Writer/director: Joe Davison
Rated: n/a (violence)
Cast: Lily Cardone, Debbie Rochon, Rod Grant, Daneen Melody, Julie Anne, Joe Davison, and Dwight Cenac
Film is distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures
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As Night Falls opens up with a little girl running from a man wielding an axe. We learn that this girl’s name is Amelia and that man was her father, and her parents were indeed homicidal maniacs who wanted to put her to bed permanently. The film them jumps ahead 50 years to modern day when a young woman and her little sister move into the old house where the grisly events took place. The little girl has bad vibes from the beginning, and of course we know what’s in store.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this film aside from the cover art, which shows the lead holding a samurai sword standing between who one would assume are the two killer parents. That image should give one a good idea of what to expect, as the film really ends up being a kind of freak show with very weird events.
The storyline is where I mainly had a problem with the film. It opened up with the brief backstory, and Amelia’s ghost, in all her glowing ghost glory (I’m assuming the cheesy special effects were intentional), appears throughout the film, but I felt like nothing really tied it all together and felt fully explained. I found myself not caring about the story, and as the film went on, I cared less about the villains, even though I felt like they should have been main characters.
What really ended up having my attention and gave me the most enjoyment were the characters. The characters were very diverse and entertaining, and the cast really did a good job adding to their colorfulness. The movie mostly takes place at a house party type of setting, so there are plenty of scenes involving the cast of silly and interesting characters that had me laughing and actually caring about them in certain parts (but mostly laughing).
I ultimately was a little let down in the relatively weak story department. I’m down for a good killer-back-from-the-dead story, but I just didn’t think anything about it stood out and I would have like to have seen more focus have been on the villains rather than just them showing up only when trying to kill someone. On the topic of the gore department, the effects are pretty decent, while it wasn’t the slasherfest I would have assumed from the artwork, but still a good effort. I did end up laughing a lot with this one, so the cast really did save it for me.