A Necessary Death
A Necessary Death (2008)

A young director's first feature becomes a literal matter of life and death in this independent drama. Gilbert (Gilbert John Echternkamp) is a film student who has come up with a novel idea for his final thesis project -- he wants to… More

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DVD Release Date: May 28, 2012
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Brian Tallerico

These are daring, challenging themes for a young filmmaker and Stamm proves to be adept at playing with ideas that scare away writer/directors with twice as much experience.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An experimental faux documentary on the unpleasant subject matter of suicide.

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David Thomas

a gripping tale that raises troubling questions about the nature of art and our voyeuristic society.

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R. L. Shaffer

A Necessary Death presents a wholly original, fascinating and curiously terrifying documentary that's likely to either captivate or revolt audiences.

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Christian Toto
Big Hollywood

A Necessary Death takes a hot button issue - suicide - and expands it to reveal the fuzzy line between art and morality.

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Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A Necessary Death, despite its provocations, remains timid and dramatized, ultimately favoring plot machinations to considering the issue of suicide more deeply.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'A Necessary Death' treats the topic of sucide in a disturbing yet creative way. This is a shocking, emotionally powerful film.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A Necessary Death will make you squirm and think in equal measure. For my money, that makes it a picture worth paying attention to.

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Erik Davis

As much as it doesn't seem like you're watching an intricate plot unfold, there's actually so much going on -- all of it layered; structured brilliantly.

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