A Horrible Way To Die
Directed by Adam Wingard | USA / JAPAN | 2010
Embark on a trip into a quiet, paranoid world where ugly things happen behind closed doors and down desolate country roads. Garrick has escaped from prison and is on the run. His ordinary looks and casual demeanor mask his menacing true nature—that of an unassuming serial killer who can’t control his compulsion to kill. Disguising his appearance and driving along interstates under the cover of night, he leaves a trail of corpses as he makes his way across the country. Meanwhile, Sarah spends her days working as a dental hygienist and her evenings in AA meetings. She slowly opens up to the support group and makes a tentative romantic connection with fellow member Kevin. Awkward in their newfound sobriety, they bump and fumble in their courtship until Sarah gradually gains the confidence to reveal a dark secret from her wounded past—a secret that, unbeknownst to her, is about to resurface. Director Adam Wingard triumphs in placing the dramatic narrative ahead of genre conventions. Still, the frenetic tension is palpable as it builds to a boiling point and the characters’ secrets are gradually revealed.