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Dark Rising

3.6 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Bring your battle axe… Jason Parks (Landy Cannon) sees his life go from bad to worse when a series of supernatural events turn his dream of reconciliation with his ex Jasmine (Vanessa James) into a nightmare. While on a camping trip, Jason, along with his ex-fiancé, her new girlfriend Marlene (Haley Shannon) and his best friend Ricky (Jay Reso – wrestling superstar Christian Cage), accidentally summon a blood-thirsty demon. Luckily, they also summon Summer Vale (Brigitte Kingsley), a sexy, axe-wielding demon-hunter.

BONUS FEATURES: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, Photo Gallery
Commentary with director and cast, Deleted Scenes
Wrestling match between Christian Cage (Jay Reso) and Rhino


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Product Details

  • Actors: Landy Cannon, Brigitte Kingsley, Julia Schneider, Jason Reso
  • Directors: Andrew Cymek
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028YW37O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Rising" on IMDb

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This movie is a fantasy-horror-comedy that could have been a Bruce Campbell production. In fact, the leading actor, Landy Cannon, could pass for Campbell's younger brother. If you have ever seen a Bruce Campbell production, then you understand precisely what I'm talking about and what to expect. For those not familiar with Japanese television, Doguchan (Kodai Shojo Doguchan) was a popular series about a woman demon hunter played by a young, amply-endowed actress in a bikini-like costume - exactly as in this movie. At the beginning of the Japanese program, a caption thoughtfully cautions the viewer that the following is "Junk Drama." Neither this movie nor Doguchan takes itself seriously, and neither should you! Just sit back, put your brain in neutral, and enjoy the fun!
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I originally bought this movie because Cure Gravity (the Oshawa rock band) sings 'So Amazing' at the big finale. For sure it is a 'B' movie. But it is a good one. If your into scantily clad women running around slaying monsters and then having a big party to celebrate, then this is for you.
Finally it actually has a pretty good story line but gets corny a lot.
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I only got this DVD for one reason: Brigitte Kingsley. I had watched Medium Raw which she stars in and immediately was smitten :)
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This movie has a lot of heart behind it. Yes, it's low budget and that shows through in some places, but there are superb comedy moments, many beautiful shots, and a deep enough storyline that you can only grasp the surface level upon the first viewing. I've watched this at least 5 times.

Brigitte Kingsley and Julia Schneider are powerful, sexy and adorable. Landy Cannon and Jay Reso complement each other so well that they seem like they've been friends for years, and their sense of comic timing is impeccable. Andrew Cymek provides a stellar script with the perfect mixture of religious/mystical overtones and science fiction.

This lesser-known movie is a rare gem. It's got a similar feel to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Specifically Season 4 of Buffy where there's a mix of sci-fi and government agency involvement.) If you like occult/witchy themes, old leather-bound tomes from magic bookstores, parallel dimensions, demons, and battle princesses, you will like Dark Rising.

After you've watched this, there are two TV series (The Savage Tales of Summer Vale and Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds) and a feature length sequel (Agency of Vengeance - Dark Rising 2: Summer Strikes Back) all of which I am looking forward to seeing as soon as they make it to the US.
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Jason Parks (Landy Cannon), romantic, optimist, and world's worst story teller laments over the break up with his girlfriend Jasmine (Vanessa James) who he has known since high school. But Wait! He gets a chance to win her back on a group camping trip. Jasmine is joined by her lover Marlene (Haley Shannon) something Jason remains clueless about until the end because he "knows when something is right." They pick a location where Summer Vale (Brigitte Kingsley) disappeared as a young girl, something that involved her father, a book, and demons which we get in the first scene. Renee (Julia Schneider) happens to secure that exact same book and knows the spot of the disappearance because of a scene that they cut which shows up in the deleted scenes, thank you. Needless to say bad props and bad acting abound when they get there.

The story is low budget and campy. It goes for the dialogue and laughs. It is light on horror and credible fight scenes with "characters [that] come off a bit superficial." In that regard the film is fun to watch for those who like the cheese.

Guide: F-bomb, sex, girl/girl nudity (Vanessa James, Haley Shannon)
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I didn't know what to expect when I bought this movie. I was surprised! It was a real hoot. It's campy in the same vein as anything by Bruce Campbell. Jay Reso (Christian from the WWE) shows he has a real talent for doing movies. His sense of humor shines through. There's good looking dudes, lesbian love scenes, a demon with his organs on the outside and a girl with a battleaxe. This movie has everything a night with a beer and a bowl of popcorn demands for a fun evening! Kudos!
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I really can't recall how I stumbled over Dark Rising. Perhaps that's just as well as this is a rare B-Movie that has sufficient charm to overcome how bad it really is and go onto become a real guilty pleasure.

The plot is simple a man goes on a camping trio to try and convince his ex to rekindle their relationship. They take a long some friends for the ride. Then in the best horror tradition things go wrong. First there's a demon and then a demon slayer. Somehow the ex-girlfriend gets turned into a demon, there's fights, gore, cheap special effects, bad acting, a weak plot - the lot really. It manages to tick every B-Movie box quite nicely. There is brief female nudity so be warned.

I can't tell if this is supposed to be a vehicle for Landy Cannon or for Brigitte Kingsley. Cannon's acting is so woeful that he fits the B-Movie theme perfectly. Brigitte Kingsley is both lovely and lethal and her acting isn't the worst by far in this movie.

I'd have to call this a B-Movie guilty pleasure which manages to rise above the norm to be amusing and watchable. Certainly recommended as a late night with a couple of beers movie and a great alternative to the Wraith.
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