Movie Review (2019): ‘To Your Last Death’ is a Surreal, Animated Nightmare

As a huge anime fan, I was excited to watch Jason Axinn’s new animated horror film To Your Last Death. The film starred the voices of Morena Baccarin (Deadpool), William Shatner (Star Trek), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), Bill Mosely (3 From Hell), Damien C. Haas (Unravelled), Dani Lennon (The Love Witch), Florence Hartigan (Phoenix Forgotten), and Benjamin Siemon (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).

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Synopsis for To Your Last Death

In order to save her siblings, a young woman takes on her father and the powerful entity known as Gamemaster, who ensnares humans into diabolical plots while her species gambles on the outcome.

At the start of the film, Miriam (Dani Lennon), is called along with her three siblings to meet with her sadistic father Cyrus (Ray Wise) in his high rise building. He announces he’s dying of brain cancer, and then sets his men, including Pavel (Moseley), on the siblings to kill them all. The only one that manages to get out alive is Miriam. Game over, right? Or is it? Enter the Gamemaster (Baccarin), who can restart time, and promises to give her another chance to try and stop the bloodbath.

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To Your Last Death reminded me of a kind of an insane mix between Run Lola Run and Saw. I thought it was all kinds of fun. Miriam makes a great heroine, who doesn’t always do everything right, but that just makes her more realistic. Despite this being animation, this is one of the bloodiest films I’ve seen all year. No animated blood is spared.

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Now for the bad: The quality of the animation seemed a little crude compared to what I’m used to seeing in Japanese animation. Maybe that’s a personal preference. Also, the narrator (William Shatner) that chimes in every once in awhile seemed to serve no actual purpose. The part is so laughably small that it really could be cut out without sacrificing the story.

I’m not sure this will be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d certainly recommend it to horror fans. To Your Last Death is now available on Blu-ray and VOD!

About Christine Burnham

When not writing, Christine Burnham is watching TV, Horror films, reading, cooking, and spending time with her menagerie of animals.

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