‘Reap what you sow’
The Price We Pay is a 2022 American horror thriller film about two criminals that take refuge at a remote farmhouse.
Directed by Ryûhei Kitamura (Three Sisters of Tenmasou; The Doorman; Nightmare Cinema; Marble City; Downrange; No One Lives; Baton; The Midnight Meat Train; LoveDeath; Godzilla: Final Wars; Aragami; Azumi; Alive; Sky High; Versus; Down to Hell; Heat After Dark) from a screenplay written by Christopher Jolley.
After an intense holdup at a pawnshop, Grace (Gigi Zumbado) is taken hostage by the thieves. Forced to take refuge at a remote farmhouse late at night, they discover a secret dungeon with evidence of sadistic violence. And when “Grandfather” comes home, all hell breaks loose there. Can Grace muster the courage to escape the gut-wrenching fates that befall her criminal companions?
“Despite some quiet passages (particularly in the middle), the flick clearly benefits from the “energy” that Kitamura was able to “inject” into certain sequences. In the final act, for example, there is a “heavy” argument, mainly fought in the flickering light of an electric cattle prod – before the Texas Chainsaw Massacre track is unabashedly driven at the end…” 6 out of 10, Action Freunde
“It has shades of From Dusk Till Dawn, where it starts as one movie and quickly becomes another. Much like Rodriguez’ effort, it manages the switch seamlessly […] Well-paced, full of action and gore, The Price We Pay will certainly entertain many viewers…” Bloody Flicks
“It’s a breezy genre mishmash that ultimately takes us into Lionel Atwill mad science territory and pays off with a barrage of surgical gore, a spectacular fire extinguisher beheading and a showstopping use of barbed wire. It’s slick, fun and you’d have forgotten it by next Wednesday.” Horror Screams Video Vault
” …it keeps on swinging, offering non-stop eye kicks, excitement and gross-out. No One Lives had a stronger premise and a standout lead performance, which elevated it a lot but this is doggie-bag horror – reheated, it’s satisfying enough if you haven’t got the appetite for more substantial fare. The title suggests something deeper than it delivers.” The Kim Newman Web Site
The Price We Pay premiered at FrightFest and was shown at Sitges, Grimmfest and the Busan Film Festival. In the US, Lionsgate will release The Price We Pay theatrically in select locations and on demand (VOD) on January 13, 2023. In the UK, the movie is released on digital on the 16th October, 2023, courtesy of 101 Films.