Dark Rising (2007) Movie Review


Dark Rising (2007)

2007 | Horror, Comedy
92 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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Dark Rising Review


A broken heart, a battle axe, a demon and a lesbian ex-fiancée... Jason Parks' life goes from bad to...

Dark Rising (2007), aka Dark Rising: Bring Your Battle Axe (2007), is a 1h 32-min independent Canadian science-fiction comedy horror movie that was shot in Pickering, Ontario, Canada and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Director Andrew Cymek (Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising (2011), Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf (2010), Night Cries (2015)) failed upon executing this movie into being a solid movie from beginning to ending. I gave this film a three because the beginning of this movie was solid and gave me the expectation that I was in for something great but that feeling was quickly diminished.

Dark Rising is about Jason (Landy Cannon - American Psycho (2000), Catwoman (2004), Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising (2011)) who is a guy that is not having such a great life. Jason’s relationship with his fiancee’ Jasmine (Vanessa James) is not doing so well either. He plans a camping trip with their friends in the hopes of winning back Jasmine but things did not go the way he planned as demons intrude and create mayhem.

The movie starts with Vincent (Peter Nelson - What You Eat (2008), The Parting Gift (2007), Magnus Opus (2003)) translating a book that was written in an ancient language. Vincent tucks his little girl Summer Vale (Taylor Barber - Toot & Puddle (2008), Stoked (2009)) into bed while reading the inscription out loud not knowing that he is summoning something that pulled Summer into another world. The credits roll and we saw Renee (Julia Schneider - Beta House (2007), Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising (2011), Final Draft (2007)) Jasmine, and Marlene in a bookstore. Renee is in the bookstore with her friends because she needs a book to decode her nightmares. Jason takes his best friend Ricky (Jason Reso - WWE Raw (1998-2015), WWE Smackdown! (1999-2015), The Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness (2016), Haven (2014-2015)) and their other friends on a camping trip.

I did not see the twist coming with Jasmine and Marlene and did not see one of them dying so quickly. Grown up Summer Vale (Brigitte Kingsley - Frequency (2000), Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising (2011), Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf (2010)) enters the scene and saves them. The movie does not stop there. The actors gave us an average performance, but I felt that their performances could have been better except for Vanessa James who plays Jasmine because she does not have any acting experience. At this point, I am not sure whether to blame the actors for giving us average performance because I bet the week screenplay was not much fun to work with. Maybe the writer and director focused a little too much on the lesbian sexual scenes too much, rather than the rest of the story - well the beginning started out solid.

About Dark Rising (2007)

Title: Dark Rising
AKA: Dark Rising: Bring Your Battle Axe
Year: 2007
Runtime: 92 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 6 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6
Starring: Landy Cannon, Chad Allen, Chadwick Allen, Madelaine Landry, Vanessa Petronelli, Marty Beecroft, Rogue Johnston, Jerry Rosen, Jason Brown, Ron Sparks, Brigitte Kingsley, Julia Schneider, Jack Newman, Peter Nelson, Veronica Hampson, Jason Reso, Vanessa James, Haley Shannon, Taylor Barber, Lara Fenton
Writers: Andrew Cymek
Director: Andrew Cymek

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