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Damned by Dawn (2009)

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During a violent thunderstorm, a family is awoken by piercing shrieks which summon the dead to rise again. Their lives explode in a blood soaked fury as they battle malevolent spirits, ... See full summary »


Brett Anstey


Brett Anstey (screenplay), Brett Anstey (story) | 2 more credits »





Credited cast:
Renee Willner Renee Willner ... Claire
Bridget Neval ... The Banshee
Dawn Klingberg ... Nana
Danny Alder Danny Alder ... Paul
Taryn Eva Taryn Eva ... Jen
Mark Taylor Mark Taylor ... Simmo
Peter Stratford Peter Stratford ... Bill
Nina Nicols Nina Nicols ... Ghost
Trent Schwarz Trent Schwarz ... Ghost
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shaun R.L. King Shaun R.L. King ... Ghost


During a violent thunderstorm, a family is awoken by piercing shrieks which summon the dead to rise again. Their lives explode in a blood soaked fury as they battle malevolent spirits, whilst fighting to save their souls from eternal torment with... the Banshee. Written by Anonymous

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When The Banshee Cries... The Dead Will Rise



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody horror violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Only one shot in the film has the original shot of what the sky looked like during filming. The rest has all been treated in post-production. See more »


Bones of a Rabbit
Written by K. Hart / M. Wright
Performed by Young Heretics
Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing
Licensed courtesy of Young Heretics
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Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's that thing from my science class.
6 November 2010 | by BoloxxxiSee all my reviews

This movie is about a couple, Claire and Paul, who go to visit her relatives outback (it's an Australian movie) somewhere. In the course of their visit, the grandmother, who is very old and ill, tells Claire that she doesn't have much time remaining and entrusts her with a valuable urn. Claire doesn't want to hear such talk but the grandmother continues and tells her we all gotta go sometime (this is true folks) -but that she wasn't worried because "the lady of sorrows" -she who bawls for the dead (actually, they more poetically used "wails" but being a wise-ass I couldn't resist) -would oversee her final journey. As well, she tells Claire that no one should harm the bawling lady (there I go again) or interfere. At this point you can guess what happens: one of them unwittingly did something to the bawling woman and unhappy consequences follow.

This movie, in my ever so humble opinion, is overall not a bad movie. The creepiest part unfortunately happens in the first quarter or so of it. So what went wrong after that? "Flying skeletons". Say what???. You heard me, folks. Someone had the bright idea of injecting FLYING SKELETONS in this thing. The effect of this was to make the movie seem a little silly, a little retro, and a little cheap, and therefore to negate or offset a lot of the genuine creepiness it began with. Folks (I think you will agree with me), there is no way in the world flying skeletons are going to freak anyone out; not in this day and age. These days, this is something that you would put in a horror comedy which this was not intended to be.

Notwithstanding the above, this is generally not a bad movie. It just lost it's way to further real supernatural creepiness in the early go with the introduction of the skeletons and became more of a "monster" or "creature" movie, of sorts, even though they were supposed to be ghosts. So while much was lost if you wanted to be supernaturally creeped out, there was still creature horror and suspense. And in additional defense of what was not a bad effort, let me say that there are some movies that are today considered cult horror classics that had skeletons in them that looked no better than these, but at least they had the good sense not to make them airborne. Love, Boloxxxi.

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Release Date:

15 April 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Damned by Dawn See more »

Filming Locations:

Victoria, Australia

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Amazing Krypto Bros See more »
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1.78 : 1
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