I’ve seen many films that claim to pay homage to the classic slasher flicks of the 80s, but few of them do the genre justice. Many are weak attempts that rehash what we’ve already seen with little flair or ambition. But every once in a while, a film comes along that captures the heart and soul of this beloved class. Such is the case with Anchor Bay’s recent release, LOST AFTER DARK. A true labor of love, this film sets the standard for homage films, and I highly recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of good horror.
If you are not familiar with LOST AFTER DARK, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:
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?
I have to tell you: I loved this movie from the start. It is set in 1984, and it actually feels like it was shot in that year. This aspect truly impressed me, as many films claim to have an air as such, but they then fall short. LOST AFTER DARK succeeds where those films fail.
LOST AFTER DARK is shot very well and looks excellent onscreen. The film-style has a vintage look, complete with grainy images and tiny blemishes on the ‘film’ itself. I love this, as it adds to the nostalgia, and it helps give the film a sort of credibility as a slasher.
The acting is top notch, as well. I did not recognize anybody in the cast, but they all do a great job bringing these high school stereotypes to life.
LOST AFTER DARK feels like THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. It has truckloads of intensity and some great gore, to boot. Even if the film was set in modern day, it would still be effective as a slasher. I love this movie, and I highly recommend giving it a shot. It is available now in a variety of formats.