GenreHorror, Thriller Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateSeptember 14, 2010 (2010-09-14) (TIFF) Initial releaseSeptember 14, 2010 (Canada) Initial DVD releaseJanuary 30, 2012 (Netherlands) CastBrandon Carroll (Rusty), AJ Bowen (Garrick Turrell), Amy Seimetz (Sarah), Joe Swanberg (Kevin), Lane Hughes (Reed) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, Furious 7, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, The Purge: Anarchy, Taken 3
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A Horrible Way to Die is a 2010 American horror film written by Simon Barrett, directed by Adam Wingard, and produced by Travis Stevens, Simon Barrett, and Kim Sherman. The film follows the journey of an escaped serial killer as he chases down his ex-girlfriend. It had its world premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Vanguard program where it was picked up for distribution by Anchor Bay Entertainment. It also played at Fantastic Fest where it received three major awards: Best Screenplay for Simon Barrett, Best Actor for AJ Bowen and Best Actress for Amy Seimetz.
In rural Missouri, serial killer Garrick Turrell (A. J. Bowen) escapes from police custody and immediately resumes taking the lives of strangers whilst searching for his ex-girlfriend, Sarah. Meanwhile, having met at group therapy for recovering alcoholics, Sarah (Amy Seimetz) and Kevin (Joe Swanberg) begin to develop a tentative relationship. As the body count builds, Turrell makes his way to Sarah's new location just as she seems to be getting her life in order.
Barrett estimated the budget at $75,000.
A Horrible Way to Die debuted on 14 September 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival and opened in other film festivals on the dates given below.
The film has been shown as a special Valentine's Day screening at the independent Showroom cinema in Sheffield, UK.
A Horrible Way to Die was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the United States on September 6, 2011. Bonus materials include audio commentary with director/editor Adam Wingard and writer/producer Simon Barrett and a Behind The Scenes of A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE featurette.
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 63% of eight surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 6.3/10. Metacritic rated it 52/100 based on five reviews. Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote that the film is "strongly reminiscent of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" but lacks that film's impact. Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times called it "a restrained, ripely atmospheric thriller that relies more on mood than on special effects".