Kevin & Steve’s Horror Movies: “Death Becomes Her” (1992)

Kevin: Death Becomes Her is the kind of dark comedy that would never be made today. Filled with biting humor about the fears of aging, the film knows exactly how it wants to play its humor without going too over the top. Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn have each taken a potion to live forever. Little do they know, their lives are about to change forever when they..umm….die.

Steve: That’s right, these lovely ladies will live on in their dead bodies. The feud between these two will live on forever, but their beauty will not. This is where they need the mustached Bruce Willis to turn them back into the young and attractive women they once were. However, he is not about to let these crazy chicks run his life.

Kevin: This has always been a favorite of mine. The performances are all pitch perfect and the story knows exactly where it wants to go. Not everything works as the film meanders a bit in the final act but it is the getting there that is the fun. Here’s hoping Scream Factory gets their hands on this film soon. The release on DVD in full frame by Universal is a disgrace. This film won the Academy Award for visual effects and it would be a treat to see it in full HD glory.

Steve: The effects were beyond what I was expecting for this film. They were exceptionally well done and very realistic. Streep spends some time with her head twisted around and Hawn goes through a good chuck of the film with a hole in her stomach. Just thinking of how many takes were needed to get everything perfect for post production makes my head hurt. If you are an effects guru, this is one to watch!