Sunday, March 24, 2019

Why Don't You Just Die (2018) What The... Fest 2019

This blood soaked black comedy would have been a better opener of this years What The... Fest rather than its closer since it's insane cartoon like quality will make you wonder what the hell is going on. I mean that in a good way because this is a one of a kind poisoned confection that will make you laugh even as it makes you wince.

The film opens with a twenty something young man arriving at the home of his girlfriends parents. We know he is there for an evil purpose by the way he grips the hammer he is hiding behind his back. The purpose is to kill his girlfriend's father, a large evil police detective that no one much likes. However things go wrong from the outset and before long blood is flowing.

If this had been played straight this would have been a totally unbearable film. The gruesomeness and the dark turns would have made for an ugly film that would be well into the realm of torture porn. However director Kirill Sokolov manages to hit the sweet spot tone wise with the result the film plays more like a blood soaked Roadrunner cartoon or a live action Itchy and Scratchy comic. I went into the film expecting to be hiding my eyes instead I was simply tense with anticipation that was often released by the laughter.

This film is a happy little trip into the heart of mankind's darkness and we are better for it.

While absolutely not for all tastes WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE is highly recommended for anyone who likes sick and twisted comedies and doesn't mind the blood.

WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE plays tonight at the What The Fest  at New York's IFC Center. For tickets and more information go here.

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