Dying God (2008) – By Emily Intravia

Green Apple Entertainment presents Dying God, a grisly horror film by Fabrice Lambot set in an unnamed, crime-ridden city where prostitutes are being hunted by an ancient unworldly monster. Corrupt police officer Sean Fallon (James Horan) investigates the case, pausing to coordinate his own dirty projects (including arms trading and hooker visits) while trying to figure out who–or what–is raping women to death on his streets.

As you might guess from the synopsis, Dying God is not aiming to be a beacon of high class. The film’s protagonist is introduced in a glut of stereotypical ‘bad cop’ mannerisms, from popping a handful of pills in his mouth to later snorting cocaine off the rear of prostitutes during a threesome. He’s also emotionally and physically abusive to his girlfriend (the always likable Erin Brown), making it awfully hard for the audience to ever get on his side. Horan gives his all to the performance, never shying away from making Fallon what he is and using his gruff voice to strong effect. Unfortunately, there’s simply nothing to like about our lead.

There’s also the matter of plot, which Dying God seems to make more complicated at every turn. The central story should be the beastly rapist-murderer, but thrown into the mix are warring crime bosses, illegal weapon sales and other unlucky ladies of the night. As a result, we lose track of the main menace, making the actual largeness of its crimes seem barely memorable by the time it faces our antihero.

Dying God boasts some decent practical effects, with fine gory carnage by Gonzalo Pasos. Shot on digital video, it occasionally shows its budgetary restrictions, something not helped by the mixed quality of performances. A few name actors (including Lance Henrikson as a wheelchair bound baddie) raise the level of their scenes, while some of the supporting roles come off as stilted. On the plus side, the film’s ending features some strong action scenes that help to add some adrenaline just when we need it.

As a throwback to the early ’80s underground of sleazy exploitation horror, Dying God certainly has its merits. Fans of meaner-spirited sci-fi horror might find the film’s aggressive attitude refreshing, especially amongst the glut of slicker remakes and neutered mainstream releases. Dying God is now available for purchase or rental through any major DVD retailer.