Director: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer
Alternate Titles: N/A
Genre: Science Fiction; Body-Horror
After checking on her confused brother, a woman arrives in his apartment to look in on him only to find a series of his dead bodies lying around the apartment and a strange opening in the wall which allows him to be reborn every time he dies, forcing them to keep it from others.
This was a pretty solid and enjoyable effort. One of the strongest aspects here is the rather entertaining nature of exploiting the silly premise without going over-the-top into the ridiculous. Featuring a much more calculated and controlled manner to the idea of him coming back from the hole in the wall each time he kills himself, there’s a lot to like with how this goes about introducing the concept of discovering that’s what’s going on as well as the eventual need for how to press on with their plan of disposing of the bodies lying around which need to be taken care. With the strange portal in the bedroom allowing for the dead to be reborn in the area all over again which is thankfully never brought up or explored in detail and just accepted. Combined with the nice gore and breezy running time, this one has some enjoyable elements.
There are some problems with this one. The main issue is the bland and utterly dragged-out pacing that relies on uninteresting storylines to carry itself out. The whole thing about his mental problems just seems to grind the film to a half and inject far too realistic a tone for what is essentially a black comedy about discovering yourself in various parts of the apartment dead the entire time. The conversations are important but they’re placed at such spots in the film where it loses the energy and momentum brought about by trying to get the concept going and it’s distressing to get that taken away here. As well, that holds back the real out-and-out horror of the premise for long periods making for it not to come across as such at all despite the premise which can turn some off immensely. Otherwise, there isn’t much else to this one.
Despite the intriguing premise and some fantastic concepts at play, the vast majority of this one being quite bland or off-topic of its idea will be quite off-putting for most here. Give it a try if you’re interested in the premise or willing to go along with the flaws while viewers turned off by those negatives or aren’t invested in the setup should heed caution.