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Film review: Why Don’t You Just Die!

Seeing red: Aleksandr Kuznetsov and Vitaliy Khaev in Why Don’t You Just Die!


Why Don’t You Just Die!

(18) ★★★★☆

COMEDY and horror are proving hugely popular genres at the moment, allowing corona-crisis catharsis via screams or giggles. This outrageous new pitch-black Russian splatter fest delivers a combo of both by the sloshing bucket-load.

Shot almost as if under lockdown, Why Don’t You Just Die! is set almost entirely inside a corrupt cop’s Moscow apartment. A visitor arrives at the door. It is twentysomething Matvey (rising Russian star Aleksandr Kuznetsov) who has popped round, with a hammer, intending to kill his girlfriend’s father, Andrei (Vitaliy Khaev). Andrei, however, as the title suggests, proves an unexpectedly tough cookie to crack.

Offering wall-to-wall gore and super-stylised visuals, this bloody chamber piece is not for the squeamish, even if Matvey’s girlfriend (Evgeniya Kregzhde), a cute brunette with a winsome pixie cut, gives it the air of an ultraviolent Amélie. More Looney Tunes than video nasty, if you like taut, low-budget genre debuts like Bound, it’s definitely one to try.

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