If you could kill anyone and get away with it, who would you kill? No one? What about someone in your neighborhood? Still nobody? Okay, what if the situation were to kill or be killed? You probably have a different answer now.
Cameron Macgowan’s Red Letter Day puts this kill or be killed twist on the seemingly pleasant life in suburbia in this survival thriller. Want to know more? Here’s the skinny:
While adjusting to a new life in a quiet suburban community, a recently divorced mother (Dawn Van de Schoot), and her two teens receive mysterious red letters instructing them each to kill or be killed. As the bloodshed begins, they find themselves in a race against time to protect the ones they love from the people they thought they knew.
This film grabs your attention from the first scene even before the title card. It slowed down a bit to set up the main characters, but it worked because it makes the viewer invested in what happens to them. The pacing felt just right and throughout the rest of the film there was a balance of action and dialogue. I liked that the film did not just focus on the fate of the main characters and there were different reactions to the letters interspersed throughout the film.
There were times when the film reminded me of The Purge; in that first film the concept of the event was more interesting than the wealthy family that the film followed and I found that the sequels were better. In Red Letter Day I was invested in the Edwards family and liked following them throughout the day, but I still wanted to see more of what was happening to the others in town. Maybe Cameron Macgowan could fulfill my wishes in a sequel.
Red Letter Day will be in select theaters November first. If you can’t make that day, it will be available on demand and on Blu-Ray November fifth.