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A Horrible Way to Die -- Notorious murderer Garrick Turrell (AJ Bowen) has escaped from police custody and resumed his killing spree. His former girlfriend Sarah (Amy Seimetz) is a recovering alcoholic trying to put her life back together in a new town with a new man (Joe Swanberg). Her past continues to haunt her and now her ex-boyfriend is leaving a trail of slaughter in his hunt to find her. From Adam Wingard, director of award-winning film POP SKULL, comes an experience that is emotionally raw, disturbingly graphic and brutally real.
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A Horrible Way to Die -- An escaped murderer is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town.

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Simon Barrett (written by)
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Release Date:
19 August 2011 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
An escaped murderer is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town. | Full synopsis »
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3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
An impressive low budget horror thriller See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

AJ Bowen ... Garrick Turrell

Amy Seimetz ... Sarah

Joe Swanberg ... Kevin
Brandon Carroll ... Rusty

Lane Hughes ... Reed
Holly Voges ... Carla
Kelsey Munger ... Elisabeth
Michael Anthony Miller ... Steven
Ed Hanson ... Mr. Harper
Frank Stack ... Elderly Man

Whitney Moore ... Daphne
Gabriel Wallace ... Warner
Kirstin Denise Racicot ... Chelsea

Travis Stevens ... Craig
Cathe Frank ... Maddy
Jen Huemmer ... Dark-Haired Woman
Melissa Boatright ... Jessie
Ken Gregory ... Highway Patrolman
Amanda Shea ... Audrey
Gabriel Dichiara ... Everett (as Gabriel Di Chiara)
Ryan Beck ... Harris
Cait-Elise Vandiver ... Waitress

Steven Buehler ... State Trooper 1
Dana Gutierrez ... State Trooper 2

Simon Barrett ... Olsen
Michael J. Wilson ... Jones
Matt LaCasse ... News Commentator
Zak Zeman ... Truck Stop Clerk

Chris Hilleke ... Billy
Ashton Wingard ... Orthodontic Patient
Eric Mousel ... Clarkton Smith
Eric White ... Other Highway Patrolman
Sarah Byrne ... Diner Waitress
Bill Bellinghausen ... Eddie
Brooke Shippee ... April
Chelsea Ortuno ... Drunk Girl
Laura Garner ... Sober Friend
Tabish Abdul ... Arab-American Clerk
Stephanie Juergens ... Cashier
Thomas James McBroom ... Darryl
David Copeland ... Trucker 1
Mark Shelhorse ... Trucker 2
Malissa Bain ... Bar Patron 1
Trisha Ashford ... Bar Patron 2
Marita Karl ... Driver 1
Skip Harvey ... Driver 2 (as James 'Skip' Harvey)
Jen Tolle ... Driver 3
Michael Corey-Yares ... Drug Store Customer 1
Morgan Shellenbergar ... Drug Store Customer 2
Jay Sparks ... Bartender
Habib ... Diva Cat

Directed by
Adam Wingard 
 
Writing credits
Simon Barrett (written by)

Produced by
Simon Barrett .... producer
E.L. Katz .... associate producer
Joseph McKelheer .... associate producer
Brad Miska .... associate producer
Kim Sherman .... producer
Travis Stevens .... producer
Zak Zeman .... executive producer
Gena Wilbur .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jasper Lee  (as Jasper Justice Lee)
 
Cinematography by
Chris Hilleke (director of photography)
Mark Shelhorse (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Adam Wingard 
 
Casting by
Simon Barrett 
Kim Sherman 
Jen Tolle 
 
Art Direction by
Flynn Thomas Smith 
 
Makeup Department
Jill Wait .... hair stylist
Jill Wait .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
TJ Nordaker .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Barrett .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Morgan Shellenbergar .... art department assistant
 
Sound Department
Jesse Cnug Brown .... sound mixer (as Jesse C-Nug Brown)
Jesse Cnug Brown .... sound recordist (as Jesse C-Nug Brown)
Joshua Aaron Johnson .... sound editor (as Josh Johnson)
Eric Lalicata .... sound re-recording mixer
Sergio R. Rocha .... sound editor (as Sergio Rocha)
Eric Lalicata .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
John Sanacore .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Dan Snow .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mike Strain Jr. .... special effects coordinator
Mike Strain Jr. .... special effects makeup
Madison Strain .... special effects assistant (as Michael Madison Strain)
 
