For a film with a budget of $100,000 and being as independent as it can get, the recently added to Redbox, Bradley Scott Sullivan written and directed effort,"I Didn't Come Here To Die" was one hell of a fun horror ride.
Originally set with a 2010 release date, the campy horror most certainly has influential aspects from horror classics like "Evil Dead," "Final Destination" mixed with a sprinkle of Freddy Krueger at one point. The effects were never over the top or too much, in fact they were all just right and in proper taste for each of the kills or chilling sequences, the same applies to anything computer generated as well.
The highlight, of course being the chainsaw kill, which was the most realistic I have seen so far this year, surpassing any of the kills in the John Luessenhop flop, "Texas Chainsaw 3D" that I most recently reviewed.
"I Didn't Come Here To Die" containted the ideal blend of the generic cast of characters plus storyline, humor, gore and murder, while not dragging out anything longer than they should have, which is a web most independent filmmakers get trapped in, especially with their debut effort. But not here! Aside from the annoying acting from one, "Niko Red Star" who played Chris and the forced emotions from the entire cast throughout, " I Didn't Come Here To Die" was a definite winner in my book. I applaud everyone involved for raising the bar for low budget and independent films to a higher level. Now hopefully others will step up.
As far fetched as the ending seemed, I fell in love with it, especially right before the credits rolled and I know you will too. So if you are a horror fan and love to see how far some indie production teams can stretch a dollar, take a shot with "I Didn't Come Here To Die," now at the convenience of your nearest Redbox kiosk.