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Caddish rich-heir-from-Daddy husband, sexy wife (yum, great kisser) and her lover, his best friend. Wife and lover off the cad with blowfish-poison. Only he doesn't die, he is paralyzed like dead but still sees and hears everything but can't move a muscle ("Living Death"). He wakes up on the autopsy table and goes on a revengefest.
A medieval torture stretching rack features twice in this horror-genre flick. Daddy had a hobby, a fully equipped attic medieval dungeon that hubby, and implicitly his wife, use for fun and games. The movie starts with yon cad entertaining a lady friend up there with some erotic moderate stretching on a large angled rack (severe unpadded heavy iron manacles, ouch). Things go awry when his wife surprises them. Startled, he leans too hard on the lever and damages the rackee.
One gets an impression of the rack's dismembering strength but pictures of the mechanism are unpersuasive, just closeups of gears meshing and chains and ropes tightening. The rack figures again at the end of the movie in the vengeancefest, this time as a torture and execution means. No erotic BDSM this time, but pain and dismemberment. The scene suggests the horror of the real thing beyond erotica when it was used for torture and punishment, much less execution.
Anyway, I've seen worse horror-genre flicks. If you're a rack aficionado it's worth a look.
Surprisingly, a great deal less stupid than I figured it would be, with really good acting for a straight-to-video release and a plot that, while not terribly accurate in some of its particulars, was at least halfway original and more than halfway interesting.
Elizabeth (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Kristy Swanson) and Victor (Saw V's Greg Bryk) Harris are unhappily married. Victor is a sadistic, infantile playboy, and Elizabeth is just kind of waiting around until he finally manages to kill himself and she inherits his vast estate. She also happens to be romantically involved with Roman (Lars and the Real Girl's Joshua Peace), Victor's best friend and lawyer. The two come up with a plan to get rid of Victor without anyone knowing, but the poison they end up using simply puts Victor into a coma, able to see, hear, and feel everything that's going on around him, but unable to telegraph to the outside world that this is the case. (Fans of The Serpent and the Rainbow or the books of Wade Davis know exactly what's going on here.)
Yeah, it's your basic thriller, but with a few fun twists thrown in and some really engaging, if repugnant, characters. Compared to a lot of low budget horror/thrillers I've seen in January, Living Death is Oscar material. (It's not, of course. Everything's relative.) But even looked at more empirically, it's fun, it's watchable, it's perfect for a rainy night when you've got nothing better to do. ***
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Original, well done, it was not corny, it was not a dumb slash & hash, story was thought provoking, had several twists and turns, & the movie outcome was not evident within the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lisa M. Hansel
Just ok, some implausible events take place takes away from the movie.Published 16 months ago by Sherlock21
Victor Harris (Greg Bryk, looking eerily like a kid I knew from childhood) is a serial killer waiting to happen. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Binky Chottorrhœhia
Terrible acting. Bad effects. Deceptive advertising for the DVD. This movie is a big waste in more than one way.Published 23 months ago by eric albert
It's a b movie at best. The acting is eh. The cover is misleading as it really doesn't involve maiming people too much. The story line has holes in it. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by LEE