I saw A Horrible Way to Die at the Little Roxy here in San Francisco a handful of months back. I was lucky enough to be at a viewing attended by AJ Bowen. The movie was a refreshing take on one of our favorite genres that I felt played well to the struggles of the addict being boozer or butcher and AJ Bowen in his portrayal of Garrick is this films heart and soul.
In a time fueled with cinematic remake crapfests costing more than enough millions to feed 200 families for 3 years ( not actually numbers just what it feels like ) a film that brings something more to the table is a huge treasure and AJ Bowen is this one’s crowning jewel.
This man is brilliant ya’ll! From his easy and blood covered pace in The Signal to the chilling “are you the baby sitter” in the masterpiece House of the Devil he brings something under the surface to these roles where it stays shimmering just under the surface yet you sense its presence and know exactly what it feels like.
Then there was Hatchet 2 and we find that OH MY GOD!! The man can do comedy too!! I laughed so hard with him in H2. Heck even his tale in Creepshow 3 was the only watchable episode.
When I saw A Horrible Way to Die I took a super critical friend and my dog. My dog slept in my lap and my super critical friend loved the film (thankfully since AJ and his super awesome wife Amanda were sitting right behind us).
AHWTD comes out in a week on DVD go ahead and order it make some pop corn and a enjoy a brand new thoughtful and provoking movie instead of a remake. Sure it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but at least it has brains.
And the rest of you who make films you need to use AJ Bowen way more than you do. It is a shame that such thoughtful talent isn’t in more.