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  • Summary: Forget everything you’ve ever seen in a serial killer movie and get ready for the chiller that stunned festival audiences around the world: Notorious murderer Garrick Turrell has escaped from police custody and resumed his killing spree. His former girlfriend Sarah is a recovering alcoholic trying to put her life back together in a new town with a new man. Her past continues to haunt her. And now her ex-boyfriend is leaving a trail of slaughter in his hunt to find her. (Anchor Bay Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 18, 2011
    80
    Viewed simply as a horror movie, A Horrible Way to Die is diverting; viewed as commentary on our willingness to tune out evil for the sake of emotional connection, it's devastating.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Aug 17, 2011
    58
    The credibility Bowen and Amy Seimetz, as his fearful ex-girlfriend, bring to their roles nearly legitimizes the movie's underlying silliness.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Aug 15, 2011
    40
    Where helmer Adam Wingard's prior "Pop Skull" used a jittery style to convey its delusional, possibly meth-addled protagonist's mindset, here, too much handheld camera wobble and wavering image focus only alienate the viewer from this somewhat sluggish tale.
  4. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Aug 16, 2011
    40
    Bowen in particular stands out, impressively describing Garrick's hairpin turns from comforting his victims to instinctively throttling them, but director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett exhibit less facility with the big picture.
  5. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Aug 15, 2011
    38
    The adventitious use of loud and strange blasts of music may theoretically make sense to heighten the film's creepiness, but here, like everything else, they don't exactly make a perfect fit and serve more as the final nail in the coffin for the film's lack of tonal cohesion.
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  1. Aug 31, 2013
    9
    What a powerful, if unconventional, horror movie. Amy Seimetz is awesome, as usual. She is so convincing as someone recovering from alcoholism, on the surface level, and from a horrific past relationship, the details of which are buttoned up for most of the film. Joe Swanberg is great and if you haven't seen it yet, check out this crew's next group collaboration that is You're Next. In fact, these two films would make a great double bill some dark night but make sure you see You're Next second. Expand