Death Count

Mahal Empire Release: Michael Su’s ‘Death Count’ (2022) – Film Review

A fun fact: as a horror fan, I tend to not like gore for the sake of gore and anything considered extreme horror or torture horror. I usually avoid those movies like the plague. A movie that changed my mind to give some extreme horror movies a chance was Saw (2004). I saw that one in the theater, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Definitely some diabolical kills in that one, but it also had a plot as well that was believable. When I saw the trailer for Death Count (2022), I was intrigued and decided to give it a go for the start of spooky season viewing. What did I think of Death Count (2022)? Read on for my spoiler free review.
Death Count
Death Count (2022) synopsis:
Strangers awaken in individual holding cells with no memory of how they arrived. They realize if they don’t acquire enough online “likes” in a timely manner, they’ll die horribly at the hands of a sinister executioner.
Death Count is the latest film from the Mahal Empire (Bloodthirst 2021 – read our review here,  Art of the Dead 2019 – read our review here) and stars veteran screen actor Michael Madsen (Kill Bill 2003, Reservoir Dogs 1992), Costas Mandylor (Saw franchise, Bloodthirst 2021), Sarah French (Pretty Boy 2021, Dawn 2022), Devanny Pinn (The Dawn 2019), and Robert LaSardo (Bloodthirst 2021). It was directed by Michael Su (Bloodthirst 2021) and written by Michael Merino and Rolfe Kanefsky.


My Thoughts: 

Death Count (2022) is a gory thrill ride. It packs a lot of mayhem in that hour and 21 minutes! This film definitely delivers the goods, and I believe die hard genre fans will love the kills. Even if you are new to the genre, you will appreciate the vile acts presented in this film. The special effects are pretty sick. This film brings some distinctive kills and acts of violence. Let me just say that Death Count isn’t for the faint of heart.

As far as plot, don’t expect anything new here. That’s not a bad thing, but there is a lot borrowed from the Saw franchise. The film does bring a more current social issue we face, which is social media and the desire for “likes.” Additionally, Death Count refreshes much of what the subgenre is known for, the gore.

The film has solid performances, most notably Sarah French, Costas Mandylor and Michael Madsen. Sarah gives a strong performance and really makes this character hers. Costas Mandylor is awesome as The Warden. He gives a convincing performance that is just so fun to watch. Even though he is sinister, you just can’t help but like him. The veteran, Michael Madsen, brings some humor to the film, and he is also fun to watch. The other cast members give life to their characters and made the film a worthwhile watch. My only complaint would be it needed a little more at the end to fully wrap it up.

Final Thoughts:

Death Count is a treat for extreme horror fans. If this is your subgenre, I believe you will be pleasantly surprised with this one. Solid performances, some killer special effects, and unique kills bring a refreshing spin to a formulaic plot in horror. If you are new to the genre, this may get you interested in watching more gory films. It’s worth checking out this spooky season. Death Count is currently available on most VOD platforms.

About JenniferLeigh

I love a good scare. I have a collection of over 500 horror movies and I am an avid reader as well. I'm also a fan of other nerdoms, Star Wars, Star Trek, X-Files, Firefly and Doctor Who to name a few. I live in Illinois with my husband and cats who share my nerdoms.

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