One of my favorite decades for film and music has always been the 1980’s especially for the horror genre. That is why when I saw that today’s film, Lost After Dark, was a homage to the 80’s, I had to see it. Adrienne (Kendra Leigh Timmons) hasn’t been able to enjoy her teenage years since he sister disappeared some years back. One weekend, her father finally willingly allows her to go to a sleepover for the weekend, but what he doesn’t realize is that Adrienne and her friends are going to his hunting cabin for the weekend. While on the way to the cabin, the bus runs out of gas and the kids run into a cannibalistic killer who won’t stop until they are all dead. The film also stars Sarah Fisher (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Laurie, Jesse Camacho (Kick-Ass 2) as Tobe, Elise Gatien (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) as Jamie, Justin Kelly (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Sean, Stephan James (When The Game Stands Tall) as Wesley, Eve Harlow (The Tall Man) as Marilyn, Lanie McAuley (Motive) as Heather, Alexander Calvert (Scream: The TV Series) as Johnnie, Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) as Mr. C, Mark Wiebe (Sweet Karma) as Junior Joad, David Lipper (Full House) as Adrienne’s Dad, and the film was directed by Ian Kessner (The Puzzle).
I loved horror films from the 80’s whether they were cheesy or not and I am starting to love seeing all the horror guys paying homage to the decade. I thought Lost After Dark was an OK film and I say that because it had the right idea, but it just didn’t execute as well. There were little inconsistencies within the film like the Mr. Big Lean Into It cassette that they put into the player. The album came out in 1991, the film is set in 1984. Is no one into Van Halen at all within this group because they were huge and the hair metal scene was starting to catch on at this point. The acting in the film was OK even from Robert Patrick who sounded too robotic in the film like he was trying to read the lines but didn’t believe in them. The killer was OK looking, he just looked like a homeless guy with a beard and really bad teeth. The hairstyles were pretty spot on for the most part so they get kudos for that. The one thing that I did like is that who you expect to be a survivor is not a survivor. They throw you for a loop as to who could possibly be the one who gets to live. That was something that I enjoyed about the film. One thing that bothered me too was that you get the legend of the killer and his past after the film is almost over. What is the point of that unless you plan to release a sequel? Hey at least they went out there and they tried their best . I am going to give the film an C+ for a final grade.