By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by Bradley Scott Sullivan
A group of young people stranded in the woods and the promise of death and chainsaws. This couldn’t sound more like the setup for some generic 1980s slasher flick. It also seems plausible that this setup could produce a Final Destination type supernatural film. Writer/Director Bradley Scott Sullivan defies these cliches and produces a refreshing yet simple indie horror film, I Didn’t Come Here to Die.
When this film began, I didn’t know what to expect. There were the standard character stereotypes: the goody-goodies, the delinquents, and the lovers. They were traveling to a remote location to build a summer camp for underprivileged children (where their cell phones had little to no chance of receiving signal). Once this film gets going, however, it is clear that you are watching something unique.
The acting was superb and, amid the carnage at the campsite, allowed for several comical moments. This built an extra dimension to the film, and, unlike the two cliches mentioned above, it allows the audience to connect with and care about the characters. Moments of ease are ripe with tension resulting from the occasional gory, violent scene.
I Didn’t Come Here to Die does an exceptional job at being clear about what is occurring in the film, an element that seems to have moved away from today’s mainstream horror genre. Ultimately, this attribute is what makes the film successful and a great watch!
This film was awarded Best Feature at the 2011 Buried Alive! Film Festival.