Suspenseful and well performed, Till Death leverages a simple plot and one primary location to make for a thrilling slice of horror. Megan Fox has proven yet again that she has no problem leading a film with the needed dramatic weight.
S.K. Dale‘s Till Death is a skillfully crafted thriller featuring another impressive performance from Megan Fox, an actress that’s really started to stick out in recent years as she continues to choose exciting projects one after another. Till Death is compact and forward-moving, establishing the plot rather quickly and then just diving into its cat-and-mouse game of kill or be killed…..all while Fox is chained to her husband’s dead corpse.
Emma (Megan Fox) and Mark (Eoin Macken) are celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary. Despite such a long length of commitment, both seem unamused by their achievement, with Emma clearly wanting out of the marriage that is slowly starting to feel a bit pressured and controlling.
Something seems especially off with Mark when he surprises Emma with an isolated lake home visit during the frigid cold winter, but she plays along as Mark wines and dines her and promises that things are going to get better. And better must be a very opinionated term, because Emma wakes up to a handcuff around her wrist and soon realizes that Mark has alternate plans for himself (and I guess her) as he blows his head off with a gun.
Now, Emma is chained to Mark’s dead body and must figure out a way to get out as this is just the beginning of her worries.
I will say no more about S.K. Dale‘s latest thriller, written by Jason Carvey. Till Death is one of those high-concept horror flicks that excels at meeting or even sometimes exceeding expectations. It takes such a bizarre, yet simple story and makes for an amusing 90 minutes as Megan Fox frantically drags her dead husband across the house and property in an attempt to cut herself free of not only this situation, but her horrible marriage altogether.
And Fox absolutely rocks it as the troubled wife lost in a wrecked marriage that’s tied to a horrible past. Her character Emma isn’t free from sin, with the opening moments of the film explaining that she’s been having an affair.
This makes it hard to really root for her, until later reveals that somewhat “even” the score between herself and her husband.
But Till Death isn’t just about being faithful to marriage, but instead being in control of your own life and knowing when to get out.
Carvey’s script highlights this throughout as Fox must use her wits and stealth to avoid suspecting killers that are thrown into the mix not too long after she’s covered in her own husband’s brain matter.
I’ll admit that it takes a few minutes for Till Death to get going, but S.K. Dale does a fantastic job framing up the film for something special and at the very least, is a component wielder of the camera, shooting lots of pleasant establishing shots and building up the mood for what is to come shortly after.
What sticks out most about Till Death is Fox’s range as an actor, continuing to choose such interesting projects and having the ability to just knock each role out of the park.
Till Death is thrilling in its reveals and organic in how things unfold, making for a movie that might not be blood-soaked or gore-heavy, but it’s exciting from start to finish, once the premise is established and it ends in a satisfying place that has a few surprises thrown in for good measures.
Till Death could’ve been a corny concept shot with shlock and awe, but instead, S.K. Dale chooses to dig a little deeper and make a film that emotionally resonates and charged with creativity in telling one of the better “revenge” stories as of late.
Megan Fox is dynamite in this one and has yet again solidified a firm spot on my “must watch” actors list as she continues to pump out unique genre films, one after another.
Till Death is available to rent or purchase on-demand and I totally think you should seek it out and digest if you’re into this kind of flick.