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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Color
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Garrick Turrell: I must have... I must have dozed off or something. I apologize.
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Soundtracks

The Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by U.S. Air Force Band
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Your Boyfriend's a WHAT?!!
29 August 2012 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Well, the title ain't lying. Lots of people die in this movie, either on screen or off, and one person comes very close to dying, and all of the methods used are pretty horrible.

"A Horrible Way to Die" brings an admittedly unique spin to the serial killer movie. It uses mixed up chronology to tell the story of a woman whose boyfriend, a convicted serial killer, escapes from prison and comes back to find her, and the efforts of a new love interest to help her and keep her safe. The wacky order in which the story is told makes it feel richer than it probably is, and there are some major plot twists toward the end (up there with some of the biggest) that are handled less than delicately (you can practically hear the gears grinding at one point as the movie shifts into an entirely new direction). And stylistically it feels like a film made by a film student who's been itching to get his hands on a camera and can't control himself once he has -- the camera is always, I mean ALWAYS, moving, randomly zooming, drifting off to the edges of the frame, going out of focus. It's exceedingly annoying.

But the film does have a morbidly grim appeal to it. I can't say I necessarily enjoyed watching it, but I can say that it was memorable.

Grade: B-


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