31 Days Of Horror: “Don’t Kill It”

 

 
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Up to this point, Mike Mendez has had quite the illustrious career, directing Tromaesque B-movies. Big Ass Spider! and Lavantula are a pair of fine examples of How Mendez’s films blend schlock and self-awareness to create something with a lot of fun and just enough self-restrain. Mendez’s new film “Don’t Kill It”, now available on Netflix streaming, may be his best work to date.

How do you defeat a demon that is driven by destruction, and passes into the body of whoever kills its previous host? Roughneck demon hunter Jebediah Woodley (Dolph Lundgren) knows how. All he needs to do is convince Agent Evelyn Pierce (Kristina Klebe) and the rest of the local law enforcement, that he isn’t insane and that the reason for their small town’s string of murders is a supernatural agent of evil. By the time they accept the truth of his story, the demon is on a full blown rampage. If the townsfolk want to live through the week, they’ll have to work with Woodley to vanquish the ancient evil once and for all.

There is a lot to like about “Don’t Kill It”. First of all, Lundgren looks like he is having a blast. Sure some of the dialogue is downright silly, but he delivers every line like he is having the time of his life. Klebe is decent as Agent Pierce. She is a very capable actress, but she isn’t given a lot to work with for the first half of the movie which is too bad. The demon is a fun antagonist, although it is very reminiscent of the demon from “Fallen” and its loud screeching, that it does before it kills its victims, gets a little annoying after a while.

Now that I really think about it, I would’ve probably only given “Don’t Kill It” a 4 or 5 out of 10 if it hadn’t been for Lundgren’s awesomeness and a ten minute scene in the middle of the movie that was one of the bloodiest, most fun scenes I have watched in a long time. With that said, though, it is definitely worth a watch. Just don’t take it too seriously.


MikeD

 


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