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Even when Don't Kill It veers toward the ordinary, Lundgren is there with his lived-in face and playful eyes, waiting as ever to spring into action. It's great to see him in a fun movie again.
Anyone hoping for more than a VOD time-killer that's occasionally in on the joke of its own ridiculousness is barking up the wrong tree.
Don't Kill It is the very definition of the Sam-Raimi-coined "Spook-a-blast".
Don't Kill It has its tongue planted firmly in cheek and doesn't pretend to be anything it isn't.
A good example of an '80s horror film that I immensely enjoyed, even if acknowledging it as a trivial low-budget B film with an absurd plot.
Don't Kill It is an amusing film filled with gore-soaked laughs as well as intimate and tense moments, and highlights the importance of women saving the world.
Mendez returns to form with "Don't Kill It," a wild and inventive comedic chiller.
Don't Kill It is some DIY insanity that leaves more scattered limbs than an overturned Halloween decoration truck.
A peripatetic demon turns a small town into a slaughterhouse in this brisk and very bloody supernatural thriller.
Don't Kill It is a cheeky camp parade with buckets of low-rent charm, and for fans of camp cinema and Lundgren's B-Movie fare, Don't Kill It will fit like slipping into something cozy and familiar with a few surprises along the way.
Mendez has clearly mapped out something bigger, but it doesn't matter if we never see the whole thing; like health insurance, just knowing it's there is enough. On top of this, the gore-fests are glorious, never letting the viewer feel cheated.
In the perfectly self-aware Lundgren, [Mendez] has his perfect muse/foil for his brand of smartly/silly horror spoof.
I'm starting to write this review, probably, like 20 minutes prior to watching tonight's movie, so I doubt I'm gonna get it done in time. Let's see how much I can write before I'm done. It ended up being a bit of a non-issue, since it's now 7:50 am and I started writing the review around 9:15 pm. The point I'm trying to make is that last night's movie (47 Meters Down) wasn't finished, so I don't have to write two reviews in quick succession, thankfully, those are my least favorite reviews to do. That's neither here nor there, let's move on. If there was one job that I'd probably be good at, if I was a character in a horror movie, it'd be demon hunter. But, to me, there's a catch that comes along with that. I'd be a successful demon hunter leading up to the film's events, my reputation would be widely known. You'd see news clippings of my adventures, or whatever. I'd then meet up with a group of stupid teens who need my help and, after some initial resistance, I would agree to help them. But, and this is where the catch comes in, I'd probably end up dying halfway through the film. I'm the expert and I'm the one that's gonna catch the demon, right? Well, nope, wrong. Now these dumb teens are gonna have to figure out what to do on their lonesome. I have a lot of confidence in myself, don't I? I suppose that's, obviously, not important. What is important is this little movie and what I thought of it. I really don't know what I'm gonna say about this movie, since it's a straightforward affair with very little depth and complexity. I guess that's why I started with that little aside of me being a very successful demon hunter until the horror movie actually starts. Anyway, first things first, I think Dolph Lundgren is pretty great in this role. He definitely looks and acts the part of lifelong demon hunter. The thing about Lundgren is, however, that he's clearly having a blast in this movie and that lent itself to him giving a surprisingly inspired performance. Of course, I'm not saying that his performance is Oscar-caliber, I mean, come on. I'm just saying that he gets to show that he's more than adept at comedy. I believe the idea about Lundgren's perception as an actor, if there is one, is that because he's spent most of his career appearing in shitty action movies, most of which headed straight to video, that he must be a terrible actor. And that's not necessarily fair, in my opinion, to say. A guy gets typecast into a certain type of role because he looks a certain way, and there's not many people that look like Dolph Lundgren. Let's just say that Noah Baumbach isn't knocking on Lundgren's door to star in his next movie. And I don't mean that as an indictment on Baumbach's casting choice, but I'm just trying to make a point. Being typecast in a certain type of role or genre doesn't make you a bad actor. Steven Seagal, now that guy sucks. For the most part, I thought Seagal was tremendous in Machete. The point is that Lundgren is pretty great in this movie and his charm and wit help carry the movie past its weaker moments. This is clearly meant to be a camp, B-movie with accompanying thrills and it certainly delivered on the blood and gore end of things. Story is simple enough, this demon jumps into the body of the person that killed its previous host. Hence the title, you can't kill the thing, because it will just take possession of you. There's still a lot of killing, as I've already mentioned, so a lot of these people don't just listen, but I like the idea that you can't actually kill this demon, you can only hope to contain it and store it someplace where no one can access it. There's also a bit of a 'twist' in that Agent Pierce, the FBI lady, comes from some angelic lineage, no, literally. So Jebediah (Lundgren), tells her that this demon wants to possess her body so it can be even more powerful than it is now. So not only can you not kill it, now Agent Pierce has to avoid protecting herself, or at least killing the damn thing, or else it'll possess her and take over the fucking world. Or something. It's never made clear why this is a bad thing. I mean, demonic possession is never good, but why because Pierce of angelic lineage, does that make her more valuable to the demon. They never really explain this and it's a shame. Visually speaking, the movie isn't really much to look at, but I found the scripting to be perfectly solid and, again, it embraces a silly and campy style, which makes it all the easier to watch. Though, if I'm being honest, I don't think I feel comfortable calling this movie good. I just feel that the movie slows down tremendously during its second act and, while Lundgren does a good job at carrying the film, I just felt that not much really happened. The thing is that this movie is something like 80 minutes long, without credits, so for that to have been an issue is disconcerting. I feel like if they had trimmed some of the fat, this would have gotten a higher rating from me. It just had every ingredient for it to be a movie that I'd enjoy. Well, every ingredient except for better pacing and, maybe, directing. Though I can forgive the latter more than the former in all honesty. With that said, I don't really have much else to say about this. Lundgren is great and, if there's a reason for you to watch this, it's because of him. In fact, one of the funniest scenes in the entire movie is Lundgren giving this speech about why he needs to help catch this demon while these two cops are trying to remove him from the Chief's office. It;'s a really long speech and every time you think the cops have him out of the room, he powers his way in, with the cops still holding on to him. It was silly, but it was a very funny scene and it's all due to Lundgren, in my opinion. There are still some flaws, but if you're a horror nerd then I'd say that this definitely deserves a watch. This was definitely a very decent horror flick. There's a good movie here, but we were kept from it due to some glaring pacing issues.
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