Little Death

By Brett Mullins

Original Title: Den lille død

Released: 2011

Written and Directed by Rasmus Frøkjær Justesen

A young woman is brutally slain by a sadistic killer who drains her body into a tub and bathes in the blood.

The slaying occurs via a long and painful suffocation scene. The audience can’t help but squirm in their seats from the sheer discomfort of the struggle that lasts well over a minute. The production was strong with a convincing depiction of the death and its aftermath.

While this film appears to depict an arbitrary killing by an arbitrary murderer, Little Death finds its inspiration from Elizabeth Báthory, a Hungarian noble known as ‘Blood Countess’ who was accused of butchering hundreds of young girls in the early 17th Century. This influence would not have been known if not for the IMDB description, which illustrates a barrier to some audiences. It is comparable to watching a tidbit about Vlad the Impaler without having prior knowledge of the ‘Dracula Mythology.’

Little Death is a gritty, brutal film with an interesting premise; however, that premise is not accessible to all or likely most audiences.

Rating: 4/10

This Film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival. 

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