7 Nights of Darkness (2011)
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7 Nights of Darkness manages plenty of creepy scares to turn the frail of constitution into nervous insomniacs. I sure wouldn't want to watch it alone in the dark, and I'm a horror buff!
The acting is not going to win anyone any awards, but it's no notable nuisance...save one actress' performance anyways. Yes, there's some serious over-acting from a blonde named Lena, which is unfortunate because the film is so great otherwise. What a relief when she finally quit talking! After the unmistakeably bad performance moment by Lena, the film really picks up and shines... so stay tuned it's well worth it!
I found it odd that characters would mysteriously disappear, yet the others in the group didn't seem the least bit concerned about it. The camera style may be annoying for some, but if you watch TV's Ghost Adventures and aren't bothered by that style then you'll be fine. The FX are effectual yet simplistic, they get the job done well.
The ghosts aren't the usual stalkers or precocious poltergeists we often see in films. They are are plainly vicious and their stories are irrelevant. They aggressively terrorize with violence rather than just revel in their victims confusion.
For a movie made with a budget of about $5000 they certainly got a lot of bang for their buck and present their audience with a pleasing and enjoyable flick. For that, they should be proud, and you'll be glad to have watched it.
Once the film gets rolling, there are some pretty good "creepy" scares. Not too many of the make you jump type scares, but ones that give a bit of the skin crawl.
Early in the film though, there is so much loud dialogue and over-acting from the actors that it really takes away from one of the greatest elements of horror and horror cinematography: ambient sound.
Far too much needless argument and banter between characters early in the set.
The rest of the film is well done, and the director makes good use of low light for effect, and they picked a great setting for the film to take place.
When I first saw the trailer of this film, I thought here we go, again, not another cam hold film, but was bored so I thought give it ago. You know what, i loved it, what worked for me was the fact, there was no massive budget effects, a low budget film but it worked, there was a few good scares, and trust me i don't get scared at all by films, but i was left spooked out. Some actor/actress where believe, there was a couple,
I thought really over acted, but overall damn film. I don't think it will win any awards, but def worth checking out.
One among the group is a firm believer in the paranormal, even hoping for spirits, beckoning them to show up. She is alone as the others just want to follow the tasks as written without extra fanfare, hoping to get through the week relatively unscathed and safe from any possible boogeymen. But this is a found footage film that tells us right at the start that no one makes it out to win the money, so we know where this story will lead to and how it will end.
Derivative of the likes of The Blair Witch Project and the onryo Ju-on/Ringu movies, 7 Seven Nights of Darkness knows what audience it wants to please and tries hard. I reward bonus points to the effort and there were some genuine jolts I must admit. What I appreciate from a no-budget film like this is that we anticipate what will eventually happen next, and yet when it comes the heart still skips after beating a bit speedily, with a nice gasp before moving to the following build up suspense sequence. The acting is not the film's strong suit. The cast tries to emote, attempting to show unbridled, crap-in-the-pants fear, with curse words sputtering out, documented interviews explaining their worsening emotional states as the week strains by, the ghosts appearing and causing mischief more and more each night. I have to say, though, that I was often laughing my ass off, especially early when the ghostly hi-jinks shook the cynical, smug team members out of their comfort and joy, rattling that emotional cage. I was also laughing at the cast's overreactions to the events as they transpire. Sometimes the acting is a bit overwrought, and overboard. I get it. They are trying to convey the situation as it unfolds as any of us might react when ghost girls skip across a room from afar, one of the team members fall under a type of possession and never recovers, people vanish for whatever reason, noises thump and thud like precursors to a major cataclysm, and soon no escape route seems available as "they're everywhere".
Because the ability to make a movie is as easy as has ever been, and that the found footage genre allows hungry horror filmmakers the chance to live their dream, 7 Days of Darkness is possible. The ending of this film really mines Blair Witch Project (the lovely Meredith Kochan runs towards the cries of Tom Sperry, Jr, finding all the team facing the wall, eerily reminiscent to Michael in the room as Heather is following behind as both had heard Josh achingly calling out; the twist involves Meredith seeing someone as if looking in the mirror, with the moment quite surreal) and Ringu (a ghoul can be seen crawling on all fours up the stairs, not to mention, there are numerous spirits that favor Onryo girls throughout the film), so it isn't like 7 Nights of Darkness invents the wheel far from it. Like the slasher films in the 80s, found footage has found a prime chunk of real estate in the horror market. Netflix is vast nirvana for found footage and horror fans are willing to give filmmakers a chance. So even the most average found footage (or other genre in horror for that matter) flick can provide a bit of entertainment, no matter how familiar and mediocre.
