About six months ago I received a contact message through this site from a director named Allen Kellogg. He was plugging a sequel to a Found Footage film he had released in 2011 named 7 Nights of Darkness.
He pointed out to me that I had not covered this 2011 release and I agreed – I had not even seen it!
So I eagerly awaited instruction on how to watch this movie for review purposes…but it didn’t come!
At the end of the day I love it when directors get in contact with me but I do actually require one thing before reviewing – the film itself!
Simply put – I ain’t paying for it!
Anyway, a subscriber to this site sent me a link to the film last week and I finally got to see it. Here we go…
A group of six lucky contestants are picked to spend 7 nights inside an abandoned building named Madison Seminary.
There’s a million bucks up for grabs to those contestants left inside the spooky building after the seventh night.
Over the 7 night period the contestants are required to film everything they do ( except for toilet breaks obviously! ) and complete various tasks. If these guidelines are not stuck to the million dollar baby becomes void.
It’s ain’t long before the spooky shit starts to kick in – who has the guts to remain there for the full seven nights?
Sometimes I’m quite amazed at the amount of Found Footage haters who basically live on IMDb. I think they sit there all day long waiting for a new FF title to pop up so they can have a smash at it!
7 Nights of Darkness is not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but it was put together with the measly sum of $5,000 (estimated).
But the wise old heads that frequent IMDb have only given this film a 3.9 rating ( at the time of writing this review ). That’s an average score from 731 users?
I mean come the f##k on!!!!!
I wish these idiots would piss off back under a rock to watch the Twilight Saga or something – why give them a platform to voice their opinions if they have no idea what a low budget film is?
This is NOT a bad film.
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this film but the $5000 seems to have been spent really well. I was able to sit through it from start to finish and look forward to the next scene.
Kellogg as a director does a nice job of working well within his budget and I applaud some of the ‘atmospheric’ horror scenes he was able to put together.
The actors were all low-grade but they knew exactly what they were supposed to be doing – their reactions and general demeanor was spot on throughout the film!
If I had to pick out one irritant from the film I would say that it’s probably a handful of script lines that Kellogg gave his own character ( yes he plays Carter in the movie! ).
At times he seemed a little cardboard when a spooky situation crept in – “don’t go in there”, “you shouldn’t go in there”, “wait, wait”, “stop, don’t go in there”…
Okay! Okay! We get it – don’t go in the f##king room or something bad ass will happen!
Other than that I really couldn’t find anything wrong with the film – in fact I actually enjoyed it!
If you’re an indie filmmaker with a $5000 budget I’d definitely suggest checking this film out for a few pointers.
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