BITS 2019: Our Review of ‘She Never Died’

Posted in BITS 2019, Festival Coverage, Movies by - November 22, 2019
BITS 2019: Our Review of ‘She Never Died’

I haven’t seen He Never Died, the cult 2015 horror-comedy that gave Henry Rollins his first substantial lead film role, so I can’t speak to how its new “sister sequel” calls back or expands the mythology of the original. But as a standalone film with a new set of characters, She Never Died is so deathly dull and bland that it doesn’t inspire me to want to find out.

Lacey (Olunike Adeliyi) is the titular death creature/person/whatever in this one, a ferocious homeless woman who is cursed with immortality and some sort of cannibalistic condition. Unable to control her urges, she at least tries to seek out morally corrupt people to kill and eat. When she gets caught between a human trafficking ring and a dubious cop (Peter MacNeill) out to get them, she ends up finding and saving the life of an imprisoned girl named Suzzie (Kiana Madeira), who immediately wants to tag along with her badass new savior as she exacts bloody revenge on the perpetrators.

And yet none of this raises a pulse at all, with original writer Jason Krawczyk constantly throwing so much stilted exposition at us that it just goes in one ear and out the other. Director Audrey Cummings (Berkshire County) tries to liven things up with the requisite action and gore but the bland North Bay, Ontario setting and lack of visual or narrative ingenuity makes any momentary thrills feel that much more pointless.

As the central figure, Adeliyi certainly affects a menacing zombie-like look, but her catatonic performance doesn’t reveal much complexity beneath. Nobody else fares any better, with MacNeill’s cop actually having expository dialogue while his character is alone, less a defined character quirk than cinematic laziness.

For a film about someone who can’t die, it’s shockingly lifeless.

  • Release Date: 11/22/2019
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After his childhood dream of playing for the Mighty Ducks fell through, Mark turned his focus to the glitz and glamour of the movies. He's covered the extensive Toronto film scene for online outlets and is a filmmaker himself, currently putting the final touches on a low-budget (okay, no-budget) short film to be released in the near future. You can also find him behind the counter as product manager of Toronto's venerable film institution, Bay Street Video.
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