Is this a film that doesn't take itself all that seriously? It sure feels like it, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Something can be said about a movie that just wants to let go and have a good time - because in the end? It usually means you will as well. "Life's A Bitch And Then One Kills You" is one such film. A movie that relishes in it's ridiculousness, and is all about having a great time. I can't say for sure if the cast had a blast creating this one - but it sure feels like it. Either way, I know I did and that's all that really matters.
Alan Wood's film revolves around a witch preparing to do her witch-y things in order to stay alive, stay young and appease her dark lord. Oh, and save humanity. There is that to add to the mix. The ritual is interrupted when her co-workers randomly stop in to celebrate her birthday. They buffoon around a little - maybe a lot - end up finding her intended alpha male victim and essentially... all hell breaks out. Sort of. This film features a slow, but fun lead-up and eventually it all comes down to belief - and what people will do to not only fit in and remain liked - but remain PC and maybe save humanity. Nothing wrong with saving humanity right? That is... assuming Anna is telling the truth. She's the witch by the way. I mean? C'mon. A modern witch movie that also happens to be a comedy? What's not to like?
Alan Wood's film is not run of the mill. It's not a gore fest, or a jump scare-athon or anything like that. There is blood, but for the most part, just cosmetic blood. There also happens to be zombie effects of sorts. But nothing some cocoa butter won't fix. Jokes aside, there's nothing with the actual production I can really complain about, save a few audio glitches where the lines were a little garbled. But, this film is not quite done post production - so that will probably change.
With that said, there's nothing really complex here. Tried and true cinematography and a film that takes place in one location. Smart move for a flick without a massive budget - allowing what they did have to be spent fine tuning the film itself. I'm a little surprised I liked this one as much as I did, considering it all takes place in an apartment. But the wacky nature of the movie lent itself well to the location, and the cast made sure I enjoyed myself. What really got me was the effort put into the movies climax. The makeup effects were great, and all the slow building - comical tension was let out of the bag at the right time. Pun intended.
When it's all said and done? "Life's A Bitch And Then One Kills You" was simply put... fun. A little slower than some would like, but for those who like bathroom and fart jokes... you'll love this picture! In the vein of the Evil Dead movies, Alan Wood and his troupe delivers a solidly entertaining film. A film that for me, completely earned it's four start and reminded me of one thing after the heads hit the floor... I need more classic movie nights.