Six strangers are tasked with spending the next seven nights in a supposedly haunted abandoned asylum with a nefarious history. This is the premise behind 7 Nights of Darkness (2011). Compromised of footage the contestants are supposed to be filming each night, the film is a mixture of found footage and regular cinematic techniques as it decides when and when it doesn’t want to adhere to the “found footage” aesthetic in order to “cheat” and get a better angle.
Each day the six contestants are given a task that they have to fulfill in order to proceed to the next day. Each successful day brings them one step closer to winning $7 million that will be split among the people who manage to stay till the end of the week. Despite being locked up in the asylum and given only a single task during the entire day, most of the contestants spend their time playing cards and doing relatively nothing. All the contestants are strangers from different states with different backgrounds and they have little in common with one another.
Whereas most films of this kind would revel at the chance to explore the location and see what is going on none of these characters are really interested (except for one who is quickly the first person to meet a paranormal fate) and therefore the audience is never really interested. The film is comprised of uninteresting characters with little to no motivation other than to get rich. There is no real drive in the characters or the film and even when “spooky” stuff starts to happen the film decides to fall into the tired old trope of having stupid characters do stupid things.
Written & directed by Allen Kellogg the plot is lazy and the direction is uninspired and uninteresting. There is nothing in the film that hasn’t been done a thousand times before in other mediocre and poor found footage paranormal films.