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Damned by Dawn (2009)

Renee Willner , Bridget Neval , Brett Anstey  |  R |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Renee Willner, Bridget Neval, Dawn Klingberg, Taryn Eva, Danny Alder
  • Directors: Brett Anstey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00404ME38
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,999 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Spoken of only in fearful whispers, a supernatural force holds a chilling grip over a remote, primitive farming community where Claire (Renee Wilner) arrives to visit her ailing grandmother. On her deathbed, the old woman warns Claire about the cost of interfering with a powerful spirit coming to claim her soul, and when the rest of the family fails to heed these ancient traditions, the dead are called up from their graves for a bloody night of retribution that leaves carnage and monstrous mayhem in its wake! A riveting rollercoaster of terror in the tradition of The Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell, this acclaimed new vision of horror reveals that there truly are things in the night much more frightening than death!

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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars more like dang'ed January 16, 2011
    This title is not to be confused with the famous and far superior Evil Dead moniker, "dead by dawn". The first 50 minutes of the film go by pretty well. The legend of the banshee seems to be used quite effectively. The sets every now and then almost come across as fairy tale-like, especially the scenes in the mine. That's the first 50 minutes. After this, things quickly go to hell as folklore gets substituted by cliché and everything stops making sense. As for the raison d'etre of the film, the dead, you have to have a certain love for flying, scythe wielding skeletons to get your full boo's worth, or boo crap, if you don't lean towards this kind of dead. The acting was pedestrian to competent, nothing to light the sky on fire or anything. For me, there were some continuity discrepancies; unless I wasn't paying attention, I could swear that I saw a father and son running from a mine at night, and then the father being let into the house in obvious daylight. The story itself could have been better. The banshee was awesome, probably the best one ever put on screen. Just you go try and figure out the last 10 minutes of the film, though! And about the pop song just before the credits roll....
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, old-fashioned spooker! January 12, 2014
    DAMNED BY DAWN is a very entertaining little film. I had avoided it in the past because the title was so obviously lifted from one of my favorites. I ran across the trailer on YouTube by accident and was intrigued.

    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!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! April 9, 2013
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    This is my "bedtime movie" every night! It's so scary & I just love it! The quality of this copy is awesome, it plays well with no audio or visual errors at all!! Thank so much for this!!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    First of all, do not listen to any of these people saying it sucked! They all made the same reference..."It wasnt anything like Evil Dead". It was stylized to the same similar filmography but was nowhere near that! The "Quiet Earth" comment on the cover that reads "Sick of waiting for Evil Dead 4? Check out Damned By Dawn" ruined it for most of these people who are bad mouthing the film. 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!
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Fox traps pop open on their own eventually. May 22, 2011
    By T. Hunt
    Damned by Dawn is a 2010 independent horror film directed by Brett Anstey and tells the story, I think, of a banshee who is trying to damn a family. I think. The details got lost in all of the fog being blown around for the last hour and a half.

    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.

    Weakest zombies ever.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for that tree...
    Damned by Dawn (Brett Anstey, 2009)

    Usually when I say “they weren't even trying” in a review, I'm talking about the worst thing about the movie/book/whatever in... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Robert Beveridge
    4.0 out of 5 stars corny but good
    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 more
    Published 4 months ago by Jesse R Edwards
    3.0 out of 5 stars MORE CHILLS THAN EXPECTED
    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 more
    Published 22 months ago by Mark Turner
    3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a rental
    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
    5.0 out of 5 stars BEST HORROR FILM OF ALL TIMES!!!!!!
    Best horror movie of all time!!

    Damned By Dawn is in my opinion for the perfect blend of horror movie, gore and shock horror .. Independent. Read more
    Published on August 14, 2011 by Michael
    1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
    Don't fall for the comparison to Evil Dead on the box. This movie is crap from start to finish with ghosts that are about as scary as a Scooby Doo cartoon and a story with more... Read more
    Published on June 9, 2011 by E. Alvarez
    5.0 out of 5 stars damned by dawn
    i dont understand what people expect in a movie but to give this movie anything less than 3 stars is rediculous i give it 5 if you want a movie that keeps your eyes on the tv this... Read more
    Published on April 1, 2011 by Michael Pennell
    1.0 out of 5 stars its only a movie????????????????.
    this movie is not even close to be like the evildead movies well anyway they tried but sorry evildead is alot better then this movie .
    Published on December 1, 2010 by Elizabeth Folkes
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