I would say there are at least three moments in 7 Nights of Darkness that might make it worth sitting through the obnoxious performances and lack of originality. The use of darkness and a bit of grain in the photography benefit the film immensely. The jolt comes from when the camera turns around as characters holding it go into panic mode spotting ghouls or figures faint but noticeable just for a second or two; this sets in your mind the distinct acceptance that the specters are among them, soon to make their presence felt. My favorite scene has one of the ghouls giggling as she photographs two of the team members sleeping; I just thought this was rather neat. This film also does a swell job of establishing that no room, no matter how locked, is safe from the intrusion of the dead. Probably the most painful aspect of the film, besides some rough-around-the-edges performances, is the seemingly improvised dialogue; it really made me cringe at times. Some of the girly screaming over ridiculous stuff (maggots on pizza, a bouncing bucket, a cabinet noise because one of the team moved it slightly) also really, really got on my nerves. I say that as a warning: to get to the good stuff, there's plenty of bad to wade through.
No drugs/alcohol/sex. Scene with very light violence. Excessive swearing.
This film really does not bring anything fresh to the idea of shaky cam/ insane asylum horror stories. Many things in the movie I have seen before. However, even though many of the scares are not fresh and are predictable, the ways in which the cast and crew pull these moments off is more then satisfactory. There are many goose bump creating scares.
I have seen a lot of horror movies and grew up on horror movies. And while I am not scared after the movie I was very creeped out during the movie. If you watch this movie expecting it to be game changing and a brand new concept then you are going to be disappointed. If you are expecting this to be a movie which is non stop horror and quick pacing then you will be disappointed. This is a slow build movie that does a great job raising the fear level before leading to a memorable climax.
I gave this movie a 10 because I watched it with the intent of being scared and creeped out. And it did that successfully. Maybe it is just me but it seems horror movies now of days do not rely on scares anymore as much as they do gore. I would recommend this movie to anyone that wanted to see a movie that was actually creepy and who appreciates a good scare.
Like one reviewer said, way too much talking in the first parts. It's like trying to sleep when there's a party in the other room. The voices are just as annoying. Everyone trying to talk at the same time. I almost didn't make it through the first 20 minutes, or the first 5 minutes for that matter, but I stuck it out. I am a sucker for punishment. The acting is very bad. I suck, and I could do a better job. I think a fence post would have pulled it off better.
This movie had the feeling that it was done by a bunch of film students, and somehow it slipped out into the DVD market. A quick look at the credits and you'll see that I am most likely right, if you last to the credits that is, and oh don't miss the extra bit after the credits.
If you can see this for free, watch it simply for how bad it is, but don't go out of your way to see this. Like the idea, but hated the movie? Check out Grave Encounters, they pulled it off way better.
Originally I gave this movie a 4 out of 10, but looking back on it now I think I will change it to a more than generous 3.
Filmed for an estimated $5000 budget this follows a group of reality TV show participants spending 7 nights in an abandoned asylum in order to win $1 million! As with every other one of the Paranormal Investigations movies I've seen it's shoddily made with very little actually happening and a whole lot of shaky camera work & senseless screaming.
To it's credit near the end 7 Nights Of Darkness does manage to get under the viewers skin a bit, but it's simply too late.
Another incredibly boring 90 minutes of lifeless ghost genre "Action"
Couple of creepy moments near the end
The abandoned asylum thing has gotten really old now
Scene separators are annoying
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
Mens lavatories are notoriously haunted
Buckets are scary
Threatening to sexually molest an unconscious restrained woman is totally an okay thing to do
I loved the setting of it. And the long shots of the creepy hallways, especially the scene with the chair at the end. I liked the way they were given tasks for each night. I thought that was first-rate.
The cast were excellent. I liked them all. Normally in a movie like this, there is usually one person that will bug me, but not in this movie. Everyone played their role so well, and they were funny. There were some great lines that made me laugh. They acted very naturally. I found them acting exactly how my friends and I would act in the same situation.
The 'ghost girl' was extremely effective. She was creepy as hell actually.
There were a few things I would've changed, but all in all, I would highly recommend this gem. And that's what this is- a gem.
