DEATH OF ME is a new supernatural horror movie starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth. It’s a classic, creepy horror story that works really well in many ways. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Read our full Death of Me movie review here!

DEATH OF ME is a new horror movie by Darren Lynn Bousman. It stars Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth as a married couple who become involved in a supernatural event that is completely out of their control.

Overall, I really enjoyed the premise of this movie and the performances. I expect many horror fans will enjoy the plot since it has so much of what makes a creepy story work. Very simply put, the couple experience a blackout only to watch a video recording where one of them is killed by the other.

Watching something like that should mess you both up. Especially since you’re both alive now to watch it. Yeah, it’s a real mindf*ck… and it’s just the beginning!

Continue reading our Death of Me movie review below.

A truly great cast

Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth star as husband and wife in Death of Me and it works perfectly. They have great chemistry and their relationship seems real and grounded, which helps the entire story work. I’ve always liked both actors and this is definitely another great example of why.

For the record, yes, Luke Hemsworth is the brother of Chris Hemsworth. However, you should know him from his role in the hit series Westworld or maybe the 2015 sci-fi horror movie Infini. Maggie Q played the title role in the TV series Nikita from 2010-2013 and was in the Divergent trilogy.

Alongside Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth, we have a true indie darling with Alex Essoe. Whenever she’s in a movie, it immediately becomes one we just have to watch. You should know her from her Starry Eyes (2014) which is brilliant or, more recently, Midnighters (2017).

Even if you haven’t watched either of those, you should definitely also know her from Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep now. She did a great job portraying Wendy Torrance in exactly the same way as Shelley Duvall has done in The Shining.

Honestly, Alex Essoe isn’t the star of Death of Me. In fact, she’s grossly underused in the movie, but I was still happy to see her in it. Fortunately, we’ll see her again soon. Since Mike Flanagan directed Doctor Sleep, it should come as no surprise that she’ll be in The Haunting of Bly Manor and his upcoming Netflix series Midnight Mass.

Death of Me (2020) Horror Review

Check out Death of Me if you enjoy creepy stories!

Darren Lynn Bousman directed Death of Me and this is the first horror movie in years, from him, that really worked for me. Several of his recent movies where always just shy of really working for me, but this one does. That also means I have higher hopes for Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) now since he’s directed it!

Recommended for you: Check out the trailer for the next movie in the Saw franchise here >

Actually, Darren Lynn Bousman directed Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV. He’s obviously the right choice to continue the Saw franchise if done right. After these movies, he also did 11-11-11 (2011), The Barrens (2013), and Abattoir (2016) which all have IMDb ratings under 5. Not impressive!

Most recently, he directed St. Agatha (2018) which wasn’t a great movie but did have an amazing villain with Carolyn Hennesy as Mother Superior. Read our review of St. Agatha here >

We would have given Death of Me a solid 3½ out of 5, but we don’t officially give out half stars. However, we still wanted to mention it. If the story had been a bit tighter in the second half, then it could have sneaked its way into a higher rating.

Death of Me is out in theaters, on digital and on-demand from October 2, 2020.

Details

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Writers: Ari Margolis, James Morley III, David Tish
Stars: Maggie Q, Luke Hemsworth, Alex Essoe

Plot

Vacationing on an island off the coast of Thailand, Christine (Maggie Q) and Neil Oliver (Luke Hemsworth) awake hungover and with no memory of the previous night. They find footage on Neil’s camera, and watch, horrified, as Neil appears to murder Christine. With twenty-four hours until the next ferry and a typhoon threatening the island, Christine and Neil attempt to reconstruct the night’s events — and are snared in a web of mystery, black magic, and murder.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
Karina "ScreamQueen" Adelgaard