Movie Review: Lifechanger (2018)

November 24, 2018

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Emily Roberts (Elitsa Bako) wakes up one morning next to her withered husk of a corpse. How can this be? Well, it seems ol’ E-Dawg isn’t herself at all, but rather a shape-shifter named Drew (voiced by genre stalwart Bill Oberst Jr.)   who can transform into anyone he murders for six hours before he begins to rot and must take on another form. As you can imagine, our hero will do anything to keep his secret even resorting to non-bodymorphing homicide if the sitch dictates. Soon a new wrinkle presents itself; Drew begins carrying over injuries from one body to the next…and all of the above will make his task of setting things right with an old flame that knew him as someone else damn near impossible!
As you can imagine; Lifechanger is one hell of a unique motion picture. Part thriller, part body horror, part psychological drama…this flick takes all of those disparate elements and concocts a ghoulish goulash the like of which horror hounds have ever experienced before! Lead by the stable hand of Writer/Director Justin McConnell, Lifechanger is a masterpiece of mounting tension, featuring engaging, highly flawed characters, wonderful use of color to mirror the characters moods (kudos to Cinematographer Sasha Moric), a pulsing score that isn’t afraid to become ethereal and downright eerie when it’s called for, and some truly impressive practical visual effects and make-ups. Also of note is the pitch perfect narration from the aforementioned Oberst Jr. that puts us directly in the mind of the fascinating creature that stalks the streets with his murderous and lovelorn ways!
On the flip-flop, the deliberate pacing of this slow burn masterpiece may not be to the tastes of some of you thrill-a-minute junkies out there; but as for your’s cruelly, I was riveted from beginning to end.
Not many more wicked words your’s cruelly can put down about Lifechanger; this is one that’s sure to please lovers of The Twilight Zone as well as the oeuvre of Cronenberg in equal measure…get your putrid peepers on this one as soon as you can!


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