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Vanishing on 7th Street (+ Digital Copy)

2.8 out of 5 stars 491 customer reviews

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VANISHING ON 7TH STREET taps into one of humankind's most primal anxieties: fear of the dark. An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. A small handful of strangers that have survived the night (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and Jacob Latimore) each find their way to a rundown bar. With daylight beginning to disappear completely and whispering shadows surrounding the survivors, they soon discover that the enemy is the darkness itself.

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Beginning with its title--a combination of promisingly enigmatic and weirdly specific--this ambitious melding of the Left Behind series, Pitch Black, and any number of Twilight Zone episodes has creepy atmosphere to burn, but its refusal to finally turn over its cards may frustrate viewers in the mood for closure. The plot turns on an admittedly monster hook: following an unexplained mass vanishing, a handful of Detroit residents (including Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, and an uncharacteristically muted John Leguizamo) find themselves surrounded by leagues of whispering, carnivorous shadows, kept at bay only by the city's dwindling sources of light. Anthony Jaswinski's script drops tantalizing references to religious prophecies, human-made catastrophes, and real-life phenomena (including the still unexplained 16th-century disappearance of the entire Roanoke Colony), but never really seems to fix on the specifics of its particular spooky situation, leaving the audience to fill in an increasing number of blanks. That the film ultimately works as well as it does is due to director Brad Anderson, a filmmaker whose previous work (including The Machinist and the wonderfully upsetting Session 9) has displayed a firm grasp of place. Here, he outdoes himself, creating a barren, unstable metropolis with barely glimpsed slitherings in virtually every corner. If the narrative lived up to its surroundings, this could have been a small classic of the genre. As it stands, it's a case of the frame overshadowing the contents. --Andrew Wright

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  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, Thandie Newton
  • Directors: Brad Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Digital_copy
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (491 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P2VQXO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This movie starts with an interesting premise which is immediately engaging. Unfortunately, very little happens over the next hour to draw you in. The plot and character development stall quite quickly, and the film drags. I kept watching nonetheless, expecting a big pay-off at the end, which, sadly, never came. The movie ends abruptly with a range of Christian imagery and all major questions unanswered. Frustrating all around.
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This film starts with an eerie and inventive premise. It leaves a more haunting, memorable trail than most movies in the genre. But in between its first and its lasting impressions, it somewhat loses its way in the dark.

Too much goes unexplained. For example, we see John Leguizamo stranded in his darkened movie theater one minute - then we next see him lying battered and bruised in an illuminated bus stop shelter. What happened to get him there? In his commentary, Director Anderson says that there was some scripting that would have explained Leguizamo's trajectory, but a variety of constraints prevented this explanation from becoming part of the film. Actually, Anderson thought this was all to the good though - that some things were best left to the imagination. I'm not so sure about that. It seems Leguizamo's navigation of the engulfing, vanquishing night would have been one of the processes most interesting to watch. Without showing such process, the film too often ends up being just abrupt, choppy, and undeveloped.

It also has too many lapses of logic. The creeping darkness doesn't play fair. It shifts its rules of engagement, overwhelming one person, while allowing another similarly situated person to survive, at least for a while. Well, that could be an additional aspect of the evil of the darkness. It toys randomly with its victims, like a cat may or may not toy with a mouse, sheerly on a whim.

Then I had one of my common technical complaints about this film. The DVD often projected as an indecipherable smudge on my TV screen. So it ran as murky rather than sinisterly dark. There is something about the final lighting/filtering process that many modern filmmakers use that causes their movies to be a chore to watch on home TV's.
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What were the shadow people?
Where did the shadow people come from?
What did the shadow people want?
Why were the shadow people taking everyone?
Why did they take Paul just to throw him out under that light?
What the hell is Croatoa?
Where did the shadow people take the others? Are they dead? Moved to another dimension?
How were they able to control the times the sun rises and sets?

Just frustrating and disappointing!
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The movie had so much promise only to be undone by irrational behaviour of the characters and plot contrivances impacted by the writer. There are some genuinely creepy moments like the one with Hayden's character at the News Station hallway. If only there were more moments like those and a stronger focus on building up the tension and a better setting than the rundown bar.
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Honestly? The concept is neat, but explanation of things really never comes about, so you hear theories through out, old tales, ideas about spirits, but again we don't know how far spread things are, is it just the city? the world? would of loved to have less round and round with characters and more giving us a broad view of the world.

Not a bad watch, but a little bit of a letdown.
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Hayden Christensen plays a total jerk who wakes up one day to find that nearly everyone in the world has vanished, and the days grow shorter and the nights increasingly longer. Worse yet, the shadows are alive and are trying kill everyone. On paper, Vanishing on 7th Street sounds like a sure fire win for a horror movie. It plays on the natural fear of the dark many people have, has plenty of mystery that keeps you engaged, and it has a fairly solid cast with the likes of Christensen (who shouldn't be judged by the poor script he had in the Star Wars prequels), Thandie Newton, and John Leguizamo.

Sadly, while the film does have some decent scares and manages to maintain some level of tension. It never fully achieves the potential it sets itself up for. Between hokey CGI shadow effects, hackneyed usage of true historical mysteries with easy explanations that blow the film's supposed explanation out of the water, and truly stupid character decisions the film feels more like a bad Doctor Who episode (and given that show actually had an episode about killer shadows that was AMAZING makes this film look all the more worse). Add onto that, a truly stupid ending with obvious biblical undertones and a shot that rips off the iconic image of The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes riding his horse down an abandoned highway and you have the mediocre strawberry on a truly disappointing cake.

Not to mention, it's way too easy to make "Dark side of the force" jokes throughout the entire film's run time. I strongly recommend watching this movie with your friends and seeing who can come up with the best Dark Side pun.
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Vanishing on 7th Street although the vanishings seemed considerably more widespread than that. No creatures or scary things except peculiar shadows and an inky blackness that closed in around the victims, making them disappear and leaving only their neatly arranged clothes. The thing ("it") that was causing the disappearances was able to bore into the victim's minds and discover and emulate things that could lure them out into the darkness to claim their bodies. I thought the movie was pretty good and anxiously looked forward to finding out what "it" was that cause all of this mischief.. Needless to say, the explanation never comes and that's the end. A good story needs a beginning, middle and end. The beginning really captures the viewer, then the tension rises, and rises, and rises. Then the movie ends. Too bad. It could have been very good.
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