David Reviews

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BOARD TO DEATH.

You’ve got to hand it to the humble board game. Despite the competition posed by games consoles, smartphones, and Netflix and chill (other streaming services are available), tabletop games have enjoyed something of a renaissance of late.

Wholesome, good-natured competition for friends and family… it was only a matter of time before someone took it to the dark side. Enter 1stAveMachine’s Baz and ‘Game of Death’.

If your worst game night ends with harsh words between loved ones, count yourself lucky. When these friends sit down to play the eponymous board game, they soon realise their grievous error as the plaything traps them in a kill-or-be-killed scenario. Think Jumanji with a body count.



Baz a.k.a. Laurence Morais brings his blackly comic horror to this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Amidst the carnage, Baz hopes his effort - like the best horror films - will make people think as well as flinch: “We wanted people to reflect on their own lives after seeing our movie.”


We just made the film we wanted… without trying to fit in with all the codes that go along with the genre.

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The film’s violent yet philosophical streak builds on the director’s earlier short film, 'La Chienne'. Equally grisly, the short evokes the trial-and-error nature of survival horror video games Baz’s latest takes the board game’s tangible qualities into disturbing territory.

Unhappy travels.  

As for the gore - and there’s plenty of it - Baz and creative partner Sebastien Landry insist their film injects fresh blood into horror: “We are not gore directors so we just made the film we wanted… without trying to fit in with all the codes that go along with the genre.”

So if you’re looking to replace your tatty old version of Cluedo with something a little more dicey, ‘Game of Death’ may do the trick. Just remember to keep your head.

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