Two stories unfold in an idyllic Southern town. A series of gruesome murders occur, committed by a caped figure accompanied by a diabolical young girl (Alice Lewis). At the same time, an injured war veteran (Joe Sykes) returns to attend college, and becomes emotionally attached to a social worker (Rachel Frawley), the daughter of a State Supreme Court Justice (Lynn Lowry). As their relationship intensifies, connections between the victims and the veteran emerge, and Margaret realizes she may have the power to both rescue Jonathan and halt the rising tide of death. Inspired by Thomas De Quincey’s novella The Avenger, Those Who Deserve to Die is an elegy to heroism and justice in a time of CGI superheroes and political hopelessness.
Bret Wood is known for twisting the genres in which he works, finding fresh substance in the vampire film (The Unwanted), documentary (Hell’s Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films), erotic film (Psychopathia Sexualis), and stage adaptation (The Little Death). Likewise, Those Who Deserve To Die revisits the revenge film and clouds it with moral ambiguity and is injected with the same visual beauty and haunting tone that characterize Wood’s other work. He is also the writer/director of the scripted podcasts The Control Group and The Seventh Daughter.
Set to street on August 18, the Blu-ray (SRP: $29.95) and DVD (SRP: $19.95) both come packed with bonus features including deleted scenes, “Malice of Alice: a Mother/Daughter Portrait” featuring star Alice Lewis, a promotional video, theatrical trailers, and Bret Wood’s 2007 short film Security.
Those Who Deserve to Die will also be available digitally on KinoNow.com beginning August 18.