19th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 25 - May 1, 2022

9th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 24-28, 2021

A Horrible Way To Die

USA, 2010 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2011
Special Guest!
In Cinema Globe Cinema:
Fri, Apr 15 9:00 PM


Garrick Turrell (AJ Bowen; The House Of The Devil, Hatchet 2) is an addict. He murders and mutilates people. His ex-girlfriend, Sarah Morton (Amy Seimetz; Bitter Feast, Wristcutters), is also an addict who is only now coming to terms with the fact that for years she drank herself into a stupor to avoid asking what her boyfriend was actually up to when he left the house. Sarah has relocated and is trying to start a new life for herself, when she meets a nice young man, Kevin (Joe Swanberg; Nights And Weekends, Lol) at an AA meeting. Sarah’s life seems to finally be getting back on track. Garrick escapes from prison and starts his hunt to find his ex-girlfriend, leading to a violent confrontation in which the true motivation for Garrick’s obsessive search is finally revealed.

Award-winning director Adam Wingard (Pop Skull) plays with narrative chronology, sound design and visual aesthetics to slowly unveil the details of Sarah and Garrick’s past relationship, in this dark and deeply engaging suspense thriller.


Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Fantastic Fest 2010
Sitges Festival of Fantastic Film 2010
Philly Film Fest 2010
Hawaii International Film Festival 2010
Leeds International Film Festival 2010

press for A Horrible Way To Die

"A crafty and calmly mysterious little road thriller that earns big points for simplicity, intensity, and plain old good acting."
- Fearnet
"A Horrible Way To Die both embraces and subverts what you think you know about serial killer stories."
- Twitchfilm

screened with a short film


Canada, 2011, 12 min, 35mm, Director: Cavan Campbell (www.hangnailmovie.com)

Filmed entirely in a single shot, a lovers’ argument reveals a secret that could either save or break them.


Narrative / Crime

85 Minutes

special guest

Director Cavan Campbell, with his short film Hangnail, will be in attendance!


Adam Wingard

Simon Barrett

Travis Stevens, Simon Barrett, Kim Sherman

AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Brandon Carroll




Best Actor: Fantastic Fest 2010
Best Actress: Fantastic Fest 2010
Best Screenplay: Fantastic Fest 2010