When Night Falls – 4

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Director – Alex Galvin

Cast – Tania Nolan, Rosella Hart, Kevin Keys, Sylvia Rands, Gerald Bryan, Alex Galvin, Richard Nichol

Release Year – 2007

Reviewed by John of the Dead

This happens time and time again.  I find a low-budget Indie horror film that shows some premise with its plot, and after a few positive reviews on other sites I decide to give the flick a watch myself, and come out very unsatisfied.  This happened with Death of a Ghost Hunter, The Other Side, and now…When Night Falls.  I guess it is the possible feeling of enjoyment at seeing that a low-budget Indie horror film can be a great watch, but aside from Paranormal Activity I have yet to see that happen again.

Set in 1932, this flick follows a group of nurses employed at the home of a wealthy gentleman.  News is spreading along the countryside that a serial madman is out killing nurses every night, and when deaths within the group of nurses occur around the home they soon realize the killer may be closer to them than they ever imagined.

I liked the idea of this film taking place in 1932.  Most slasher/thriller films we get take place normally from the 70s onto the modern era, so this was a fresh breath in that element.  I also enjoy films that involve a killer hiding within a large home and hacking up all those who inside it one by one…so that had me intrigued as well.  Unfortunately, that is about as interesting as this film gets.

Story-wise this film is a bore to watch.  Absolutely nothing happens until about maybe(if you consider what “happens” as “happening”) 50 minutes into this 79 minute film.  All the “development” we get before this was dull and unsatisfying and really did nothing to move the story in a positive direction.  When the final sequence FINALLY kicks in it is also unsatisfying as it includes a twist I saw coming within the first act of the film, including another twist that I saw coming as well.  Even if a film has a twist you guess way before its debut, if the twist is executed properly then it is usually enjoyable, well…these twists were not executed properly at all.

This flick is the true epitome of independent filmmaking.  Writer/director Alex Galvin had absolutely no prior experience before this film so I must applaud him on doing a better job than most would do without any film experience(aside from maybe home movies he made).  This direction in this film was still poor for the most part, but I will give credit to the guy for not making this an absolute horrid bomb like some other “bigger” directors like…oh…Uwe Bole?!?

Overall, this is a poor watch that I would not recommend to anyone unless you are very easily entertained and can somehow find enjoyment in a film that moves so slow I could have somehow finished “The Stand” before this film’s 79 minute runtime was over.

Rating: 4/10

Comments

  1. Sarah Rowe

    You obviously don’t like (or get) any of the subtlety in this film.
    I found it a beautifully crafted thriller that really aimed itself at an intelligent audience. I really recommend it.
    Here is another review I read which gets all the elements that you clearly missed:
    http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/42868/when-night-falls/

  2. johnofthedead

    Is this Alex Galvin under another pseudonym? Hm?
    I checked the linked review out, but found it really to be the usual “built up” reviews that are made to look nice and sound pretty regardless of film quality itself. After reading a few pompous reviews on other sites it seems this flick has a nice minority of minions praising elements that really are not there…as if they were acting on faith alone.

  3. johnofthedead

    Well that is good that you enjoyed it, I wish I did, I really do. I dislike giving a film a shot and not finding it to be a good watch, but that is just how it is. I have not read a review you have written for the film(if you even wrote one), I was just referring to a few reviews I’ve found that seemed insincere and made up.

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