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Living Death (2006)

Kristy Swanson , Greg Bryk , Erin Berry  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kristy Swanson, Greg Bryk, Joshua Peace, Kelsey Matheson, Neil Foster
  • Directors: Erin Berry
  • Writers: Erin Berry, Christopher Warre Smets, Leo Scherman
  • Producers: Gary Howsam, Harvey Glazer, Jeff Wilson, Jonathan Dueck, Kate Harrison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Peace Arch
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ICL3MO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,150 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Living Death" on IMDb

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Victor is a young and powerful millionaire who discovers his beautiful wife Elizabeth (Kristy Swanson) is having an affair with his best friend, Roman. In an attempt to get rid of Victor forever, Roman and Elizabeth use a deadly poison to kill him. But when the poison only paralyzes Victor, he awakens to find he’s in a morgue. As the poison wears off, Victor’s anger and rage sends him on a quest to seek revenge on his wife and her lover.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Box February 7, 2007
They did a great job with the dvd case. They promise a really sexy and sick horror film. What you get is a rehashed plot you've seen a hundred times, nothing sexy. Even Kristy Swanson is wasted in the film because she is obviously pregnant the entire time. Yes there are 5 murders, but aside from the rack sequence, most are common fare. I would skip this one.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I've seen worse... January 17, 2007
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I watched this last night. It's not as bad as I might have thought. It actually has a somewhat interesting plot. The sound quality stinks though, turn it up high enough to hear the dialogue and the "music" (such as it is) is overwhelmingly loud and blasts you away.
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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plot taken from Buried Alive December 20, 2006
By T. Hale
First of all they took the plot directly from Buried Alive so if you want to see a much better version may I suggust Buried Alive or Buried Alive II. Second, I still will never understand why someone INSISTS on making a movie (I can understand sitcoms & soaps but NOT movies)when one of the main characters is pregnant and they try to cover it up all during the movie. Sure, they eventually worked it in but only after you spend the whole movie watching the beautiful Kristy Swanson in a completely seductive role walking around in the same dress all during the movie in this obvious bloated state.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rack 'Em Up! February 15, 2009
Well, most of the reviews here do a good job of sumarizing this movie but it deserves a little higher rating than it's being given here. This has a dark sardonic tone that makes it kind of an enjoyable but weird horror movie. Not the torture porn garbage the DVD cover would imply, it's a traditional thing more along the lines of some modernized americanized version of some weird lost Itailian horror flick from the 70's. The highlight and SPOILER ALERT HERE is the end. We finally perhaps for the first time in movie history get to see a person pulled apart on a medieval rack. Didn't you really always want to actually see that? I mean the dude's arms and legs come popping off. In a quasi-realistic way that is still somewhat enough reminicent of Hershell type gore to just crack a person up. I am not the herbal enhancing type of dude, but those that pack sticky buds in their bongs will find this something that could be filed as stoner worthy horror ...a midnight movie that never was. Engagingly stupid and weirdly funny, it would be recomended to buy, but Cinemax and other channels constantly show it uncut. Worth checking out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry...Avoid this movie December 28, 2008
First of all, I love Kristy Swanson. Normally she's sexy and easy to watch. In this movie, she is everything but. She is definitely pregnant throughout the making of this movie. Perhaps it would have been better if they had waited until after the baby. The plot is a rehash of old story lines from drive-in thrillers of old. I agree the best is the box cover. Beyond that, nothing to recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Living Death June 30, 2010
Kristy Swanson stars as the wife of a sadistic millionaire who plots to kill her husband with the help of the family lawyer. Their attempt to poison him fails, and he awakens in the morgue with his mind set on revenge. LIVING DEATH sells itself on being just another Torture Porn entry in a long line of HOSTEL imitators, but it plays out like any other average revenge thriller where money is always the motive. The torture devices laid out in the opening act are not revisited until the final scene, although there are scattered kills throughout the remainder of the run time that offer a decent amount of bloodshed. What really takes away from the film is the uneven tone, where the otherwise serious plot is broken up by unnecessary bits of slapstick in the morgue. LIVING DEATH may not break any new ground, but one can do much worse when it comes to the murder for money theme.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kristy Swanson returns to horror. March 30, 2009
Living Death (Erin Berry, 2006)

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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