There were so many little things throughout this movie that I loved. The doors all lock from the outside.... makes the hair stand up at the back of my neck. Well done crew!!
Unfortunately, none of the characters were likable enough to care what befalls them. Likable characters I believe is a pretty important factor in found footage films because they are the ones revealing the story to you. But in this film, their acting seemed forced and unnatural, and natural is what you're suppose to be going for in found footage films. The characters didn't even care what was happening to each other, which just compounded the viewers lack of caring about them.
The scares were too few and far between and didn't last very long. They never explain anything about the history of the house they were in, so the viewer couldn't even connect with the ghosts.
The fact that nothing is explained could work for some found footage films, but not this one because it lacked so many other things. The film seemed like someones pet project, with a slightly higher video quality.
I wouldn't see it again and I wouldn't recommend it to fans of the genre.
A 'found footage' film is very simple to do. It's also very easy and requires little to no effort, unless your vision is to create the next big Cloverfield. These kinds of films are no longer original, due to their unfortunate simplicity and all the best kinds of interpretations are rare and few these days. They are now all too common due to the simple fact that anyone can make them: a home movie with the family can be done in as little as fifty dollars minimum and shot around the local smalltown venue over the course of a week, and edited on an iMac or Windows Movie Maker. I would know because I've been involved in one long ago in high school.
No one takes an effort to make them shine or stand out, and that's a shame, as it hinders this particular genre. Certainly some do try, but in the end you're given a film that is no mere 'Paranormal Activity' effort and comes off as simply someone's hand-me-down 'Ghost Hunters'/'Ghost Adventures' lackluster effort shot on a weekend. It's because of this that I look down upon the genre as a whole because, despite what it is, nobody takes advantage of the medium well enough to make it shine above all other competitors on the market... George Romero's "Diary of the Dead" is a particularly good film in that regard.
But what to say of "7 Nights of Darkness"? Allen Kellog weaves a story of contestants in a reality show who are to spend several nights in a supposedly 'haunted' asylum. We are told that no one survives but the footage of their exploits was found, thus concreting what's to be expected of us and thankfully, at least the director is honest in that regard. With the beginning and ending secure, we now must sit through the remainder of it to see how these individuals fair up. Nothing is said of the reality show itself, though I suspect there'd be no reason to, though it would have been nice as to know more about where they are spending the seven nights in question.
For a film budget of an estimated $5,000, I can't still help but feel a bit slighted and cheated out of this experience. It's an honest and decent effort, sure, but I have my reservations. The location in question doesn't look like it's been around the block, or anything that would be deemed spooky. For all it's intended scariness I can't shake the feeling that a troupe of college students filmed this on their campus for a few weeks at certain times of the day as part of a school assignment. I can't really feel any regard to the characters, or actors, and it falls into the category of sameness. The location to which they are staying in run from bathrooms, kitchens, hallways and other familiar rooms - if it's not a college campus, it's likely just assorted office buildings from people they knew within the area. This ruins the mood of attempted horror: what's to be scary about in a school's hallway with the lights off? Scare-wise, it's nothing we haven't seen before but on a smaller scale. I'm certain this is where most of the money went. Someone here noted the rather painful overacting, seemingly improvised acting from everyone, and I'm inclined to agree. It's for this reason I'm not a big fan of shows like Ghost Hunters/Adventures or anything else, when everyone is limited to "Dude", "What the f*ck", "What the hell", and all variants of such.
I'll give everyone credit for trying, but I'm afraid I have seen better.
Yesterday I watched this movie with my friends. We went into it knowing the budget and knowing the IMDb score was very poor. We were absolutely blown away and super impressed by the quality presented in the acting and the effects.
This movie has gotten a lot of hate for various reasons. The trailer was absolutely terrible, and apparently consulting the forums the makers were suspect of using sockpuppet accounts to upvote this film.
This movie DESERVES good ratings though. We watched several movies after this that had budgets of $1 million+ and at the end of the night, we all agreed that this film blew the rest away. There's a absolutely terrific buildup and a great payoff to a lot of the scares in this movie.
Things I like about this movie:
Seems VERY real compared to most found footage films. Characters are VERY believable, fantastic and underrated actors combined with subtle effects (that are impressive in hindsight) make this seem real. Several chat members watching this movie with me that joined in late asked if this was real.
