Ian Stone's To Do List:
- Wake Up.
- Go To Work.
- Die Horribly.
The Deaths of Ian Stone is a 2007 film released as part of the After Dark Horrorfest of that year. It follows Ian Stone (Mike Vogel), an American living in England, who dies each day... Let me rephrase that. Ian is killed each day in an ever more gruesome fashion and is reborn into a new life. As time goes on he begins to remember his past lives, but this is usually the prelude to his being killed again. In each life, there are familiar faces, few of them friendly except for two girls who seem to like him and a mysterious stranger who gives him warnings. Each time the clocks stop, the Harvesters come and bring death with them.
Stan Winston was a producer and his studio also did design work for the film.
This film features examples of:
- Ascended Demon: Gray and Ian.
- Betty and Veronica: Jenny's the Betty, Medea's the Veronica. From a Harvester perspective, though, Jenny's actually the "unconventional" choice.
- Black Eyes of Evil: The Harvesters. When Gray uses his powers to help Ian, his eyes glow white.
- Black Sheep: Gray and Ian might be more of a case of My Species Doth Protest Too Much. Either way, it was The Power of Love that caused it.
- Boy Meets Ghoul: Ian with Jenny, though instead of her learning to accept him, he learns to become more human.
- Dream Within a Dream: Every single day.
- Emotion Eater: The Harvesters feed on fear and pain. Ian and Gray found something better to feed on. Love. Which led to them leaving the fold.
- From Bad to Worse: Every day Ian descends a little lower in status and lifestyle.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Medea, late in the movie.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gray uses the last of his power to save Ian.
- Horror Hunger: Harvesters don't have to kill their victims—Gray gains his nourishment as a Peek-a-Bogeyman. However, the fear of the dying is powerfully addictive.
- Humanoid Abomination: Their nature may be incomprehensible, but the Harvesters look basically human, and to a certain extent they think like humans do.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: The Harvesters won't give up trying to kill Ian, but he's prepared to fight back.
- Ironic Nursery Rhyme: "Cross my heart and hope to die" turns out to be relevant to the plot. Ian did cross Medea's heart. She's making him hope to die. And she later repeats the first line before sticking an actual needle in his eye.
- The Power of Love: It changes the nature of Harvesters, granting them the power to kill their own kind and create life, which comes in handy at the end.
- Reality Warper: The Harvesters possess this power. Some of Gray's lines indicate they created The Multiverse to farm humanity.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: The Harvesters create blades of varying lengths on the ends of their arms. Dual Wielding optional.
- Shoot the Hostage: How Medea finally dies, and Jenny nearly goes with her.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Might not be a shock, but Ian.
- Torture Technician: Medea and her pair of helpers near the end of the film.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Harvesters can shift from human to monster or merely transform their body parts (typically for purposes of slicing and dicing.)
- Woman Scorned: Medea and Ian loved each other once, and the plot of the movie is based in her attempts to snap him out of his newfound love for Jenny, either by killing her, or by making Ian forget her.
- You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: Well, technically, Gray says "what" rather than "who," but the principle is the same.