Sommerleigh Pollonais – Horror Head Writer
WARNING – Gory and disturbing images ahead. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Animated horror movies are a niche of the genre you don’t really see that often. Which is a shame because the animated style allows the freedom to get really crazy with your storytelling. Dead Space, Dante’s Inferno and Wicked City are all solid animated horror movies. So where does To The Last Death fall within this slowly expanding list? In my humble opinion, this one goes squarely in the win column.
To The Last Death tells the story of a young woman named Miriam who has to take on her sadistic father and save her siblings from various brutal deaths. But things become far more complicated, when an entity called The Gamemaster uses their power to manipulate the events unfolding, and it’s up to Miriam to pull out all the stops and win the game.
Now I’m not gonna lie, when I first saw the type of animation being used here I was a little doubtful it could work. I’m no animation expert so I can’t really name the style, but it reminded me of Archer, where the drawings are moved frame by frame. It makes for a stiffer type of movement, but the ink work and penciling are very well done, so once the story gets going, I was able to push this aside and enjoy myself.
The voice cast is actually made up of some very well-known actors. We have Morena Baccarin (Deadpool/Firefly) as The Gamemaster. Ray Wise (Jeepers Creepers 2/Fresh off the Boat) as the worst father on the planet, Cyrus DeKalp, and William Shatner (Star Wars) as the narrator of this macabre story. The story is also interesting enough to keep you engaged and by the end of it I found myself looking forward to seeing more of this world just to see how crazy things could get.
The horror shown here is some of the goriest I’ve seen in some time and a lot of it plays like an homage to films like Saw or Hostel. Even within the animated world you just can’t help but squirm at the brutality shown. They ain’t holding back on this one folks!
If you’re a fan of animated horror To The Last Death will not let you down. It checks almost all the boxes with solid voice acting, a unique twist on the torture genre, something akin to Saw meets The Twilight Zone, and enough world-building to leave room for some solid sequels, if they ever choose to do them. Very well done.
Oh, by the way. I know Shatner wasn’t in Star Wars. I just wanted to see if you’re paying attention.
Sommer’s Score: 7 out of 10
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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