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Damned by Dawn [Blu-ray]

2.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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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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    • Actors: Renee Willner, Bridget Neval, Dawn Klingberg, Taryn Eva, Danny Alder
    • Directors: Brett Anstey
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
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    • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
    • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
    • Run Time: 81 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00404ME1U
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Damned by Dawn [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    By Robert Cossaboon on January 16, 2011
    Format: DVD
    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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    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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    When you choose to have a title for a horror film that includes words like this feature does the expectations of the viewer increase. You'd better deliver the goods or horror fans will do little more than ridicule the name over and over again, citing the title in their jokes and slams. If you can deliver the goods, then you make a movie that fans can enjoy. DAMNED BY DAWN is just such a movie.

    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.
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    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.

    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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