If you are married, there’s a good chance you are familiar with the intense stress that comes from planning a wedding. The tension usually weighs more heavily on the bride, which is a key element to director Nicholas Humphries’ recent release, DEATH DO US PART. In this film, bride-to-be Kennedy is whisked away with her fiancee and some friends to a cabin for a weekend stag party. But the party’s over pretty quickly, and the body count racks up fast. This fun and entertaining slasher will keep you guessing, right up to the very end.
If you are not familiar with DEATH DO US PART, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:
Kennedy Jamieson, a wealthy socialite, has waited her whole life to have the perfect wedding. Engaged to the charming Ryan Harris, the young couple is just a week away from the big day but hasn’t had a chance to celebrate their respective bachelor/bachelorette parties. Ryan’s best man Chet books a remote cabin in the woods to throw them a ‘Jack and Jill’ stag that they’ll never forget. Out in the middle of nowhere, things take a horrifying turn as members of the group are brutally picked off one by one. What started out as a celebration quickly descends into a bloody nightmare. Friendships are ripped apart and accusations fly in this blood filled psychological horror with a whodunit twist.
I am happily surprised by this film. I hadn’t heard of it prior to seeing the press release, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The director’s resume is hefty on short films, however this is his first full-length feature. But I’m glad to report Humphries does an excellent job with this debut. The movie is made well for the most part and delivers on several levels.
DEATH DO US PART is shot well and appears to have a high production value. The acting is superb with Peter Benson and Julia Benson (who are married in real life) heading up a great cast. Peter and Julia play off of each other with amazing ease, probably due in part to their real life relationship. The rest of the cast does a great job as well, although I have to particularly single out Emilie Ullerup. I have been a fan of her work since 2008 when I first saw her in the Syfy Channel show SANCTUARY, and she certainly does not disappoint here, either. I hope to see more of her in the future.
The story is a lot of fun, and I especially like how the intrigue hangs in the air for the duration of the film. The characters have to deal with the killings, but they also have to figure out who is behind them. Is it the creepy caretaker? Is it someone in their own group? The paranoia is high, which keeps the audience guessing and makes this film a thrill-ride of epic proportions. I have to applaud the script writers for the ending, as well…I can honestly say I did not see it coming.
Although DEATH DO US PART is very entertaining, I do have two minor complaints that I must voice. First, there is drastic lack of continuity in the opening shots regarding the vehicle in which the group is traveling. The truck is a light shade, like white or tan, and at various times, it is so splattered with mud that you barely see the paint; but in the next scene, it’s been through a car wash and no mud is visible. But then we transition again and see the mud is back. This is a small thing to mention, but it really stands out since the vehicle is a light color.
Second, the special effects were a little on the weak side. At one point, a character gets a couple of fingers chopped off. This person turns to look at the stump of hand, which should be awesome…but a flashlight beam catches the hand and the light goes through the rubber, illuminating the hand like a Halloween pumpkin. This obviously looks very fake, although again, it is a minor point.
Still, DEATH DO US PART is a load of fun, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good slasher or even thriller. There’s a lot to be thankful for here, and I can’t wait to see what director Humphries does in the future. This film is available now.