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Damned By Dawn [Blu-ray] [Import]

Renee Willner , Bridget Neval , Brett Anstey    Blu-ray

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Amazon.com: 2.7 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars more like dang'ed Jan. 16 2011
By Robert Cossaboon - Published on Amazon.com
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....
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rent it before you listen to any of these critics...and make you own opinion!!! Sept. 26 2011
By Pretty Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fox traps pop open on their own eventually. May 22 2011
By T. Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
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. The details got lost in all of the fog being blown around for the last hour and a half.

To be fair, the movie actually started off fairly well. If you're an Evil Dead fan, you'll recognize immediately a similar film style utilized here, but only at an environmental angle. The moving ground shots through hazy nighttime forest, etc. It's a nod in the right direction, so I feel I owe Anstey some recognition for that. He also did a decent job of spooking me. Every so often a form will move silently through the background and it's startling. Well, the first ten times it was, I should say. He must have known it was working because he kept doing it and doing it and doing it, and...

...THIS is where I start stomping on his effort.

The film went nowhere. It gained a little momentum in the beginning, but quickly began bleating one note and stayed that way through its entirety. Keeping my hand away from the fast-forward button on my remote because I promised myself I'd not review the movie unless I'd seen the whole thing was exhausting.

The banshee got on my nerves right away. The screaming was obnoxious. I know that's what banshees DO, but it drove me nuts.

The main actress wasn't very good. At all. She basically spends the whole movie going from panicky to wide-eyed and back to panicky, rinse and repeat. At one point in the movie, she's on a balcony looking down and her eyes are huge. Cut to a different scene, then back to the balcony and she's looking down again with an almost identical face. She just kept doing that.

Weakest zombies ever. One undead guy walks into the house, gets their attention, dumps his guts on the floor, then starts flaccidly punching at them. When he connects, they act as if they've been hit by a Thor's hammer, but there's no way. NO way. If anything, this movie gave me hope that when zombies finally do start perusing my populace, they'll be walking daffodils like the creatures in this little ditty.

The music was sporadic and poorly placed. Multiple genres fluttered around carelessly until the end scene when one of the worst songs I've heard brings the whole house crashing down around me.

I don't know what else to say. I wanted to like the movie, but I just could not. At one point I even tried to get excited about a tear in the father's cheek because it reminded me of similar wound handed to Lionel's mother in Dead Alive, but then I realized that while watching one movie, I was fantasizing about another, and that's a disappointing thing to happen to a guy.

Unless you're the type of person that's trying to watch every movie with, "Dawn" in it, I'd avoid this film, and I'd avoid this film really hard.

- t -
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! April 9 2013
By Sage Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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!! Thank so much for this!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, old-fashioned spooker! Jan. 12 2014
By Wolfboy_54 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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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