Ask anybody about urban legends or myths that were circulated when they were in high school, and I’ll bet you get an interesting variety of answers. I can think of at least three that went around when I was in junior high. I even remember going to parties where one or two people always wanted to turn out the lights, shine a flashlight into a mirror, and try to summon the ghost of a girl who died years ago. Stories like these abound, but that’s all they are: just stories. Right?
Wrong. This is the premise behind Anchor Bay’s latest horror release, THE MIDNIGHT GAME. In this film, an urban legend comes to life with horrifying consequences, and the result is a wildly entertaining flick that will have you begging for daylight.
If you are not familiar with THE MIDNIGHT GAME, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay:
Renee Olstead of The Secret Life of the American Teenager stars as a partying teen whose friends decide to perform an ancient pagan ritual found online called The Midnight Game: Candles are lit. A drop of blood is spilled. Your worst fear is confessed and an entity is summoned. But if the rules are not followed exactly, punishment is promised. Tonight, the game is not being taken seriously. A demonic horror has been unleashed. And now, even daylight cannot stop the nightmares that may destroy them all. Shelby Young (American Horror Story), Guy Wilson (Days Of Our Lives), Valentina de Angelis (Gossip Girl) and Spencer Daniels (Mom) co-star in this eerie chiller inspired by true events.
A few months ago, I reviewed another film from director A. D. Calvo titled HOUSE OF DUST. It was very good, and I enjoyed it…however, Calvo topped it and then some with THE MIDNIGHT GAME. This film is genuinely scary and does not rely on cheap gimmicks or shock value. If you watch this film (and I highly recommend that you do), be ready to jump and bite your fingernails; it is that good!
This film is shot well and looks great onscreen. The opening credits sequence is haunting and very effective for setting the dark tone of the film. Likewise, the musical score is superb and creates a chilling atmosphere for the horror to unfold.
The acting in THE MIDNIGHT GAME is very good as well. The whole cast does a great job in their roles, however I have to point out Renee Olstead specifically; she gives the most believable performance for me, and I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.
There are not many special effects to speak of in this film, however there are some great makeup effects used. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to give anything away, but they are certainly original and look great. You definitely need to watch the film to appreciate the talent.
THE MIDNIGHT GAME is a definite win for me, and I highly recommend it to horror fans everywhere. The plot may be a simplistic concept, but this film will scare the hell out of you. It hits store shelves next week, so make a note to give it a look for sure.