Stunts
Ryan Shields .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Taylor Glascock .... still photographer (as Taylor Emrey Glascock)
Chris Hilleke .... first assistant camera
Mark Shelhorse .... gaffer
Adam Wingard .... camera operator
Ashton Wingard .... key grip
Corey Ransberg .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Wait .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Simon Barrett .... post-production supervisor
Travis Stevens .... post-production supervisor
 
Music Department
Michael Atkinson .... score performer
Simon Barrett .... music supervisor
Quilted Crystal .... score performer
Kathleen Hairston .... score performer
Leah Hamby .... score performer
Neeta Kahlon .... score performer
David Korasick .... score performer
Jasper Lee .... orchestrator (as Jasper Justice Leigh)
Timothy Miller .... recordist: horns
Isidro Robinson .... score performer
Kacee Ross .... score performer
Kim Sherman .... music supervisor
Travis Stevens .... music supervisor
Travis Swinford .... score performer
Sarah Wells-Morgan .... score performer
Adam Wingard .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Simon Barrett .... location manager
Brian W. Collins .... titles (as Brian Collins)
Michael Corey-Yares .... production assistant
Ken Gregory .... police advisor (as Lieutenant Ken Gregory)
Sara Hall .... catering assistance
Lynda Hodges .... production insurance: The Insurance Group
Jeremy Milota .... payroll: ABS Payroll & Production Accounting Services
Eric Mousel .... production coordinator: second unit
Josh Oxenhandler .... attorney: Tofle & Oxenhandler
Kim Oxenhandler .... accountant: Gerding, Korte & Chitwood
Stephen Parshall .... bank services: Boone County National Bank
Kim Sherman .... location manager
Samantha Swafford .... production intern
Jen Tolle .... craft service
Jen Tolle .... production coordinator
Jill Wait .... stand-in: Jen Huemmer
Lacramioara .... photograph source (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Gabriel Cowan .... special thanks: New Artist Alliance
Andrew Droz Palermo .... special thanks (as Andrew Palermo)
Josh Slates .... special thanks
John Suits .... special thanks: New Artist Alliance
Nathan Truesdell .... special thanks
Brock Williams .... special thanks: Boxcar Films
 

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Rated R for disturbing bloody violence and images, language, some sexuality and nudity
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87 min
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The actress for Daphne actually stared in the 2 Birdemic movies, which are both on the bottom 100 movies list.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Garrick Turrell:I must have... I must have dozed off or something. I apologize.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An impressive low budget horror thriller, 28 September 2013
Author: TdSmth5 from US

A guy has a kidnapped girl in his trunk. He drives out somewhere during winter and chokes her to death. A girl assists an AA meeting. Another of the attendees introduced himself to her and slowly they begin a relationship although she's traumatized and repressed. How these two stories relate we come to find out in flashbacks as this movie progresses.

Turns out that the killer is a convicted serial killer who managed to escape while being transported somewhere. He steals cars and as the manhunt intensifies and his face is plastered all over the news, he threatens people to drive him across state lines.

The couple becomes intimate and she reveals her secret to the guy. She was the serial killer's girlfriend. She called the police on him after she followed him and discovered he had rented a storage unit to keep the bodies. But there is a twist in the relationship between her and the new guy.

A Horrible Way to Die is a good title for a horror movie, except that it doesn't have anything to do with this movie. The idea comes up somewhere when the killer asks his gf how she would like to die. But that's about it. We don't see any horrible killings. There is some after-the-fact gore, but nothing special. It's a small budget movie that doesn't look or sound like it is. Wingard knows how direct and he knows hot to tell a story. And this movie looks very nice and sophisticated. Wingard has to employ a variety of tricks to overcome the main problem- the short script. So we get a lot of different and strange camera techniques that may seem out of place but that give this film its unique tone and atmosphere. We get moving but not shaky camera, out of focus, odd placement of the camera, things in the way. And almost all of it works, except for the distracting Christmas lights that the girl for some reason has everywhere in her house. The story works, even the way it's told, the surprise. The actors all do a good job, in particular Seimetz. And the film transmits the closeness and intimacy of the characters. It's just not enough- not enough horror, not enough violence, not enough gore- after all this movie involves a serial killer.

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