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Little Deaths

Buckle up. Things are about to get messy.

Rod Lott December 7th, 2011

The term "little death" serves as a euphemism for "orgasm," so it makes sense that the British horror anthology "Little Deaths" explores the inexorable link between sex and death.


If such a thought makes you even the slightest bit uncomfortable, I can't emphasize this enough: This movie is not for you. Its intent is to disturb, and succeeds.

This sort of thing's been done before, in virtually every episode of "The Hunger" TV series. But, hell, I love that show, so I was cool with the idea of "Little Deaths" from the start, and was not disappointed.

With each piece undertaken by an indie director, the trilogy of tales begins with the most conventional (comparatively) of the lot, Sean Hogan's "House & Home." It shows what happens when a well-to-do couple lure a homeless woman to their abode under the guise of goodwill, yet have other plans in store. Said other plans are pretty vile (heard, not shown, thankfully), and while their comeuppance was a foregone conclusion, the twist has an added edge I did not expect.

Andrew Parkinson's "Mutant Tool" is the most sci-fi-oriented among the bunch, as a "recovering" drug addict/prostitute is given some experimental medication that has her psychically linked to a ... a ... well, you'll just have to see it for yourself, because you wouldn't believe me.

The best is saved for last with Simon Rumley ("Red White & Blue") unleashing "Bitch." Nothing will prepare you properly for the kind of kinky games that fuel the strange relationship of two young lovers, and as with the previous segments, it's difficult to say anything more without ruining it.

When you have no more than 30 minutes to tell a story, the stakes tend to get higher. Clearly, that's the case here, and kudos to Rumley for not holding back, and to his brave actors Kate Braithwaite and Tom Sawyer for matching his commitment.

Because of that conviction, you won't soon forget it. Even if you try. —Rod Lott

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