An abandoned house and a group of friends. A party. But why has the house been abandoned? What happened there? A clever psychological thriller that unfolds a frightening story through the eyes of each character. The script twists and turns and nothing is as it first seems... Patrick Morgan sits in his room late at night finishing his coursework. Once done he collapses on his bed in exhaustion, relived it's all over. The next day both he and his family are dead. The group are on their way to the long abandoned Morgan family house; once infamous with their unsolved murders, now renowned amongst teenagers for being a great social venue! The party is great fun; drinks, drugs and sex - it's all good...;until something which should never have been unearthed is discovered. Who killed the Morgans? Was it the father? A psychopathic killer? A monstrous beast lurking in the woods? Or is there something else at work which no-one dares think about? Thrills and chills galore in this stylish shlock ... Written by
Dark Night worked superbly on many different levels, starting off as a parody of the horror genre, and quickly taking a turn to become a genuinely scary film. Truly entertaining, it captures the classic "teen slasher flick" ambiance without making the story dull or allowing the audience to predict the ending (partly due to the clever jumps of the narrative back and forth in time, and partly due to the witty script). I especially liked the delicate balance between the comical gore/dialogue, and the aspects that were truly terrifying. A big plus was that the characters are genuinely believable (more than I can say about many films I've seen recently); the actors capture the essence of being young and at a party, their cynical humour about the situation, all the while allowing the interpersonal relationships to develop depth. Their conversations are some of the highlights in the movie! They are also one of the main reasons that the premise of the creepy house works so well: you are really made to feel as though you're in the room with them... I recommend Dark Night to everyone (even though I scare quite easily). This is definitely a movie to watch!
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