Toxic Fletch Movie Review: Lost After Dark (2015)

Lost After Dark (2015) – Canada – Horror – Rated R

Directed by Ian Kessner

Starring: Elise Gatien, Jesse Camacho, Kendra Leigh Timmins, Justin Kelly, Eve Harlow, Stephan James, Lanie McAuley, Alexander Calvert, David Lipper, Sarah Fisher, Mark Wiebe, Robert Patrick


A retro slasher flick set in the 80s succeeds in having the look and feel of a genuine 80s slasher flick with some creative touches to boot.


Adrienne and her fellow high school friends are sneaking off for the weekend to use her father’s cabin for some fun and sex. They steal a school bus during a high school dance and make their way toward the cabin but run out of gas. Finding an old abandoned house that looks like it belongs in a horror movie provides a place for them to stay, but they soon discover this book can be judged by its cover as they are being stalked by a killer.


If someone didn’t know better, barring recognizing any of the actors, it would appear this movie were an actual 80s slasher movie. The music, the vehicles used, Adrienne’s home, the school, even down to the black guy wearing a comb in his ‘fro, they paid attention to a lot of detail to make it look genuine. They even throw in occasional scratches on the film, lens flare, and a burnout for that authentic look.


The story is not any different from a hundred slasher movies from the 80s. A group of teenagers are out at night on their way to party and have sex and instead run into a killer whose family tree most likely has never branched. The story itself is also the weakest part of the movie as, with any 80s slasher flick, it takes its time getting to the eventual killings.


There are several creative touches to this. Don’t get comfortable with thinking you know who the protagonist of the story is. The first kill is an absolute shock you will not see coming, and at that point anyone is fair game as the next victim. In addition to the burnout I mentioned before they use another glitch in the movie which actually allows them to introduce a plot twist.

A not so creative touch, like so many horror and especially slasher movies, is this one takes place entirely at night and some scenes can be a little on the dark side. I watched the movie from a DVD on my laptop which could account for some of the scenes being a little difficult to make out. Watching it on a TV screen is advised over a laptop.


Robert Patrick adds a bit of humor by playing the typical 80s Vietnam vet turned gung ho teacher, in this case it’s gung ho vice-principal, and he has fun chewing the scenery with this character interestingly named Mr. Cunningham or Mr. C. Most of the rest of the characters are stereotypical for the time period as well.


A bit of warning for anybody who is disturbed by animal cruelty scenes, this may be one you want to skip. The scene does not show anything, so there is no actual animal cruelty, but it is implied and brutal at that, and probably will stick with you during the rest of the movie.


My Rating: 4 Fingers


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Voltage Brings “Standoff” to AFM

EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures arrives at the AFM with international rights to the thriller Standoff starring Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.


The Last House On The Left writer Adam Alleca directs from his own screenplay.


Standoff centres on a grieving combat veteran played by Jane who offers shelter at his farmhouse to an orphan on the run from Fishburne’s sadistic assassin. Paradigm represents US rights.


Glacier’s Tove Christensen is producing alongside Lee Clay, Eric Gozlan and Michael Wexler. The project is in post.


Christensen’s American Heist starring Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen premiered recently in Toronto where Saban Films acquired North American rights.


Voltage Pictures’ AFM slate features action title Blunt Force Trauma with Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke and the Cabin Fever remake.


The sales roster includes sci-fi thriller Prisoner Of War, which Voltage is producing with Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and 42’s Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh, and Fathers And Daughters directed by Gabriele Muccino and starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul and Diane Kruger.


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Blu-Ray Review: “Lost After Dark” (2014)

If you are a fan of slasher films, I have a feeling you would agree that the best slasher flicks came out back in the 1980’s.  Apparently director Ian Kessner  realizes this as well, as he has turned back the clock and made his very own 1980’s slasher film!   Here is the basic plot of LOST AFTER DARK courtesy of the Anchor Bay website:


Spring Ball, 1984.  Adrienne (Kendra Timmins, Midnight Sun, “Wingin’ It”), a straight-A student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem.  The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road.  They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help, but instead find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad (Mark Wiebe, Sweet Karma), a cannibal killer from an urban legend. After the brutal murder of one of their friends, the group’s quest for help becomes one of survival. Will anyone survive the night?


If you think they don’t make good slasher films these days, think again.  I for one am getting very bored with all the possession and paranormal horror films that have been dominating the horror genre for the last few years.  I miss the good ‘ol slasher films from my childhood growing up in the 80’s.    Luckily, thanks to LOST AFTER DARK you can re-visit the glory days of the slasher film.


The filmmakers did a remarkable job getting the 80’s feel to the film.   I loved all the clothes, the hair, and even the girl on the bus playing with the Rubik’s Cube!   I also liked the slight grainy look to the film, reminding you of the days of watching films at the theater that were not presented in a crisp, digital display.  But, don’t think that the 80’s setting and look is just a gimmick for this film.  The film itself is a very smart and stylish slasher flick, with some great kills and gore.  It would have stood on it’s own as a great slasher film even if set in modern times.  I think the throwback to the 80’s just added one more element of fun for this film.


One thing to note for sure was the acting.  I thought most all of the actors did a great job. I especially liked seeing Robert Patrick  as the tough guy principle.


I highly recommend this one.  LOST AFTER DARK is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment.


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Lost in the ’80s

The horror genre seems to be remembering its roots this year, as many films harken back to the ‘golden age’ of the slasher when acting and sometimes plots came second to a great kill scene.


Behold, Lost After Dark, a shameless throwback set in the 80’s leaving a group of horny teenagers in peril at a seemingly abandoned farm house.


It may take some cues from the Wrong Turn series, but Lost After Dark is definitely a child of the 80’s with plenty of homages to the Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre series.


Add to the mix Robert Patrick, in one of his funniest roles ever, as the High School principal who runs the school like a military boot camp and you have a perfec blend of horror and comedy.


For me the best kind of horror films have that perfect mesh of horror and comedy and Lost After Dark gets the balance just right, with some genuine tension alongside some good laughs.


Couple this with a genuinely scary killer hunting our protagonists and you have a very fun 80 minues or so in store.


It’s been a great year for the genre so far with Tales of Halloween, Christmas Horror Story and The Final Girls all exceeding expectations, now we can also add Lost After Dark to this distinguised group.


So sit back and enjoy the ride.


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