Movie Review – Little Deaths (2011)

Little DeathsComposed of three disturbingly sensual and terrifying short narratives, unified by the twin themes of sex and death.

Directors: Sean Hogan, Andrew Parkinson, Simon Rumley
Writers: Andrew Parkinson, Simon Rumley
Stars: Scott Ainslie, Mike Anfield and James Anniballi

Little Deaths brings us three stories that marry sex and horror in a few ways that can be thoughtful as well as a few ways that can be downright disturbing in an anthology of horror. Yes, we have seen this sort of thing and some instances have worked extremely well while other instances not so much.

The first chapter is House and Home, and is directed by Sean Hogan. It is an effective tale of a dysfunctional couple who takes in a homeless girl with innocent intentions, but as we have seen from countless other torture porn films, this type of couple frequently have ulterior motives. Without giving away too much, things are not as they seem by both parties and the twist at the end, while pretty much expected, can somewhat surprise a horror novice.

The second chapter is Andrew Parkinson’s Mutant Tool, which is neither pleasant to watch nor even intriguing or interesting. It seems like a short that was written to shock the audience and not much attention was paid to anything but that possibility of turning the viewers’ stomachs.

The final chapter, Bitch, is brought to us by Simon Rumley of The Living and the Dead and Red White & Blue, both of which has received acclaim by the horror community. While I was looking forward to Bitch, I found myself being overly critical of it and not being able to enjoy it for a few reasons. While the story was somewhat interesting and had a couple of memorable characters, the camera work, at times, was extremely annoying and shaky while moving from one character to the other during a conversation. It was distracting to say the least.

All in all, Little Deaths slowly sucked my interest out of it by the time that Mutant Tool was over, so, while Bitch had more of a chance to please me, I was uninterested by that point. I would love to hear alternate views on this anthology though.