The latest movie from Ryuhei Kitamura is a non-stop slasher that provides bucket loads of blood, guts, entertainment and thrills bringing audiences a horror movie completely deserving of the superb title No One Lives.
It is also Kitamura’s second American movie after the horrendously underrated and overlooked The Midnight Meat Train, his awesome adaptation of a Clive Barker story surprisingly staring Bradley Cooper and Vinnie Jones both of whom are excellent.
His Japanese movies including Versus, Azumi and the brilliantly bonkers Godzilla: Final Wars have always been expertly filmed and stylistically shot containing excessive bloody violence and a great big dose of insanity and all these factors are present in full in No One Lives.
Attempting to offer a few twists and turns to the typical slasher formula for those who don’t want any of the movie spoiled for them please skip this story synopsis in the next paragraph and don’t watch the trailer which reveals way too much.
For anyone that has stayed safe to say the plot involves a criminal gang who abduct the wrong person provoking the wrath of an unnamed and seemingly unstoppable serial killer and let’s leave it at that.
First time writer David Cohen provides a solid script throwing in some truly innovative and interesting ideas especially concerning the warped and weird relationship between Emma played by Silent Hill Revelation’s Adelaide Clemens and the man of mystery played by Luke Evens who completely steals the show with his performance.
The rest of the cast are also excellent including the gang’s level headed leader Hoag played by Lee Tergesen, Maniac’s America Olivo and the evil Flynn perfectly portrayed by Derek Magyar.
Full of terrifying traps, over-the-top torture and scary set pieces Kitamura keeps the story hurtling along at break neck speed once the action begins not letting up till the bitter end bumping off characters left right and center with gleeful gore and reckless abandon.
In many ways akin to Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan’s action packed sequel The Collection No One Lives combines a brutal high body count of superb stalk and kill set pieces with a thoroughly enjoyable and original slant on the genre all the while managing to be intelligent to boot.
Ryuhei Kitamura once again proves himself a master horror director and in Luke Evens he has found a murderous muse and future horror star. Best seen with your blood loving buddies to ramp up the enjoyment No One Lives is perfect modern day slasher that harks back to the entertaining originality of the 80’s.
Even if No One Lives you’ll have an awful lot of fun watching them die!