Uses tropes, but uses tropes incredibly well. Mr. Kellogg absolutely did his research before making this movie. It has several themes present in Blair Witch and other "found footage" movies. However, it takes the formula and polishes it very well. There is a great buildup and arc to the story, and the few things that could be considered jumpscares in this movie have a buildup of their very own and you know they are coming.
Surprisingly disturbing and unsettling imagery. This movie, especially during the climax, is FANTASTIC. The scene of the ghost running down the hall near the end genuinely made me uncomfortable and I loved it. Whoever did the effects for this movie deserves praise. What they did on a $5000 budget is nothing short of a honest to god miracle.
Satisfying ending. I wont spoil it, because this movie deserves to be watched.
What I don't like:
A LOT of screaming, sometimes borderline annoying. Although this in itself made the situations seem more real and believable, one female actor specifically had a very loud and pronounced scream, and due to her frequent screaming my stream chat was being spammed by "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" and emotes during many scenes where she was yelling. Yes, it was so bad it became a f***ing meme.
The camera was very shaky at times and made it hard to appreciate what was going on. Again, this made it seem more real, but at the same time it made it hard to be spooked when you had to squint through camera shaking to see the ghosts. There was a lot of "What the f*** was that" in chat during these scenes, not due to fear but due to genuine confusion due to how hard it was to see during these segments.
One of the female actors was genuinely annoying as a character. Again, she acted very well (all the actors were great at their worst), but she was just annoying, especially once the ghost possession happens to another female character. (Sorry for vague wording but i'm doing my best to spoil this as little as possible).
This is an insanely ambitious and well made movie, but I feel like people aren't giving it a chance due to how, well, REAL it looks. There are a lot of surface level imperfections in regards to it being a film, but thats why its so good. It seems REAL. It doesn't seem like characters reading off a script, it seems like a genuine situation where the camera-work is sometimes very shoddy and the characters have overlapping personalities (Like in real life, where everyone isn't forced into a role).
I applaud Mr. Kellogg, and I cant wait to see more from him. This movie single- handedly restored my faith in indie-horror.
I have visited IMDb for several years, but this movie is the reason I finally made an account. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie.
The scares were spot on. I had frequent bouts of nervous laughter, after I nearly jumped out of my skin. The ghosts were really very spooky. Barely visible, but still menacing nevertheless. It was good that the only times you actually saw the horrifying face was when Lena was strapped in the lobotomy chair, and at the end of the movie with the last victim. The doll was creepy as well, and even got a thanks at the end of the movie, which I thought was pretty amusing.
The director/actor knew exactly what he was doing when he helmed this film, and he was smart to select the crew he did, which also doubled as the cast. They were all professional and worked to make a really scary found footage film.
I think its hard to get a lot of character development in these type of films, so I don't usually decide if i like or dislike the characters..I look more for atmosphere with tense, suspenseful scary moments..and the feeling of it being real...no blatantly 'fake' over the top acting.
However, due to the first 30 minutes of this movie being full of useless chatter, arguing, and over acting, I was really irritated before any of the good (scary) stuff happened . ..there was a little more useless chatter here and there throughout the movie and it gave me the feeling that I couldn't stand these people and I wanted to get the hell away from them. This effected how I viewed the rest of the movie...
The movie had good atmosphere and some scary suspenseful moments, but I didn't really enjoy them due to my continued irritation and dislike of these people.
This movie .. besides the acting which is OK . It doesn't have any real surprise at all.. after reading the reviews i rented this movie .. i should have watched Shining or something else because there is NOTHING new to this film that has not been done. The scary parts were not scary . I waited and waited .. but nothing happened ... And then came (Spoiler) the scene that every person.. no I'll stop writing now ..
But .. to you who are making movies .. PLEASE do something else ... it is sad that every trend that comes you have to rape it (pardon my french). Why the f*-*-* (again . pardon my french) don't u do something new .. This Movie .. which is not all that bad with OK casting .. could have been a lot better . (sorry if my English is bad).
There are a ton of found footage films popping up everywhere and a lot of them leave something to be desired (to say the least). This one definitely could have had some improvements, but as far as the found footage genre it's one of the better ones I've seen. The plot is not really unique, it's been done before, but the actors and effects compliment each other enough to make this movie a surprisingly eerie and creepy film. I was not expecting to get as creeped out as I did. It is definitely worth a watch if you're looking for something to give you the chills. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie and I think it was more successful than disappointing. I'd recommend it for horror buffs, especially fans of the found footage genre.