Horror is a far reaching genre that encapsulates much more than a person would initially think. Comedy, science fiction, drama, true crime, romance, slashers, giallo, and exploitation are just the tip of the iceberg. Few other types of movies have as many sub categories to offer to their fans. A person can find a scary movie for whatever mood they are in. Unless it is animation.
Surprisingly, there is not that many animated horror films. The two seem like they were meant to be together. Even when looking at the lowest level of art – the common doodle done out of complete boredom – the picture tends to depict something grotesque or violent. Yet, for whatever reason, there just are not that many animated horror films.
To Your Last Death is a 2019 animated horror movie about a young woman who is the sole survivor of a brutal attack. After a visit from a mysterious woman, Miram DeKalb is given the chance to relive her last night. The twist is, she now has the knowledge of what is about to happen. The question becomes what will she do with this opportunity?
It is refreshing to see an animated horror movie. The animation in To Your Last Death has the look of a graphic novel or animated comic book. It was a great decision to go this route. The colors are vivid and the movements take on a more sinister look. There is also great emotion in the characters – though fear, fatigue, and anger are seen more than anything else.
As great as it may look, an animated film will not work if the voice acting is not up to par. Thankfully, the cast of To Your Last Death do a great job. Ray Wise and William Shatner do the expected great jobs. Dani Lennon holds her own as Miram. Her character is resourceful and strong, but still has a vulnerability that comes through. Lennon does an excellent job of providing layers to her character.
The good and bad thing about horror movies is they can get away without much of a story. Fans of the genre tend to be a little more forgiving and in many cases a ridiculous story will be loved. In a way, there is a lowered expectation. As nice as it is to have the cushion, To Your Last Death does not need it. The story may be a familiar one, but it changes it up just enough to be intriguing. That being said, the premise of the plot will include some repetition.
To Your Last Death is the rare animated horror movie. Thanks to its distinctive look, it will stand out immediately. The voice acting and fun story make it an enjoyable watch for every horror fan. The film may be a little much for some – it is definitely geared for adults and includes graphic gore and nudity – but it is a great piece of entertainment. Even those who do not normally watch the genre will be impressed.
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