Grimmfest Review: Every Time I Die

Whilst traditionally, visions of horror cinema have revolved around monsters (whether human or not), the supernatural and the occult, there’s nothing more terrifying that what goes on inside our heads. Psychological thrillers and mental imbalance, whilst tricky subjects to marry, open up an almost infinite range of possibilities. None more so than for introspection and asking questions around identity and self-awareness. Every Time I Die delves into some of these themes.

Jay (Marc Menchaca) is concerned about Sam’s (Drew Fonteiro) health. His colleague looks stressed of late. This is because he’s having an affair with Mia (Melissa Macedo), who happens to be the sister of Jay’s spouse (Michelle Macedo). When invited to join the group, including the husband (Tyler Dash White) of his obsession, at a remote lake-house, Sam can’t refuse. This decision may prove fatal but will also rekindle lost memories.

Every Time I Die explores a number of issues around memory and identity to create a fascinating mystery wrapped inside a tense thriller. Robi Michael’s film takes its time to settle but once it does it rapidly picks up pace. There’s a strong central focus driving the story forward and we’re continually wrong-footed by clever direction. Every Time I Die is a superior indie riddle and a strikingly singular film.

Every Time I Die screened at Grimmfest.

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