The Horror Honeys: Honey Switch Month: He Never Died… Thank God for That!

Honey Switch Month: He Never Died… Thank God for That!

A Honey Switch Month Review with Slasher Honey Bella

He Never Died (2015)


There are certain things about my personality that lead to truths that just seem almost too obvious. One of those truths is that I fucking love Henry Rollins. And, really, you should too. I’ve been a fan of this Rollins’ wordsmithing since I was a brand new, bitchy teenager watching him scream at me through the television during late night viewings of “Liar” on MTV. Yeah, when MTV had music. Of course I back-peddled and gorged on Black Flag, but that is neither here nor there. What is here is my added love of Rollins in the way of his acting chops. 

You wouldn't like him when he's angry...
Bit parts seemed to be Rollins’ MO and, while I waited with baited breath for a leading role, I wondered what it could be that would really suit the gravity that he seems to bring to his characters. Well, lo’ and behold: He Never Died. My day came to a screeching halt when I saw the trailer and I needed to get it in my eye holes IMMEDIATELY. Alas, I had to wait. And I did. Impatiently. 

He Never Died is but a brief glimpse into the life of Jack; a strange, tacit loner who appears to have some social hang-ups, depression, a healthy love for diner food, and a fun meter that taps out at BINGO. Jack also harbors some kind of secret thirst, or hunger, that is only quelched by brown paper bag wrapped packages purchased from a less-than-on-the-up-and-up nurse. Vampire? Cannibal? Crazy? WHO KNOWS!

I bet it hurt when he fell from heaven. Heh. Heh. Heh.
What we do know is that Jack doesn’t deviate from his routine and hardly notices those that seem to interfere with it - until the disruption turns out to be his daughter. Complete with a host of missteps on the part of some unknowing thugs that lead to disconnected violence and bloodletting that we all know and love, He Never Died dives into a series of events that just seem to be more of a bother to Jack than anything else. I don’t want to give too much away; I really think this movie calls for feeling out the scenes yourself. 

Rollins’ manages to take a character that is so completely self-absorbed and make him really quite enjoyable. He emotes at the speed of the internet and while his dialogue is abrupt and to-the-point, there is so much charisma interjected into Jack that you can’t help but want more of him. As you learn about Jack through snippets of conversation that seem almost dismissive - he was in the bible if that means anything - you completely forget that you’re dealing with someone that … was in the fucking bible.

He never died, but someone else sure did.
If He Never Died wasn’t written specifically with Rollins in mind, you could have fooled me. And what is so perfect about how fitting it is for him is that it’s not really that fitting at all. Jack is a hard-boiled mess that simultaneously deflects and deals with violence as though he’s just bored. Rollins - while quite an imposing figure - is far from violent in real life, making his characterization of Jack even more enjoyable. I love the juxtaposition of these things.

Anyway, as the movie moseys forward, and this movie does just seem to move at its own pace, you find yourself empathizing with Jack’s boredom with his duty and more interested in the character that is Jack. Even the strange cannibalism plot point feels less interesting compared to who and what Jack is and why the hell he didn’t die.

I'd play BINGO with him.
Clearly, he didn’t die so that they could carry on and make a TV series out of his story. Which is the whispers in the ether, anyway. I’ll watch it.

Slasher Honey Rating: 4 corners, BINGO!

He Never Died is available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Google Play, & DVD

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