Dead Night DVD review

I can finally recommend a film that is a template of a wide range of previous horror films. That film is DEAD NIGHT. A cabin in the woods style, slasher with all the bits in the right place and some moved around with enough to warrant attention. So a trip to said cabin that sits atop a ore deposit. Casey and her husband James and two kids, one boy (older) and one girl (younger) are there to relax. Her daughter has also invited a friend along called Becky. The five arrive and unpack. James goes into the woods for some fire wood. Casey sets out cooking and the kids wander around the cabin looking for something to do. However something else is lurking in the woods…

The main reason I really like DEAD NIGHT in truth is this. Its ambition. The film sets out to under play our expectations and over play genre conventions. It then precedes to circumvent all of these. Our expectations are cross checked and reevaluated. We find what should happen and what does cross connected. The introduction of another plot, adds interesting thematic notes and the final act is well executed (if not a little short). This all in all means that a monster in the woods film, meets a serial killer in the house film, meets a revenging party in the trees film, stands up to critical appraisal well. So if you like horror films that are akin to THE EVIL DEAD but without the dark comedic gore fest (the original here btw), then DARK NIGHT just about makes it so…

 

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