Independent filmmakers often find themselves faced with next to nothing budgets, which isn’t a new concept or revelation, among their mirage of problems is simply, location. Then add into the mix, a screenplay that is center on just that adds to the difficulty of telling a story, yet greatly reduces the costs, everything in life comes with trade-offs and compromises. If one takes the time to think of this, there’re plenty of movies that use a house or hotel among them You’re Next (2011), House (1986), while others slightly cheat by incorporating other breakaway shots, with scenery The Shining (1980), The Evil Dead (1982), or Misery (1990). However, if one expanded it slightly there’s Below (2002) one primary place but underwater in a submarine, and then likely the thriller Lifeboat (1944) or Rope (1948) which are both by Alfred Hitchcock. This hence brings us to writer and director Kirill Sokolov’s foreign made horror flick which primary uses one area, but includes a brief break by incorporating the usage of flashback scenes, for his film Why Don’t You Just Die, released by Arrow Films. A side note, this review done slightly different, as I don’t want to ruin the plot and a few secrets, so it is shorter and cryptic unlike many others I write.
Love makes people do crazy things, Matvey (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) cares for his girlfriend, Olya (Evgeniya Kregzhde), arrives to a Russian apartment, with a claw hammer, awkwardly placed in his back pocket the intent on murdering Andrey (Vitaliy Khayev ), his motivation comes from tragedies Olya suffered during her childhood. If a person has made their heart a piece of stone, their morals are going to allow them to kill, not for survival but rather revenge, well Andrey isn’t just another man, he’s quite brutish and a police detective, soon the slow burn opening goes extremely nuts. The fight sequence becomes incredibly long, but not for one minute is it boring, some very unique moments occur, and makes one think Quentin Tarantino was perhaps on set, using left over bits from Kill Bill. The blood splashes wildly with smashed faces, cracked bones, stabbings and slow-motion face penetrating a television screen, nothing quite like it. As this lengthy scene rages on, Andrey’s meek wife Tasha (Elena Shevchenko) keeps to herself focusing on making her tea, as if the raucous in the other room is just loud movie playing. Just when thinks the turmoil has ended Andrey’s police partner and buddy Yevgenich (Mikhail Gorevoy) enters to quickly aid in the chaos and reveals a deeper issue involving distrust, anger, and more brooding tempers.
Some likely to find subtitle movies a letdown and problematic, but that’s a not reason to ignore these films, rather watching them to both support the independent filmmakers and to explore new ways of telling a horror story. It is true the film lacks on a fully workable script, and to others the physics seem ludicrous, but seriously compare that to any of the Halloween or Friday the 13th franchises, once more not a sincerely valid reason, to be negative about the film. Overall the movie lends some comical lines and portions that give the audience that nod, granting the permission to laugh, serving to break the tension. Lastly, the flick is a straight-forward horror movie, rather lending more to a thriller, with dramatic moments, the amount of blood and violence gives it footing horror but barely.
IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
Baron’s Rating: 6.5/10