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A Deeper Look into “To Your Last Death”

I wanted to find out more about the inspiration for the plot and how it came to be. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to talk to Tanya C. Klein about this. She worked on the writing for “To Your Last Death.”

The Inspiration Behind To Your Last Death

Overview

I recently wrote an article about the upcoming animated movie, To Your Last Death. This is a horror film crafted with a mesh of hand-drawn and 2D digital animation techniques. Additionally, it’s helmed by a talented production crew, with Jason Axinn as the director. Jim Cirile and Tanya C. Klein, of Coverage Ink Films, serve as the main writers for it. Furthermore, the movie features an excellent voice cast, including William Shatner of Star Trek fame.

The plot of To Your Last Death is quite an interesting one as well. It begins with a woman named Miriam Dekalb, emerging as the lone survivor of a twisted revenge game run by her own father. Shortly after this, she receives an offer from a supernatural entity, known as the Gamemaster, to rewind time and have another chance at saving her siblings. Miriam accepts the deal, and consequently, she must relive her worst day all over again.

 

The Inspiration

When I first heard about this film, the story immediately grabbed my attention. I found it to be very intriguing, especially with the aspects of time-bending and filicide. These themes aren’t too common in the film industry, but I love it when movies take risks and have their own unique elements. In addition, I wanted to find out more about the inspiration for the plot and how it came to be. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to talk to Tanya C. Klein about this. She worked on the writing for To Your Last Death, and according to the Coverage Ink Films site, Klein also took part in the award winning movie, Liberator.

 

I asked Klein about the story of To Your Last Death, and what the thought behind it was. She disclosed that the inspiration behind it was, “essentially putting the usual tropes on its head. A very persistent horror movie cliche is the one where at the end of the movie ‘final girl’ works her way out of the wreckage after a night of terror all bloodied and banged-up and having had to witness all of those she was with die.” Furthermore, she went on to say, “We figured why not start with that? Final Girl works her way out of the wreckage after a night of terror…and then we send her back to do it all again.”

 

It was great talking with Klein, and I liked what she had to say. I find the idea of a repeating day concept, akin to Groundhog Day, to be interesting. As the viewer, you know Miriam has experienced awful situations since she starts as the only survivor. But, I enjoy that she has a chance to go back and change things. There’s so much potential there, and I can’t wait to see what the production team does with it. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of To Your Last Death.

Sources:

Official To Your Last Death Website- https://toyourlastdeath.com

 

Coverage Ink Films Site- https://coverageinkfilms.com

 

Links:

Official Facebook Page- https://m.facebook.com/ToYourLastDeath/

 

Official Twitter Page- https://mobile.twitter.com/ToYourLastDeath

 

Pictures:

All pictures were obtained from the official To Your Last Death Facebook page, and they were used with permission.

Haley Scully
Contributing Writer
Haley is an introvert and all around nerd who loves anime, video games, collecting figures, horror, and of course, writing. She also has an undying love for animals, with four mischievous kitties of her own.
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