He Never Died

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He Never Died
He Never Died POSTER.jpg
Directed by Jason Krawczyk
Produced by Zach Hagen
Adrienne Stern
Written by Jason Krawczyk
Starring Henry Rollins
Booboo Stewart
Steven Ogg
Jordan Todosey
Kate Greenhouse
Music by James Mark Stewart
Cinematography Eric Billman
Edited by James Bredin
Production
companies
108 Media
Alternate Ending Studios
Release date
  • December 18, 2015 (2015-12-18) (SXSW)
  • March 18, 2016 (2016-03-18)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Canada
Language English

He Never Died is a 2015 Canadian/American comedic horror film that was written and directed by Jason Krawczyk. It had its world premiere on 17 March 2015 at South by Southwest and stars Henry Rollins as an immortal, cannibalistic loner who has withdrawn from society to protect both himself and others.[1][2] A miniseries continuation of the film is currently in development.[3][4]

Filming for He Never Died began in November 2013 in Toronto and concluded in December of the same year.[2][5] The film was released on various video on demand platforms as well as on DVD and became available worldwide on Netflix on March 18th, 2016.[6]

Synopsis[edit]

Jack (Henry Rollins) has developed a routine for his life that he sticks to in order to avoid giving into the impulse to engage in cannibalism. He stays away from society other than regular trips to a local diner, bingo games, and to the hospital, where he purchases blood from a hospital intern, Jeremy (Booboo Stewart). After returning from one trip, Jack is confronted by mobsters Steve and Short, who are looking for Jeremy.

Jack's routine is further interrupted by a phone call from his ex-girlfriend, Gillian, who asks him to find their daughter, Andrea (Jordan Todosey), who tried to contact him earlier that day. Unhappy, Jack agrees to locate Andrea, but stresses that he wants no further contact with Gillian. He finds Andrea and takes her with him to the diner he frequents, where she meets Cara (Kate Greenhouse), a waitress with a crush on Jack. While Jack slowly bonds with Andrea he sees visions of an old man with a goatee, wearing a porkpie hat, and also manages to foil Steve and Short's attempt to kidnap Jeremy. Jack is surprised when he discovers that Andrea can also see the man, as previously only Jack could see him.

Out for vengeance, Short and Steve try to murder Jack, only for Jack to kill Short by tearing out his throat with his bare hands and eating it. Afraid that he'll do the same to Andrea, Jack forces her to leave the apartment. Shortly afterwards Jack kills and eats an obnoxious neighbor. Later, he goes out and tries to pick fights with various people, who turn out to be nice. Eventually, he comes across three young men spoiling for a fight, culminating in him killing one or more of them. Jack ultimately receives a phone call from the mobsters, who inform him that they have killed Gillian and kidnapped Andrea and will kill her if he does not surrender. Jack tries to confront Alex (Steven Ogg), a local crime boss, and the man he believes is responsible, only for Alex to deny that he had anything to do with the kidnapping.

Upset, Jack goes to the diner, where he bribes Cara into helping him save Andrea by offering her a million dollars. She discovers that Jack is actually the Biblical figure Cay'in (Cain), doomed to live as a seeming immortal cannibal, perhaps for killing Haq'bal (whom the Hebrew Bible identifies as his brother, Abel). Jack ultimately discovers the reason why the mobsters were after Jeremy: he had borrowed a large sum of money to pay off his student loans, without repaying it. He also learns of Andrea's whereabouts and goes to rescue her. Alex reveals that he kidnapped Andrea as revenge for Jack killing Alex's father, a mobster Jack once worked for. Just as Jack is about to murder Alex, the man with the goatee arrives, prompting Jack to angrily confront him over his punishment for murdering Abel. Jack demands to know why the man won't let Jack die, with the implication that the old man is either Death, or Satan because God is referred to as She during Jack's confrontation with the man. Jack ends up choosing to spare Alex in favor of helping Andrea seek medical attention. Before leaving with Cara and Andrea, Jack promises Alex that one day he will see the goateed man. After they have left, the goateed man appears to the very injured Alex, greeting him with a resonant otherworldly-sounding voice.

Cast[edit]

Miniseries[edit]

In October 2014 it was announced that 108 Media were shopping the rights for a miniseries version of He Never Died, which would further expand the film's story and history of the central character Jack.[4] Director Krawczyk is set to return as the director for the miniseries and Rollins is attached to return to portray his character Jack.[4]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception for He Never Died has been mostly positive.[7] Film School Rejects and Dread Central both wrote positive reviews for the film,[8] and Film School Rejects wrote that it was "laugh out loud funny thanks almost exclusively to Rollins’ delivery and reaction shots, but the acts of violence and character details are just as entertaining."[9] We Got This Covered was more mixed in their review, which stated that "He Never Died is a genre movie that refuses to let itself be defined, but the film's guessing game grows tiresome as the questions only continue to mount."[10]

Soundtrack[edit]

  • He's Got The Whole World In His Hands by Charlie Kim
  • (If) You Want Trouble by Nick Waterhouse
  • Hate In My Heart by Inger Lorre & the chiefs of infinity
  • Quiet Man by Judy Klass Band (demo song) recently cut by Mary Resek
  • Melancholy Man by The Moody Blues
  • Sellout by Sri
  • I'm Gonna Count My Sheep by Missouri Jazz Band (uncredited song during Bingo scene)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lattanzio, Ryan. "SXSW First Look: Henry Rollins Is a Cannibal in 'He Never Died' (Exclusive Poster)". Indiewire. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Ayers, Mike. "Henry Rollins Wraps First Lead Film Role". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Woods, Kevin. "Cannibal tale He Never Died, starring Henry Rollins, gets miniseries spinoff". JoBlo. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Punter, Jennie. "Henry Rollins to Star in Comedy-Horror Miniseries 'He Never Died' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Martin, Peter. "HE NEVER DIED: Henry Rollins As Blood-Lusty Loner". Twitch Film. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "He Never Died on uNoGS". unogs.com. 
  7. ^ Gingold, Michael. ""HE NEVER DIED" (SXSW Movie Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Tinnin, Drew. "He Never Died (2015)". Dread Central. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Hunter, Rob. "SXSW 2015: He Never Died is a Bloody, Hilarious and Smart Slice of Supernatural Noir". Film School Rejects. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Donato, Matt. "He Never Died Review [SXSW 2015]". We Got This Covered. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 

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