It seems like more and more horror films are using iconic stars to add name vaue to there value. While that's a great idea it only works if the stars in question are given something do work with.
Horror icons Robert Englud and Lin Shaye star in the Midnight Man, the newest offering from IFC and Scream Factory. It's about the Midnight Game, a game that summons the Midnight Man who forces you to face your greatest fears. It's actually a remake of The Irish filmof the same name.
Beginning in 1953 we meet a group of three young kids in a salt circle. They summon The Midnight Man, and let's say things don't go well. The only survivor is Anna who meet again as the film flashes forward to present day, where Anna is now old and suffers from dementia. Her granddaughter Alex takes care of her now.
One day when Alex goes to the attic looking for a hand mirror she finds and old box with salt, names with blood, and the rules for the Midnight Man game. Anna sees this and blacks out causing Alex to call Dr Hardimh (Robert Englund) who explained what the game is and warns Alex of the dangers. She does ingnore everything she hears and with her two friends plays the game anyway. This triggers The Midnight Man to come and hunt them.
Sort of original, sort of not the film is worth watching. It's nice to see Robert Englund still pop up in films but it would be nice to see him have more screen time. Lin Shaye is also effective as Anna, but once again she is given very little to do here.
With that said The rest of the cast, or should I say main cast does fine. The story is pretty fresh and the effects are quiet nice. It's got a few jump scares and it's a good way to pass 90min.
Scream Factory and IFC have done their usually amazing job with this transfer as the video and audio are great. In fact I believe that the transfer on these films adds to the scares and the picture looks so dark yet crisp it just looks like a horror film. They have also included the original Irish film for you to enjoy as well.
A good film to watch on an evening when you have freinds over. It doesn't break new ground, but it's a good modern horror film that you should check out.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars