Megan Fox doing any movie that’s horror or thriller adjacent is always minor cause for celebration, especially since Jennifer’s Body remains my favorite film of her career. Till Death places Megan firmly in the strong heroine category, as her character, Emma, must fight for survival amongst a rather sticky situation.
After exchanging anniversary gifts over dinner despite agreeing they are both “not doing gifts,” Emma and Mark (Eoin Mackenzies) head for an unknown destination. Mark makes sure Emma doesn’t know where they’re going despite her pleas that “being blindfolded for over an hour isn’t exactly my idea of fun.” The surprise comes in the form of a remote cabin that’s been specially prepared for the couple. Things take a sinister turn when Mark handcuffs his hand to Emma’s, then shoots himself in the head.
Now in the middle of nowhere with nothing but the snow, a wedding dress, her husband’s rotting corpse handcuffed to her, and the vast expanse of the remote property, Emma discovers that Mark’s surprise was really an elaborate effort to entrap her. No tools in the house, no transportation, a Saw-like “play me” tape, and the seclusion of the setting further solidifies the fact that Mark didn’t want Emma walking away from this. Two hitmen show up to finish the job, and to make sure Emma doesn’t get away so easily.
I have to assume the filmmakers were inspired by Stephen King’s novel, Gerald’s Game, which follows a woman desperate to escape after her husband dies while making love to her as she’s handcuffed to the bed. Though Till Death doesn’t confine itself to one room, we are pretty much solely focused on the property itself. Emma dragging Mark’s body all over the place occasionally acts as comic relief, but it surprised me the amount of tension director S.K. Dale is able to wring from the relatively straightforward premise.
Emma herself, as played by Megan Fox, will stop at nothing to get out from under Mark’s possessive thumb. When Emma’s gift of Super Bowl tickets causes Mark to turn the cold shoulder after the opening, he just abandons the tickets on the table. This goes to show that while Emma is sympathetic and thankful, Mark is materialistic and narcissistic. He gets her elaborate custom-made jewels, but it’s an empty gesture. He ultimately just wants to lure her to the cabin for his perverse endgame.
The final act is very intense, and the most fun as we watch Emma go to bat against her attackers. I wouldn’t call the premise or plot structure overtly original, yet I still loved following Emma’s plight. Like a blend of 2020’s The Invisible Man with 2017’s Gerald’s Game, Till Death will satisfy Megan Fox’s horde of fans, and genre lovers alike.
Till Death handcuffs itself to you on July 2nd, via limited theatrical and VOD releasee from Screen Media.