If there has ever been a genre filmmaker who will go down in history as one of the greatest, it’s DLB. Saw II and Saw III really solidified him as a genre creator, but it was during Repo! The Genetic Opera where he really broke the mold. His creations are wild and extreme and have even broken out film with his revolutionary Tension Experience; an all around mind fuck of an Alternate Reality Game. There seems to be a certain stigma that can surround his name mostly due to the fact that studio interference has muddled many of his artistic endeavors. We now have a look at his next [potentially] groundbreaking project, which is due for release before Spiral, Death of Me.
Vacationing on an island off the coast of Thailand, Christine (Maggie Q) and Neil Oliver (Luke Hemsworth) awake hungover and with no memory of the previous night. They find footage on Neil’s camera, and watch, horrified, as Neil appears to murder Christine. With twenty-four hours until the next ferry and a typhoon threatening the island, Christine and Neil attempt to reconstruct the night’s events—and are snared in a web of mystery, black magic, and murder.Collider
Unlike most horror trailers this one really teases with its unpleasant imagery while doing a great job of showing very little. The plot is insanely cool, and the trailer really is just icing on the cake. Bousman has always pushed the bar with film and taken things to places no one has (like casting Paris Hilton in an opera). From the trailer alone we can see an amalgam of multiple subgenres from found footage, to body horror, to disaster horror. In a genre chock full of unoriginality, Darren Lynn Bousman continues to push the bar.
Is that enough gushing over Darren Lynn Bousman? The film was written by Ari Margolis, James Morely III, and David Tish, so it will be very interesting to see the fully realized product of his directing with their script.
Death of Me has a fantastic cast behind it with Maggie Q (Priest, Fantasy Island), Luke Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok, Westworld), and Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes, Doctor Sleep).
Death of Me releases October 2nd, perfect for the start of a month of horror binging. Who are we kidding, all we watch is horror.
I write horror sometimes.