We Said “I Do” to “Death Do Us Part”

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Do you like creepy horror movies about young people getting murdered at their cabin in the woods? What if I sweeten the deal with lots of cleavage and nearly full frontal male nudity? Do I have your attention now? Fantastic! Because Death Do Us Part can haz all the sexy, scary fun!

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It’s a killer wedding.

No spoilers. This movie is going to introduce a fun cast of wedding party characters and any of them could be the killer du jour. The quick paced plot will keep you guessing. There’s the couple to be: Kennedy, uptight socialite bridezilla, and her slutty fiancé, Ryan; bridesmaids: Hannah, the jealous sister, and Emily, the needy bff; groomsmen: Chet, the douche-bro, and Derek, the deadbeat; and even a creepy groundskeeper, Bo. When the group starts getting picked off, one by one, in awesomely gruesome fashion, the audience has little time to try to put the pieces together while the blood lust and action escalate. It’s a fun ride and I have nothing but mad respect for on screen and real life couple Peter and Julia Benson – writers, producers, and stars of the film. Except that I hate them forever for being such talented, beautiful people.

 

The best part about Death Do Us Part is the occasional visuals of the blood stained bride wandering through the lush forest. Beautiful and terrifying, I love the juxtaposition of a woman dressed up for the happiest day of her life but covered in blood and lost in the woods. Nice work on the cinematography, by Christopher Charles Kempinski, and fabulous direction by Nicholas Humphries, a young, award-winning, Vancouver director. Also, WE KNOW HIM.

In fact, the Plot Bunnies joined Nick and the Death Do Us Part legion of family and friends for a screening at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre. This is a big deal for us. Not only did we put pants on and leave the house, but we also hung out with other living humans! Like, in person! In A CROWD. And WE MADE SMALL TALK. As writers, this is big deal. We pushed outside of own social comfort zones and shared oxygen with strangers. It was amazing. There is nothing like an enormous crowd of tangentially-related human beings getting together to support people passionate about making movies.

On the way home, the other screenwriters we talked to also spoke up about having a blast at Death Do Us Part. Even though most of them had figured out the plot early on, and correctly guessed the killer (writers are the worst!), they still had a fantastic time watching the action unfold. It’s a fun movie, and hits all the expected moments horror fans are looking for, with a few surprises along the way to keep even genre fans engaged. It’s not the most original horror movie I’ve seen, but it does a lot on a micro budget. And it’s out on DVD this week. Enjoy!

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A microbiologist turned screenwriter, she loves all things science. Roz enjoys video games (the cake is a lie!) and reading comic books, and arguing with other geeks about both. Inspired by screenwriters like Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright, Fran Walsh, and Joss Whedon, her favourite genres are science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Roz is so cool she plays the French Horn and has a collection of fabulous head bands.

2 Comments

  • dntme@dntme.com'
    April 23, 2014

    DNTME

    The movie is the same trite garbage they all are. Acting is fine. Production values are fine. Plot reeks. Well made garbage is still garbage.

    And it’s another sexist piece of crap. 3 times more males killed than females. As usual. Even threw another one in at the end for no reason. Just to up the male body count. Notice how the law enforcement is rarely ever female. And if they are, nothing happens to them. And, of course they also put in the female killing many males fetish for the fan boys. This movie is so blatantly sexist as to be pathetic. Which it is. The writers are pigs.

    • teamplotbunnies@gmail.com'
      April 29, 2014

      plotbunnies

      I don’t disagree with a lot of these points, but I think there are a lot of horror movies made following the genre tropes that appeal to certain fans but are not for everyone. Sadly, there is a lot of sexism in movies still. At least in DDUP, the killer’s motive isn’t jealously over a man necessarily, it’s over a friendship falling apart. And because of crazy, haha.

      I’m glad audiences are hungry for more. We need more original ideas that favour strong female characters that aren’t just horror stereotypes.

      Also, totally with you on the male law enforcement thing. In general, those side characters and crowd scenes are decidedly male. Geena Davis recommended gender swapping characters (although I don’t think just changing male characters to female really fixes the problem, but maybe it’s a start) AND that it’s the responsibility of screenwriters to specify in scripts that groups and crowds include equal gender split. The link below is a great read.

      http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/geena-davis-two-easy-steps-664573