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Young Emily Walton, who has suffered from psychosomatic blindness ever since the car accident that took her mother’s life, must summon every instinct at her disposal to protect herself and her loved ones from a mysterious intruder.


“Mischief Night” isn’t something that I’d call good. Hell, it’s not something that I’d use the whole indie horror excuse to move around. If anything, I’d say that the film purposefully tries to fly in the face of convention and it stumbles so hard in the end. Nothing is worse than a horror movie that wants to mean something, but ultimately serves as a sounding block for a production team that is just in the ME TOO market. What tribulations have Bob Shaye and the other horror meisters wrought by showing indie companies the cash that they can make off an awful horror movie.

The killer works this weird supernatural take on Michael Myers that just feels stilted. I don’t care for the setup or how the killer is always around. If anything, what took me further out of the movie was a two minute montage where a chick makes a sandwich. What is that? If I’m watching a horror movie, then why am I watching that? Gore, carnage and spooky atmosphere are my main draws for a cheapie horror tale. Ultimately, what matters is if the story is there. Emily Walton is a blind girl that lives in guilt over her mother’s death. Unfortunately, that central story reveals the problem with the film. Blind handicapped girl in a house in the dark left to cheap devices to make something work.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is par for the course. The Dolby Surround never kicks in a way that I need it to do deliver the jump scares. The film is overly dark, but I’m not sure if it is an aesthetic choice. Ultimately, I’d leave it to the Redbox crowd.


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