HI-DEATH (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘Terror comes into focus’

Hi-Death is a 2018 American horror anthology feature film and a follow-up to Hi-8 (2013). The Nightfall Pictures production stars Fabiana Formica (Dellamorte Dellamore), Dilynn Fawn Harvey (Final Caller; Clownado; Bonehill Road), Julia Vally, Antwoine Steele and Kate Durocher.

The segment writer/directors are:

  • Anthony Catanese … ‘Death Has A Conscience’ – Teenage Bloodsuckin’ BimbosSodomaniac
  • Amanda Payton … ‘Night Drop’ – The Crawler short
  • Tim Ritter … ‘Dealers of Death’ – Creep; Killing SpreeTruth or Dare? A Critical Madness and sequels; Day of the Reaper
  • Todd Sheets … ‘The Muse’ – Bonehill Road; Dreaming Purple Neon; House of Forbidden Secrets; Zombie Bloodbath; Goblin; et al
  • Brad Sykes … ‘Cold Read’ and  wraparound segment “Terror Tour” – The Pact; GothWitchcraft XII: In the Lair of the Serpent; Death FactoryCamp Blood (1999) and sequels
  • Josephina Sykes … ‘Cold Read’


When two young women take the “Terror Tour” through the underbelly of Hollywood, they are led into a bizarre world of unspeakable horror. Their first stop proves that “Death Has a Conscience”, but doesn’t spare the unlucky souls who stumble into his path.

Next, a meeting with the “Dealers of Death” exposes the perils of collecting murder memorabilia. Then, it’s off to a quick “Night Drop”, where your next movie rental may be your last.

An actress’ worst nightmare unfolds as she is forced to perform a terrifying “Cold Read”, and our Terror Tour comes to a disturbing end as we meet the ancient, seductive evil known as “The Muse”.


“Overall entertaining, the repeated appearance of cheesy acting and cheap practical effects will either be amusing or off-putting. Additionally, the audio in times of distress can become jumbled as there is just too much going on. All these aspects in mind, certain characters are decidedly memorable…” Cryptic Rock

“There’s something to be said for Hi-Death‘s admirable focus on old school make-up effects […} Often, though, it feels as if this ethos and the notion of pushing budgetary boundaries to construct gruesome spectacle has been placed ahead of telling coherent and satisfying stories.” Flickering Myth

“Despite some sound issues, a few slow parts and the odd off-putting visual or performance, Hi-Death is a low-budget anthology that does what it says on the tin. It’s entertaining, charming, bloody, weird and most importantly, fun. Hi-Death is Hi-Quality low-budget horror with plenty to say.” Nerdly

“While I wasn’t a fan of some of these shorts, I feel this is a great watch for anyone who supports independent horror. My least favorite of the bunch is Tim Ritter’s “Dealers of Death” and my favorite is, by far, “The Muse,” helmed by Todd Sheets.” Repulsive Reviews

Hi-Death is one of the better anthologies to come out recently, even it’s “worst” segments are watchable. Unlike many that have at least one story that demands the use use of fast forward. And if you’re nostalgic for some practical splatter and retro storytelling you’ll get plenty of that as well.” Voices from the Balcony

Filming locations:

Hollywood, California
Kansas City, Missouri
Lexington, Kentucky
Trenton, New Jersey


Wild Eye Releasing issued Hi-Death on disc, digital and limited edition VHS on June 10, 2019.

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