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DVD Review - Damned by Dawn (2009)

8 March 2011 2:47 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Damned by Dawn, 2009.

Directed by Brett Anstey.

Starring Renee Willner, Bridget Neval, Dawn Klinberg, Taryn Eva, Danny Alder, Mark Taylor and Peter Stratford.


In a remote country farmhouse a family interrupt the grieving rituals of a banshee, who then summons an army of the undead to unleash her fury.

Australian horror has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts over the past decade, with highlights such as zombie comedy Undead (2003) and the international box office hit Wolf Creek (2005) paving the way for a slew of genre efforts including the likes of Black Water (2007), Rogue (2007), Storm Warning (2007) and Daybreakers (2009). Of course, in such circumstances it’s inevitable that quality will soon begin to diminish, and that’s probably never been as evident as it is with writer-director Brett Anstey’s debut feature Damned by Dawn, a low-budget tale about an aggrieved banshee out for the blood of a family in a secluded country home. »

- flickeringmyth

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DVD Releases: 'Damned by Dawn'

1 March 2011 10:27 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

If you want to make a horror movie, start with a good idea from which to develop your script - something which is uncanny, creepy, or downright terrifying (added points if this something is rumoured to have happened in real life). Brett Anstey's Dawned by Dawn (2009) has a very good central idea to start with: that of the Banshee, the screaming spirit from Irish mythology whose piercing wails signal when someone is about to die.

Next, add a spooky location (in Damned by Dawn's case, an old house in the middle of miles of desolated countryside), populate it with some strange locals (a very old lady on the verge of death) and a set of unknowing protagonists who’ll be led straight to their deaths by their own naivete and/or lack of common sense, and everything is set for your story to unfold.

This, unfortunately, is exactly where Damned by Dawn falters. »

- Daniel Green

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