‘To Your Last Death’ Review: Dir. Jason Axinn [Frightfest 2019]
To Your Last Death is one of the more distinctive films screening at this year’s Frightfest, for two reasons. Firstly, it’s the only animation screening at the festival. Secondly, it features one of the starriest casts with Ray Wise, Bill Moseley, Morena Baccarin and none other than William Shatner lending their vocals to the piece. It’s an impressive range of people considering the film is a small indie feature.
The film itself is a tale of greed, mistrust, and murder within the Dekalb family, all narrated by the velvet vocal chords of Shatner. Cyrus Dekalb is a titan of industry who has become estranged from his family. Knowing he needs to announce a successor, he summons his four children to his multi-story complex. That’s not all Cyrus has planned, however, as he sets a murderous plan into action. One of his children, Miriam (Dani Lenon) escapes and encounters a strange woman (Morena Baccarin) who offers to send Miriam back in time to try and change the outcome. Can Miriam convince her estranged siblings of their father’s nefarious plans, or will history repeat itself?
Don’t let the film being an animation fool you, there is plenty of gore on display. The ‘traps’ that Cyrus has laid out for his offspring are just as deviously nasty as anything that John Kramer cooked up in the Saw franchise. One trap in particular that requires one character to cut themselves and bleed a certain amount of blood, is almost straight out of the Kramer playbook.