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!
A slow start finds a young couple going to the home of Claire to visit her grandmother perhaps for the last time. Her boyfriend Paul finds the family a bit off kilter but not enough to make him run for the hills. When Claire sits at her grandmother's side to talk about the mysterious package (an urn) her grandmother sent her, she's told she is the only one her grandmother trusts with its care. She knows her time is coming and wants her grand daughter at her side to insure nothing prevents what is to happen.
That night the inevitable does happen and grandma dies. At the same time a storm whips up outside and Claire looks out the window to see something unexpected, a visage in white flowing gown, eyes bleeding and packing a scream that sends her reeling while opening the window. The banshee is here to take grandma's soul. But Claire unknowingly interferes and puts not just her grandmother's soul in jeopardy but the lives of everyone inside as well.
The dead rise and take wing, tracking down everyone in the house as they try to figure out what has happened. When Paul goes for help, he's attacked by a scythe wielding creature that flies at him. His body is later discovered by Claire's father and a neighbor who was visiting. As those who survive in the house are taken out one by one, Claire must figure out just how to put a stop to the banshee before everyone dies.Read more ›
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!
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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
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 on June 20, 2014 by Jesse R Edwards
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!! Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Sage Wood
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!!
Damned By Dawn is in my opinion for the perfect blend of horror movie, gore and shock horror .. Independent. Read more
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 morePublished on June 9, 2011 by E. Alvarez
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. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by T. Hunt