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A Horrible Way to Die (2010)

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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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Adam Wingard

Writer:

Simon Barrett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
AJ Bowen ... Garrick Turrell
Amy Seimetz ... Sarah
Joe Swanberg ... Kevin
Brandon Carroll Brandon Carroll ... Rusty
Lane Hughes ... Reed
Holly Voges ... Carla
Kelsey Munger Kelsey Munger ... Elisabeth
Michael Anthony Miller Michael Anthony Miller ... Steven
Ed Hanson Ed Hanson ... Mr. Harper
Frank Stack Frank Stack ... Elderly Man
Whitney Moore ... Daphne
Gabriel Wallace Gabriel Wallace ... Warner
Kirstin Denise Racicot Kirstin Denise Racicot ... Chelsea
Travis Stevens ... Craig
Cathe Frank Cathe Frank ... Maddy
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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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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing bloody violence and images, language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Užasan Način za Umiranje See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbia, Missouri, USA

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Outside of very few scenes, the cinematography is done with minimal lighting and/or very soft-focused cameras to give the film a very dark edge. See more »

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[first lines]
Garrick Turrell: I must have... I must have dozed off or something. I apologize.
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Evil Devil Woman Blues
Written and Performed by Joe McCoy
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A Horrible Way to Make a Movie! Making hand-held look very bad, worse than Blairwitch Project!
15 September 2011 | by jgc5060See all my reviews

A horrible way to die is nothing more than a horrible way to make a movie. It looks like they just blasted some lights, cranked the shutter speed and did hand-held to make an "artistic" movie. Well, there is nothing "artistic" about this, and this is coming from someone who is a huge fun of unique and original F-U Hollywood film making. I'm a huge fan of Gaspar Noe, and I appreciate directors who "break the rules." These guys do nothing but shaky hand-held the whole time, and man is it annoying! The acting and music is good, but I feel like the camera man has never operated a camera before! It's the same type of shot over, and over, and over. You couldn't beat a dead horse any more than they used out of focus shots to transition scenes, and hand-held shakiness to show hectic moments in the movie.

I could understand if they used some hand-held and shakiness, but maybe for 5 percent of the movie, not 95 percent! Even if your a film student, I don't think you'll like this. It looks like they shot it all in 3 days. The camera work is a far cry from human vision. Human's don't float their eyes aimlessly in a shaky haze. The only point of view shot is the point of view of a really bad camera man! It's like a really depressing and poorly made reality show.

Please don't compare this movie to anything Gaspar Noe has done. Gaspar Noe's camera style isn't shaky vision, it's Gaspar Noe vision, and isn't easy to replicate, as these guys probably found out. Everything Gaspar Noe does is delivered with an original and innovative sense of technical brilliance, which this movie doesn't touch with a mile long pole. Gaspar Noe films make you interested and actually want to watch the rest of the movie, not take your eyes off screen because you have a head ache.

This movie is not much more than a student film with a really nice camera and good actors. The camera work just makes it impossible to actually get into. The script doesn't really go anywhere, and there's not much suspense. The music, color grading, and acting are all decent but unfortunately, they don't know how to set up a tripod or dolly, so you have to torture yourself to see if the acting is good or not. Please invest in a tripod, or Steadicam, or just quit floating around like a film student trying to be artistic! Hand-held film making can be really awesome, but this is a very poor example. The camera-work in Blairwitch Project was better, and they didn't even know how to use a camera! Hold the camera against your head if you have to, the more points of contact the more stable. What a horrible way to make a movie.


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