entry Spiral: From The Book of Saw. Outside of that franchise he has offered some other great additions the horror market including Repo! The Genetic Opera, Mother’s Day, Abattoir and St. Agatha. Now his latest flick Death of Me starring Maggie Q, Luke Hemsworth and Alex Essoe is getting ready to be unleashed, but does it pack the usual punch or will it be the death of the viewer?
Death of Me follows Christine and Neil Oliver who awake hungover and with no memory of the previous night while vacationing on an island off the coast of Thailand. They find footage on Neil’s camera, and watch, horrified, as Neil appears to murder Christine. With twenty-four hours until the next ferry and a typhoon threatening the island, Christine and Neil attempt to reconstruct the night’s events—and are snared in a web of mystery, black magic, and murder.
I love films like this that open with something that makes little to no sense then runs through the previous events to try and put it back together. The supernatural elements adds to the mix and keeps you guessing with every answer just being another question. The film isn’t scary, but it doesn’t appear to try to be, but it does offer up some creepy elements and blood which is expected giving the context of the story itself.
It kind of has a Hangover vibe initially as they try to figure out what happened the night before after seeing a shocking outcome on video that makes no sense to them or the viewer. Have no fear it finds its footing and keeps you guessing throughout in a good way. The cast are all good with Maggie Q doing most of the heavy lifting here. Bousman is so great at building the tension and horrific elements to his films and once again hits it out of the park.
I really dug this film, but there is little that can be said about the film without giving anything away. It might not work for everyone, but for those that dig Bousman’s work or just a good horror/thriller then check out Death of Me in theaters On Demand and Digital October 2nd from Saban Films.