TO YOUR LAST DEATH is a 2D animated horror film which has hand-drawn hard fighting graphics that grab your attention from the start. The film is narrated by Star Trek legend William Shatner and features the voices of Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, Firefly, Gotham), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Robocop) and Bill Moseley (3 from Hell, House of 1000 Corpses).
The story of bloody violence and interstellar plot twists has a social justice activist Miriam DeKalb (voiced by Dani Lennon) who is the only survivor of a deadly family murder plot by her billionaire father. However, a mysterious woman only known as the Gamester (Morena Baccarin) welcomes Miriam the chance to go back in time and change the outcome. She becomes a pawn in a strange game of chess and now she must relive the night all over again but with foreknowledge to hopefully give her a chance to change everything.
With elements of Saw and Happy Death Day 2 You, the 2D animation gives it a twist for the horror genre. TO YOUR LAST DEATH was written by Jim Cirile and Tanya Klein of Coverage Ink Films and Jason Axinn is responsible for this unique comic book like style film.
With the previous title of Malevolent, it started as an Indigogo campaign that helped stir up the funding. It smashed their fundraising goal with 114% raising over $60,000 as being sold as the first animated horror film.
The cast is pretty stellar with notable icons such as Shatner and Wise and with the animation, this film seems to get away with more violence than you could with a live-action film at some points.
The Saw elements played out here are fairly decent, however, there is not much attention played to who this Gamester is and who the interstellar beings are playing this horror game of chess and could have been explored more. I found that plot to be interesting and I wanted to know more about where they came from and what made them play these evil games. However, with many curves in the plot it still keeps you interested till the end.
With a runtime of just over 90 minutes, it’s a film genre-twist with some great animation that will have any horror or comic book fan happy.