Damned by Dawn [Blu-ray]
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It is true that the movie is not perfect. For instance, the reviewer who pointed out the continuity error with an abrupt nighttime/daytime shift is correct. It could also be argued that the story over all is pretty simple. On the other hand the story moves pretty efficiently as a result.
I disagree about the actors being pedestrian. I think the whole cast was very competent. The lead actress, Renee Willner, does well with what she is given to do. Once things start flying through the air all around, it is time to react and respond, rather than stop for introspection. On this level, she provides what is expected of her. Bridget Neval is very creepy as the "woman of sorrows." I understand that banshee scream is actually her--without any digital augmentation, except to loop the scream for length.
One of the things I really enjoyed about DAMNED BY DAWN is that it is just dripping with atmosphere in the same way CITY OF THE DEAD (aka HORROR HOTEL) is. It might have served the story better if the locale was not fog-enshrouded from the instant the story begins and transition into it. However, it still made a good impact on me--informing me that this movie is more concerned with a feeling of dread than bloodshed (although there are a couple gory parts). The film utilizes background glimpses of shadowy horrors and peripheral vision to effectively build this feeling of dread.
I think Brett Anstey delivered admirably more than should have been expected from the film's miniscule budget. The film is fairly well paced and builds to a satisfying climax. I am looking forward to whatever his next film turns out to be.
If you don't overthink it, DAMNED BY DAWN is a good way to spend an evening--with the lights out!
So...rent it...watch it...and make your own opinion of it. Anyone that talked badly about this film saying it was "Horrible" and "The worst movie ever" I challenge you to make a better one...the only thing scarier...watching the terrible B-movie you would create!
It was ok, I'd watch it again, but not awful!
To be fair, the movie actually started off fairly well. If you're an Evil Dead fan, you'll recognize immediately a similar film style utilized here, but only at an environmental angle. The moving ground shots through hazy nighttime forest, etc. It's a nod in the right direction, so I feel I owe Anstey some recognition for that. He also did a decent job of spooking me. Every so often a form will move silently through the background and it's startling. Well, the first ten times it was, I should say. He must have known it was working because he kept doing it and doing it and doing it, and...
...THIS is where I start stomping on his effort.
The film went nowhere. It gained a little momentum in the beginning, but quickly began bleating one note and stayed that way through its entirety. Keeping my hand away from the fast-forward button on my remote because I promised myself I'd not review the movie unless I'd seen the whole thing was exhausting.
The banshee got on my nerves right away. The screaming was obnoxious. I know that's what banshees DO, but it drove me nuts.
The main actress wasn't very good. At all. She basically spends the whole movie going from panicky to wide-eyed and back to panicky, rinse and repeat. At one point in the movie, she's on a balcony looking down and her eyes are huge. Cut to a different scene, then back to the balcony and she's looking down again with an almost identical face. She just kept doing that.
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Damned by Dawn (Brett Anstey, 2009)
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I find Damned by dawn to be both unusual and intriguing in it's corniness. The effects are low budget but it adds to the overall feel: a movie underdone enough to be interesting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jesse R Edwards
When you choose to have a title for a horror film that includes words like this feature does the expectations of the viewer increase. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Mark Turner
Could have been great, interesting story and very creepy atmosphere. But the movie was ruined by poor makeup effects and even worst CGI effects.Published on August 10, 2012 by Brian Unfried
Best horror movie of all time!!
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