Sun, Dec 01 | 9:00 PM

SHE NEVER DIED

Director- Audrey Cummings Thriller, horror, supernatural 90min runtime
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Time & Location

Dec 01, 2019, 9:00 PM
9:00 PM, NEW PEOPLE CINEMA 1746 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

About The Event

_________________________TRAILER---> SHE NEVER DIED

Written By Alice Field

Alice has been writing for Ready Steady Cut since November 2017. They cover a wide variety, including genre festivals, and especially appreciates wit and representation on screen.

She Never Died (Grimmfest 2019) Review: Pulp Fiction About Immortals, Of CourseNevertheless, She Persisted

I didn’t know what to expect from a “gender-switching sequel” to Jason Krawczyk’s He Never Died, but I am pleased to declare that She Never Died is not simply a retelling of the same story with genders reversed. It features Lacey (Oluniké Adeliyi), a similar “immortal” to Henry Rollins’ Jack, in a story all of her own, but in a world they both share: it shows us that Jack’s world and his story are bigger than just him.

Lacey’s story is not one of estranged offspring, but film noir-style renegade cops vs. underworld, with equally film noir-style dry humour and half-empty diner. Like Jack in He Never Died, Lacey doesn’t strictly like having to eat people, and so directs that habit to, you know, bad guys, Dexter-style. What happens in the early part of this film is almost inevitable then: she captures the interest of both a police detective and a grateful young woman who had been through a lot at the hands of someone she kills. Therein lies the story, and it’s a simple one yet entertaining.

Adeliyi is an excellent choice for this role, turning Lacey into a majestic yet humble character who could have been right at home in American Gods, where I first saw her. Like Rollins’ Jack, she is “socially awkward” (is that a euphemism for autistic, or just voluntarily sheltered?) and keeps to herself a lot of the time; but we get to see a lot more of what happens when her instincts are aroused than we did Jack’s.

Of the other main characters, there are essentially two baddies and two goodies; though these are very much shades of dark grey, rather than clear black and white, in proper pulp fiction tradition. The baddies are super-bad, though (into trafficking and snuff), a brother-and-sister pair like in Rampage. The lighter-grey two are a little more well-rounded: Peter MacNeill plays Godfrey, the detective who shares a common target with Lacey on her vigilante days; and Kiana Madeira plays Suzzie, who Lacey frees, and who helps Lacey in return. They have little choice but to accept Lacey’s nature – after a little questioning, of course – and neither has much to lose in doing so.

Jason Krawczyk, who wrote and directed He Never Died, wrote this new film; and thus there is a continuity of style to some degree between the two films. His is – as far as I can tell – the only name in common between the two, so it’s actually pretty impressive how well this works as a follow-up in the same world. The production is a little more polished, and Cummings’ direction brings the characters and the writing to life with style.

She Never Died can be enjoyed perfectly well in its own right, or as a “sister sequel” to the earlier film. And just as John Wick 2 showed us, a mythos can be broader than it first seems. I can’t help wondering if there might be a film called They Never Died sometime in the near future.

Directed by 

Audrey Cummings

Writing Credits(in alphabetical order)

Jason Krawczyk

Cast(in credits order)

Olunike Adeliyi...Lacey 

Peter MacNeill...Godfrey 

Kiana Madeira...Suzzie 

Michelle Nolden...Meredith 

Noah Dalton Danby...Terrance (as Noah Danby)

Edsson Morales...Jerry 

Katie Messina...Janice

 Murray Furrow...Vaughn 

Lawrence Gowan...Man in the Hat 

Nick Stojanovic...Driver Dan Rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Daina Barbeau...Trafficked Girl 

Rowan Hildebrand...Bill 

Steve Kasan...Tom 

Douglas Kidd...Doorman (as Doug Miller)

Kevin Louis...Victim 

Bill MacDonald...Homeless Joe

 Dax Ravina...Paul Hoover 

Chloe Rose...Sandra 

Nicholas Stead...Leonard 

Bradley Trudeau...Stamp 

Produced by 

Audrey Cummings...executive producerZach Hagen...producerLarry Howard...executive producerLieann Koivukoski...line producerJason Krawczyk...executive producerBill Marks...producerPaul McGowan...executive producerJennifer Mesich...producerDavid Miller...executive producerDan Peel...co-producer

Music by 

Jim McGrath

Cinematography by 

Ian Macmillan

Film Editing by 

Michael P. Mason

Production Design by 

Jim Peacock

Art Direction by 

Balint Kertesz

Makeup Department 

Dann Campbell...hair department headSheilagh McGrory...Prosthetic Makeup Artist / makeup department headAshley Nay...key hair stylistVanessa Smith...assistant makeup artist

Production Management 

Andrea Novoa...production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Alice Kim...second assistant directorDavid Ralph...first assistant director

Art Department 

Kyle Hodges...assistant property master

Sound Department 

Ryan Birnberg...sound effects editorBryson Cassidy...adr supervisor / dialogue editorKeith Elliott...re-recording mixerShaun Gratto...ADR recordistAlexis Hoxar...sound mixerRudy Michael...re-recording mixerEhren Pfeifer...adr recordist

Special Effects by 

James Sled...special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by 

Andrew Roshka...visual effects

Stunts 

Sharon Canovas...stunt performerRuth Chiang...stunt riggerDajon Durant...stunt double: Oluniké AdeliyiJames Eddy...stunt performerIvett Gonda...stunt double: Michelle NoldenDillon Jagersky...stunt performerNick Stead...stunt performerWayne Wells...fight choreographer / fight coordinator / stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department 

Lee Cochran...Data Management TechnicianAdam Cummerford...b-cam first assistant cameraTyler Lee...second acPiotr Skowronski...camera operatorMathieu Taillefer...first assistant camera

Casting Department 

Larissa Mair...original castingShawn Hennessey Nadeau...casting assistant

Editorial Department 

Oren Edenson...dailies supervisor

Location Management 

Mathew Keigher...assistant location managerGeorgia Villeneuve...location manager

Other crew 

Amanda MacDonald...production accountantTami Scott...script supervisor 

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Oct 25, 2017 at 9:00pm - 10:30pm PDT

New People, 1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA

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Ted Geoghegan 2017, USA, 91 mins

The War of 1812 has revived violent hostilities between the British and their erstwhile American colonial subjects. The powerful Mohawk nation of the New York region is divided as to whom they should stand by, and so they maintain a position of neutrality. They want no part in the killing – but the killing is coming to them. An impulsive attack on an American encampment has drawn the vengeful attentions of a ragged band of American military renegades, led by the vicious, racist Hezekiah Holt. Oak, Calvin, and their British lover Joshua flee into the woods so familiar to them, but the murderous musketeers on their trail will not be deterred. Not without the spilling of blood.