Warning: trailer is both bloody and spoilerific:
In 2015 punk poet/legend Henry Rollins starred as an immortal flesh-eater trying to keep a low profile. A long-lost daughter and some local gangsters spoil his plans.
Title: He Never Died
Written and directed by Jason Krawczyk
Henry Rollins as Jack
Kate Greenhouse as Cara
Jordan Todosey as Andrea
Booboo Stewart as Jeremy
Steven Ogg as Alex
James Cade as Short
Michael Cram as Tim
Dan Petronijevic as Steve
Walter Alza as Derrick
Scott Edgecombe as Bartender
Available from Amazon (and at Amazon Instant Video).
An immortal man tries to keep a low profile and keep his flesh-and-bloodlust in check. Then some criminals kidnap the daughter he never knew he had.
Henry Rollins as a world weary, dysfunctional immortal is inspired casting.
Jack’s adversaries really have very little chance against him. Yes, people connected to him are in real danger, and he must battle his worst demons. There remains the problem, however, of a certain sapping of tension when your protagonist is indestructible and his opponents are doomed.
Originality: 2/6 We’ve encountered metahuman narrtives about indestructible immortals before. In fact, we’ve read and seen more than a few about some of the specific immortals Jack claims to have been. The film most closely resembles certain vampire subgenres, though Jack craves flesh as well as blood. He Never Died does, however, bring its own twists to several genres.
Effects: 4/6 The film features some basic (but well-done) practical effects, and some very odd audio effects.
Acting: 5/6 Rollins is often hilarious as the deadpan and literal-minded monster/action hero. The supporting cast turn in strong performances. Kate Greenhouse remains plausibly bewildered as she gets drawn into Jack’s world, while recent Degrassi alumnus Jordan Todosey gets some mileage from lines like “Vaginas are like coupon books for alcohol.”
Story: 4/6 The story is somewhat predictable, and could have done more with these characters. However, if the description of the film sounds like something you’d like, then I can almost guarantee you won’t feel your time was wasted.
Emotional Response: 5/6 The film proves at turns both disturbing and funny without veering too far into either over-the-top bloodfest or outright parody.
In total, He Never Died receives 30/42