Lost After Dark 2015 Review

Lost After Dark 2015

Directed by: Ian Kessner

Starring: Robert Patrick, Jesse Camacho, Kendra Trimmings

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Review by Donny Ybarra (Brothers Grim)

Happy Saturday a SLASH abovers… I am proud to present the first guest post from long time slasher fan and all round knowledgeable guy, Donny Ybarra. You may have seen 456677889897866576788798some of his reviews online and I am happy to have him contribute to the glossy pages of a SLASH above. Here he’s chosen snazzy new killer in the woods flick, Lost After Dark. I am sure that you’ll enjoy his review as much as I did…

There is this current surge of “throwback” horror movies, most are set in the 80’s, with an emphasis on the body count slasher flicks. These particular types of horror films are made to celebrate the “golden age of slashers”, 54566778898999887766767it also happens to be my favorite type of film. These throwback films have become extremely popular lately too, most have been quit successful with finding a cult following. Movies like; Billy Club, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, the Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger, The Sleeper, Scream Park and many more have hit dvd/blu with welcome arms. The aforementioned films go back to simple stories that are big on gore and have some camp appeal, which set themselves apart from the post-Scream teen slasher influences and all of the other trends in horror that have dominated recent years. What I love about this movie is that it is set in 1984, kudos to director Ian Kessner and crew for really demonstrating their knowledge for what makes this year/decade great! From clothing to catch phrases, it’s all there.

Speaking of the 80’s, what sets this film apart from say recent “slashers”, like Unfriended (even though I quit enjoyed it), is that you don’t hate the teens. The teens in LAD are 54566789099877666modeled from some characters you could have most likely  seen in a Friday the 13th/Elm Street sequel. Because you get some character development, you are saddened to see these teens killed, and THAT is what  gives this flick some rewatchability too. In a market that is congested with shaky cam documentary style filmmaking, it was great to get back to classic storytelling that didn’t involve any gimmicks.

Now, on to the meat and bones of the movie…pun intended! The movie starts out with the 6736737838932902902020-2last two surviving members (of what was prolly another group of horny teens with bad decision making skills), fight their way from someone that looks like a Rob Zombie stunt double. This is by no means a bad thing, but a cool mask would have been a great addition to this greasy fella, but more on him later. The opening kill happens on the tail end of the 70’s, luckily for us the movie takes a huge jump to the year of 1984! We are then introduced to the sibling of our dear massacred flower child, Adrienne, who is still waiting for big sister to return home from what everyone thinks was a bad 70’s “trip”. Adrienne and pops have a touching moment before lil sis goes back to the plan her and her buds concocted, which consisted of swiping the keys to the family cabin for the weekend. The plot from this point on is fairly straightforward, kids sneak a bus out from Principle Mr.C (who is played respectively by Robert Patrick), and get stranded without gas on their way to the cabin. As the kids make their way around, dare I say, lost after dark, they come across the Joad house. One thing 7647638738729829820982092to keep in mind is, Junior Joad hates visitors!

JJ (as the kids should have called him), is a long haired cannibal creeper, which I always enjoy. Nothing says terror like happening across a psycho in the woods that happens to eat his victims and then adds their remains to a personal victory alter. Ian Kessler should be proud, he created a character that I say fits nicely in between the killer mutant from Humongous and Madman Marz from Madman. He grunts and talks in a muffled manner that is very reminiscent of some one that spent way too much time in the woods by themselves. Our dear JJ has quit the arsenal of weaponry too! He takes out all the 673763783892982092092-02cool guys and gals with bear traps and pickaxes, he gives good blood splatter! One kill involving broken glass and an eyeball made me squirm, and that’s hard to do for this seasoned slasher fan! Fulci would definitely be proud!

One by one the kids are taken out in gory ways, chase sequences ensue and it all ends in a way that makes you want a sequel. Some highlights from the film involve a hilarious “reel missing” sequence that was pretty funny. Another groovy thing is from time to time the picture of the movie would crack or a scratch would appear, it wasn’t overdone so that was a plus. My favorite thing about the movie is that who you 7647638738729829829822think will be the “final girl/guy”, sadly will not be. This movie did a good job of keeping the kills unpredictable. I won’t say if there is a survivor, but I will say I was quit pleased with the end, despite is 53653782899029020920-20-2seeming a tad rushed.

In a movie market that is congested with shaky cam documentary style filmmaking, it was great to get back to classic storytelling that didn’t involve any gimmicks. There are some great shots of the interiors of the house and the unique display of “artwork” from the killer, think Leatherface but with an eye for installation art. All those add up to a worthy “throwback” slasher that actually succeeds at throwback! Give it a spin, it’s pretty RAD!

Thanks to Ed Peters for sending me a screener from Anchor Bay Entertainment, I really enjoyed it!

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RATING: a-slash-above-logo11a-slash-above-logo11a-slash-above-logo11

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Posted on October 3, 2015, in Guest Post, Slasher and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I can’t wait to see this!

  2. Love this site i’ve been reading your review dor over a year. Just wanted to finally make my first post and say that this movie was fantastic. So good that after I rented it (Yes some of us still do this) I just had to buy a copy and lucky for me our local mom and pop video store had a few for sale.

    I now own over 50 80s Slashers on DVD and Blu Ray. And i’d say more then half of them were films I hadn’t heard of before until I read your reviews.

    Keep up the awesome work 🙂

    • Hi Jason – thanks so much for the kind words, I set up the site to help people expand their collections, so it gives me great pleasure when I hear first hand that it’s true! 50 slashers is s good collection, I hope that I can help you to source some more

  3. I actually just preordered the Arrow Video releases of “Blood Rage” and “The Mutilator” and also preordered the Special Edition of Killer Workout. I just recieved “Deadly Blessing” (Great underrated Craven film) and American Gothic (Didn’t enjoy this one at all)

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