A Horrible Way to Die (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Horrible Way to Die (2011)

TOMATOMETER

——

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

A Horrible Way to Die Videos

A Horrible Way to Die Photos

Movie Info

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 Kevin is romantically interested in Sarah, but she remains withdrawn: her past continues to haunt her and may soon catch up with her, as Garrick is leaving a trail of bodies in his hunt to find her...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

Watch it now

Cast

AJ Bowen
as Garrick Turrell
Kelsey Munger
as Elisabeth
Ed Hanson
as Mr. Harper
Gabe Viles
as Werner
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for A Horrible Way to Die

Critic Reviews for A Horrible Way to Die

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

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

August 18, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 18, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

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
Little White Lies

A brutally raw and mind-blowing story crafted by one of the best writers working in independent Hollywood today and a cast that oozes both a quiet intensity and a subversive wit.

Full Review… | September 3, 2011
Dread Central

As a horror movie that feels more like a mumblecore drama that a serial killer passes through, it's deaf to its own shifting tones.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for A Horrible Way to Die

½

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

½

"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

A Horrible Way to Die Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss A Horrible Way to Die on our Movie forum!

News & Features