Lost After Dark (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | Horror
89 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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Lost After Dark Review


In this clever homage to 80's slasher films, a group of teenagers looking to party get stranded when their ride breaks down, and end up being stalked by a cannibalistic killer.

Lost After Dark (2015) is a Canadian English horror movie that is 89 minutes long and was filmed in Ontario, Canada. Director, executive producer and co-writer Ian Kessner (The Puzzle (1999), Hush Little Baby (2007), Musical Shorts with Debi Mazar (1996)) did an okay job directing Lost After Dark that brings nothing new to the screen, There might be nothing new to the screen but the Ian masters the concept of thrills and frights which makes the movie stand out from others of its kind. I gave the movie a six because of many reasons. The actors did not give a sound performance, and their dialog sometimes appears to be something they just thought up of which makes it believable. I was shocked to see the first death scene because it was unexpected and threw me off a little. I had high hopes for the movie from that point, and it did not deliver although the kill scenes were good not the best.

Lost After Dark is an 80s throwback slasher homage film that revolves around a group of kids looking for a good place to have some fun. Teenager Johnnie, Wesley, Tobe, Sean, Jamie, Heather, Marilyn, and Adrienne stole a school bus and went to a secluded cabin in the woods to have the fun weekend. It is the typical storyline, but the movie was executed fabulously. Something has to go wrong, and that is the school bus breaks down and the teenagers seek refuge in an abandoned farmhouse. The farmhouse was abandoned since 1977 when police officers killed the Joad family who was cannibalistic killers. The teenagers do not know that vice principal Cunningham saw them taking the bus and is now following them. Junior Joad (Mark Wiebe - A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013), Sweet Karma (2009), Pop the Grapes (2013)) also follows the teen and of course is not dead as everyone believed him to be. Junior Joad is not happy that the teenagers are in his family’s farmhouse and the movie practically begins here, and I found myself sitting on the edge of my sofa. The teens are deliberately not killed in the order you think they should be, which might be a spoiler to mention, and that is how Kessner and company keep you on your toes in spite of following a specific formula.

All horror fans should watch this movie with an open mind and know that there are cliche moments in this film but see it for the slasher movie it is. This is by far one of the best slasher throwback movies I have seen in a long time. The comedy was there and lasted long enough for you to smile or laugh and then diverts your attention to the chaos involving the kids fending for their lives. Ian Kessner did a wonderful job with cinematographer Curtis Petersen, the makeup department, sound department and special effect department. The stunts were okay but nothing spectacular, and I love the costumes and music.

About Lost After Dark 2014

Title: Lost After Dark
Year: 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
Starring: Robert Patrick, Jesse Camacho, Alexander Calvert, Rick Rosenthal, Eve Harlow, Michael Vincent Dagostino, David Lipper, Sarah Fisher, Elise Gatien, Stephan James, Justin Kelly, Lanie McAuley, Kendra Leigh Timmins, Mark Wiebe
Writers: Ian Kessner, Bo Ransdell
Director: Ian Kessner