14th Apr2013

‘I Didn’t Come Here To Die’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Indiana Adams, Kurt Cole, Madi Goff, Travis Scott Newman, Niko Red Star, Emmy Robbin, Jeremy Vandermause | Written and Directed by Bradley Scott Sullivan

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Written and directed by Bradley Scott Sullivan in his directorial debut and starring a cast of hot, fresh young talent including Indiana Adams (Friday Night Lights), Kurt Cole (Up & Down) Madi Goff (A Thousand Cuts) and Travis Scott Newman (Live Fast Die Young), I Didn’t Come Here To Die sees six young volunteers set up camp in the middle of nowhere to work on a project for kids. A little too much booze and one horrific, stomach-churning accident spark a series of outrageous events. Alone in the woods guilt and paranoia begin to take hold and the bodies start to pile up…

OK. The grindhouse thing is fun. We get it. And I for one enjoy seeing rough and ready, grimey horror that is trying to recapture the era of crappy cinema prints and poor VHS copies – at least when its done well. Using scratchy and bleached effects on shot on DV films can work. Sometimes. But when the effect is taken to the extreme and you film looks like you’ve shot it through one too many Instagram filters I think you might have gone a little too far. I Didn’t Come Here To Die almost, and I mean almost, hits the “gone too far” mark, especially in its opening scenes but the film is saved by the fact the grainy yellow filter applied to the film gives the gore scenes a particularly gruesome look (and hides some of the low-budget quality of the SFX).

Seemingly inspired by Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, which took the slasher genre tropes and turned them on their head in a superb mix of comedy and horror, I Didn’t Come Here To Die features a similar “accidental death” plot, minus the comedy hillbillies of course! If you like you films short and sweet, I Didn’t Come Here To Die fits the bill nicely, clocking in at just over an hour (with credits) and writer/director Bradley Scott Sullivan doesn’t waste any time on extraneous plot, keeping the film lean and to the point.

If you can get past the slow pace early on and don’t mind the odd bit of wooden acting, there’s a lot to enjoy about I Didn’t Come Here To Die and it definitely marks Sullivan as one to watch.

I Didn’t Come Here To Die is released on DVD on 15th April 2013, courtesy of Second Sight.

*** 3/5

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