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A huge crowd-pleaser at the Film4 FrightFest in 2010, the film the
festival’s organisers called “the coolest, scariest movie from Australia
since Undead”, Damned By Dawn comes to DVD on 7th March
2011 courtesy of Momentum Pictures and is guaranteed to delight horror
movie fans with a yearning for the type of inventive and entertaining
horror-comedy shenanigans not seen since Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy.
The debut feature from writer-director Brett Anstey (Atomic Spitballs),
Damned By Dawn earned itself a ‘Three Skulls’ (out of four) review in
horror movie bible Fangoria, where it was praised as “serious fun…” with
the further proviso, “And you can’t knock a film with flying
Prompted by the arrival of a mysterious package from her terminally
ill grandmother (Dawn Klingberg), Claire (Renee Willner) drags her
reluctant new boyfriend, Paul (Danny Alder), off to meet her family at
their remote country home where she hopes she will discover the
motivations behind the unexpected gift.
Things seem to be going well until Claire’s heavily medicated gran
begins rambling on about a female spirit she is expecting to come in the
night to escort her body into the afterlife. That night, as a violent
thunderstorm rocks the house, the family is awoken by a succession of
piercing, otherworldly shrieks, which prove to be the cries of a
banshee. As the terrifying sounds ring out, the dead are summoned to
rise again, so beginning a waking nightmare for Claire and her family as
the banshee and her army of the undead unleash their fury upon the
Damned By Dawn is about as entertaining as independent horrors movies get, combining shocks, gore and sly wit in equal measure.
Damned By Dawn (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (£15.99) by
Momentum Pictures on 7th March 2011. Special Features include: audio
commentary by director and crew; making of featurette; trailer; optional
English subtitles for the hard of hearing.