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What Death Leaves Behind (2018)

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After a kidney transplant, Jake Warren experiences reoccurring nightmares he believes to be visions of his donor's violent murder, sending him on a dark path of vengeance, leading to an unbearable truth.

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Scott A. Hamilton
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Christopher Mann ... Henry Warren
Vincent Young ... Andrew Blosser
Erin O'Brien ... The Woman
Johnny Alonso ... The Man
Alexandra Tydings ... Dr. Kathleen Brady
Kelly Dowdle ... Mia Anderson
Shaira Barton ... Lisa Galvez-Warren
Amanda Diaz ... Bianca Galvez
Dennis Jeantet Dennis Jeantet ... Greg
Al Sotto ... Tyler
Bernard Glincosky ... Patrick- Group Leader
Jared Grange ... Bianca's Boyfriend
Jesse Bradley ... Mike - Operations Manager
Wayne Shearer Wayne Shearer ... Fred
Sonia Debreczeni ... Jennifer Landis
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After a kidney transplant, Jake Warren experiences reoccurring nightmares he believes to be visions of his donor's violent murder, sending him on a dark path of vengeance, leading to an unbearable truth.

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My Review Of "What Death Leaves Behind"
15 September 2019 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

Hamilton's story, told in a non-linear style - mostly just standard flashbacks, has a lot of emotion and melodrama written into what is otherwise a stereotypical "paranormal transplant thriller". Not that it isn't a cool horror trope, and WDLB has some good moments in it, it is just a concept that never seems fully exploited to the movie's benefit.

The story moves to slow and there is way too much use of psuedo exlressionist visual techniques that - together- cause quality sceens to expand beyond necessary, creating loss of momentum. It exposes flaws in acting and dialog that with proper post attention could have spared "What Death Leaves Behind" a loss in suspense. The pace, focus on emotionality and over-tapped scenes keep this one from being as thrilling as it needed to be.

That being said, the film has some quality moments. For most of the film everything rides on newcomer Khalil McMillan's performance, and he does a good job. Actually the cast on a whole give stellar perfances during a lot of the film. Unfortunately though there is a lack of consistency and a few times the dialog is a mess. But again, there is some quality talent at work in front of and behind the scenes in WDLB.

As far as horror goes, this film never really reaches that level necessary to create the chilling nature of the story. It tries hard but suspense gets bogged down by emotional theatrics to often, and the surrealism is just too much at times. More attention should have been spent on action and stronger, edgy psychological elements. Film like "The Eye" and "Body Parts" did this premise better. Overall "What Death Leaves Behind" is one worth checking out, just go in without expectations.


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21 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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The Kidney See more »

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