In 2008 a young director by the name of Daniel Stamm introduced a truly shocking little film onto the festival circuit. So controversial was the movie that Stamm was nearly lynched in Kosovo after screening a rough cut of it at a festival there. Eventually the buzz around A Necessary Death led the filmmaker to his biggest gig, The Last Exorcism.
Deemed too odd to market by most distributors, the flick quietly hit DVD via MPI home video last Tuesday and if you haven’t seen it, you should really give it a look as calling it unique is a bit of an understatement. A Necessary Death stars Matthew Tilley and G.J. Echternkamp. Check out the artwork and a trailer below.
Film student Gilbert (GJ Echternkamp) has a novel idea for his final thesis project — find someone who wants to kill themselves and follow them through the final days of their life. Gilbert posts a message on the internet looking for a suitable subject, and after interviewing a handful of people with various reasons for taking their life, he chooses a British expatriate (Matt Tilley) who is slowly dying of an inoperable brain tumor. Assured that his subject will actually commit suicide on film, Gilbert believes he has found the perfect candidate to explore the nature of the act objectively. But as filming goes on, it soon becomes apparent that the creative process is impacting the man’s road towards death, and before long Gilbert and his crew become more involved than they ever wanted to be.
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