DECAY (2015) Reviews and overview

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‘All Jonathan wanted was somebody to love’

Decay is a 2015 American horror film written and directed by Joseph Wartnerchaney. It tells the story of a troubled middle-aged man who falls in love with a corpse.

Main cast:

Rob Zabrecky, Jackie Hoffman, Lisa Howard, Elisha Yaffe, Hannah Barron, Reese Ehlinge, Whitney Hayes, Jason Knauf, Joseph Phillips, J.T. Richardson.



Rob Zabrecky stars as Jonathan, a middle-aged groundskeeper at a local theme park who suffers from a debilitating case of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

One day his daily routine is disrupted by a surprise visitor in his basement: a beautiful young woman who, through a jarring turn of events, ends up dead.


Jonathan panics and chooses not to report the dead girl. Furthermore, Jonathan is happy to have a friend, until the police start closing in, and his mind, and the body of the girl, begin to decay…




“Meticulous and engrossing, Decay is a film that involves some pretty horrific subject matter, but in the end, it perfectly exemplifies in a sometimes gorgeous, sometimes soul-crunching, and sometimes nightmarish manner.” Aint It Cool News

“With strong visuals and fantastically realised characters, Decay rises above its obvious inspirations such as the recent Maniac remake, One Hour Photo, and Psycho, to become its own rare beast: A horror with more heart than most.” Elliott Maguire, UK Horror Scene


Decay cleverly takes a subject that would normally serve as an excuse to deliver trashy clichés and injects some interesting concepts; loneliness being the main theme tackled head-on in a way rarely seen.” Chris Barnes, The Slaughtered Bird


Filming locations:

Mission Viejo neighborhood, Aurora, Denver
Elitch Gardens Theme Park, Denver, Colorado

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