The Deaths of Ian Stone (2007)
Reviewed on 2007 November 26
This was one of the most clever plots I’ve seen in a horror movie. The acting and pacing were also wonderful.
Ian Stone (Mike Vogel) is a young, otherwise normal guy who has a real problem: He keeps dying — horribly — and finding himself plopped in the middle of a new life, each time, with only threads of his previous incarnation to guide him. (I feel funny revealing that much, but the title is a clue that poor Ian doesn’t get a peaceful life, and I have to write something.) He understandably feels like he’s going insane, and wonders who wants to keep killing him. More than anything he just wants the cycle to stop already, and it doesn’t. He gets his first clue when someone tries to help him, but he looks even crazier than Ian feels. Can anyone help him?
And what drives this is, you find yourself wanting to help poor Ian as this thing progresses. Director Dario Piana and writer Brendan Hood made a nice, dark movie that's a blend of horror and suspense. The special effects were also very good. Overall, of the 6 “After Dark” pictures I saw, this and Mulberry Street were the best.
Three chocolate morsels.