Death of Me

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Decently creepy vacation-from-hell horror tale.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie offers a good opportunity to talk about cultural appropriation. What does that mean? The movie takes elements from Thailand to tell its Western story: Does it do so in an exploitive way, or is it respectful?

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models here. Many characters are OK with sacrificing human lives for community gain. Other characters are victims, and others, while still likable, behave selfishly. The Western characters show some hallmarks of the "ugly American" cliche (i.e. being demanding, obnoxious, entitled, etc.).

Violence

A man chokes a woman to death; her neck snaps. Bruises on woman's neck. Vomiting dirt and grass. A character slices his own stomach with a knife and pulls out his intestines. Another character stabs herself. Gun is shown, and a character is shot in head. Lots of blood. Creepy, scary stuff. Main character punches a thief. Injecting black stuff into eye. People shown with eyes and mouths sewn shut; a woman's eyes are shown being sewn shut. Car crash; character thrown through windshield.

Sex

Sex scene shows a man thrusting behind a woman; graphic tone, but no explicit nudity. Kissing. Character wears sexy underwear. A man ogles a woman in bar. A woman's shorts are torn off of her.

Language

Strong language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "motherf----r," and "bastard."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

During a night of drinking, adult characters drink an unknown beverage that causes them to black out and do things against their will. Characters with hangovers. Social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Death of Me is a horror movie about a vacationing couple (Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth) who wake up unable to remember the previous night. A video on the man's camera shows shocking, violent events -- but did they really happen? Scenes include a man strangling a woman (her neck snaps), a man slicing his stomach and pulling out his intestines, and characters getting stabbed, shot in the head, and thrown through a car windshield -- all accompanied by lots of blood. Creepy, scary images include seeing women with their eyes and mouths sewn shut. There's kissing and a sex scene that feels pretty graphic even though there's no explicit nudity. A woman wears sexy underwear, and a man ogles a woman at a bar. Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," and more. Characters get very drunk and drink a mysterious beverage that makes them black out and behave strangely. Despite a few hiccups here and there, this is a pretty lean, solid, creepy movie for mature teens and adults.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bysaidItoyou October 3, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written bypillowduck May 7, 2021

Creepy ritualistic island deathtrap

This movie was okay in the creep factor, but was occasionally uninteresting and confusing. The effects are cool and the terror is real, but overall I was a bit... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DEATH OF ME, Christine (Maggie Q) and her husband, Neil (Luke Hemsworth), wake up in their rented room on an island near Thailand, with no idea of what happened the night before. Their room is trashed, and there's mud everywhere. Neil checks his camera for clues and finds a disturbing video. It shows the couple getting a special local drink in a bar, and then, later, Neil having sex with Christine, strangling her, and burying her. Now, stranded without their passports and with a typhoon approaching, they must trust each other and follow whatever slender leads they can find to find out what happened -- and what might still be happening.

Is it any good?

This sturdy, tense thriller may not always be totally smart or original, but it's neatly structured, keeping viewers off-kilter and creeped out, stealing toward a surprisingly effective climax. The characters in Death of Me could be criticized for splitting up when they probably shouldn't have or for not keeping a better eye on their luggage, but, as bizarre as their situation is, the movie seems to capture some genuine emotion and follows a certain logic. Best of all, it avoids a dumb "twist" ending in favor of something more organic.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman relies on very strong local set design and on creepy little touches like a bundle of fish dropped on a doorstep or a table-full of people all looking up and smiling at the same time. Some may find Death of Me guilty of cultural appropriation, but you could also argue that its mix of local culture and characters who are both appealing and quick to demonstrate "ugly American" tendencies (they're sometimes demanding or entitled) makes the issue more complex than that. In truth, as a vacation-from-hell movie, this one is no Midsommar, but its lean storytelling and surefire chills make it a decent guilty pleasure.

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