Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Film Review: THE DEAD OF NIGHT (2004)

In the horror film The Dead of Night (2004) a mental patient escapes from a hospital and kills everyone thinking they are possessed by some type of demon that likes to reveal itself during the night.  He escapes into a nearby cemetery where a group of teenagers are cruelly initiating several “geeks” by bounding their hands and throwing them into an open grave.  Soon, the teenagers discover that the cemetery may be the latest site for the demons that possess each of the teenagers one by one. 

The teenagers don’t know who to trust as during the day their friends are normal but at night they turn into hideous demons that want to possess them and their only hope is in the escaped mental patient who knows more then he’s letting on about what is happening.  Time is running out as one by one each person is possessed and the demons don’t plan on stopping just with the teenagers but have bigger plans.

This sounds like a film that might actually be decent but sadly it is not.  Hampered by meager production values and a repetitive screenplay that renders all the characters as two-dimensional caricatures this film is made even more inept by the horrible demon masks and special FX.  If made in the ‘80s or ‘90s I could probably forgive some of this but this is a film of ‘00s and this film is just bad.  This is a highly forgettable film.

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