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Don't Kill Me

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Horror movie has graphic violence, suicide, drugs.

Movie NR 2022 90 minutes
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This is so-so horror aimed at teens. Here an innocent young woman lured to her untimely death by a reckless bad boy reemerges as one of a breed of vampire-zombie who stalk the world after violent deaths. The closest Don't Kill Me gets to anything groundbreaking in the vampire-zombie horror story is the introduction of the "Overdead," the aforementioned half-human/half-monsters seeking revenge and sustenance after violent deaths, but even that feels like it's been done before. It's goth-emo in celluloid form, with lots of death-obsession, angst, grimy nightclubs of EDM and dark clothing, peer pressure, parents who just don't understand, and, of course, the bad-boy rebel whose devil-may-care exterior masks a sensitive soul. It would be PG-13 if the violence wasn't so gory and excessive.

It's more style than substance, and the style isn't enough to carry the action. Dark colors, dark souls, contemporary dance music, and Kurt Cobain-style sunglasses only go so far. The story itself is a combination of different teen vampire/zombie movies that have worked in recent years, with some sort of creepy cult shrouded in the kind of mystery one can only get from anything mysterious hailing from the vicinity of the Vatican City for the past few centuries. And yet, the acting isn't bad, and there's something to the direction and production values. Unfortunately, we've seen this all before, and the only thing separating this movie from others is that it's in the Dolomites in Italy instead of the Hollywood Hills.

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