The Midnight Game (2013) Movie Review

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2013 | R | Horror, Thriller
74 minutes /

User Score: 44/100

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The Midnight Game Review


After playing a pagan ritual on a dare, a group of high school students find themselves trapped in an endless cycle of their worst fears.

The Midnight Game (2013) is an American supernatural thriller that is based on the creepypasta of the same name. Director and co-writer A.D. Calvo (Nine Lives (2006), The Other Side of the Tracks (2008), House of Dust (2013)) did an okay job executing this movie that revolves around urban legend games. Calvo did an amazing job building up the suspense, tension, and thrills. The cast did a fantastic job portraying their character which gave a natural feel to their friendship, does not appear forced. The Midnight Man game is a game that should not be taken too lightly as it requires you to turn out the lights in your entire home, light a candle, and knock on the door 22 times with the final knock occurring directly at midnight. The main goal of the game is to keep your candle lit so that you can avoid the Midnight Man. You will have ten seconds to relight the candle in the event it goes out or the Midnight Man will get you. In the event, the Midnight Man gets you then you will have to live your darkest fears continuously until you die.

The Midnight Game revolves around a group of teens who are alone for the weekend because Kaitlan’s ( Renee Olstead - Still Standing (2002), The Insider (1999), 13 Going on 30 (2004)) mom is away for the weekend. Kaitlan is alone in her home for the weekend and invites her friend Jenna (Valentina de Angelis - Off the Map (2003), Bereavement (2010), Everlasting (2016), Liminality (2005)) who decides to bring Rose with her. Jenna also decides to invite over Shane (Guy Wilson - Days of Our Lives (1965), The Moon and He (2008), Youthful Daze (2012), Little Black Book (2004)) and Jeff. Shane and Jeff show up with beers and soon after suggest for them to play a game he found on the internet, The Midnight Man. The group of teenagers started to play the Midnight Game, but strange things started happening soon after. They have to find a way to save their lives, and the only way they can think of is to replay the game, and hopefully they will get it right. Will they survive with shadows creeping everywhere and with personalities changing?

There was nothing new in this film, but it was still a spectacular movie that delivers well although the film was not scary to the point to make you jump but will definitely make the hairs stand on the back of your neck. The performances from the young cast were excellent, and the eeriness during the entire film can be felt. I would recommend this film to younger viewers.

About The Midnight Game 2013

Title: The Midnight Game
Year: 2013
Runtime: 74 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.15/5 stars from 16 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 16
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Renee Olstead, Shelby Young, Sean Leser, Luz Alexandra Ramos, Valentina de Angelis, Ben Chester, Deborah Twiss, Guy Wilson, Spencer Daniels, Robert Romanus, Susan DeVaney
Writers: A.D. Calvo, Brett A. Calvo, Rick Dahl
Director: A.D. Calvo