31 Days of Horror 2018: Day 2- The Midnight Man

Posted October 2, 2018 by Thomas James Juretus in Nerdy Bits

It’s Day 2 of our trek through terrifying cinema, and today’s entry is The Midnight Man. The film was first released in Canada in 2016, but didn’t see a US release until this year. The film opens in 1953, with a group of three friends playing a game. Things don’t end well, and we move forward to the present day in the same house. The house is home to Alex (Gabrielle Haugh) and her grandmother, Anna (Lin Shaye, of the Insidious franchise). Alex cares for her grandmother, and invites her friend Miles (Grayson Gabriel) over to keep her company. The two teens go to the attic, where they discover a mysterious box. Naturally, them being teens and this being a horror film, they open the box, discover it’s a game, and begin playing. This, of course, unleashes the demonic force known as The Midnight Man (Kyle Strauts). Things go downhill from there, with the pair eventually involving a more urban legend savvy friend, Kelly (Emily Haine), as well as Anna’s physician, Dr. Harding (Robert Englund), who knows a thing or two about The Midnight Man. 6.5/10 stars

The film does a half decent job of maintaining an air of suspense throughout, and offers some nice gore effects, but most horror movie veterans will spot the twists and turns coming well before their reveal. The Midnight Man himself does have a bit of a twisted personality, and the make-up effects for him are good, though not sure how well he will be remembered in years to come as a member of the pantheon of horror film villains. The cast does do a decent job in their respective roles (Lin Shaye is always a joy to watch, and it’s nice to see Englund here in a “good guy” part), and director Travis Zariwny (Cabin Fever) does a nice job at moving the story along. The scares are minimal, but it’s still somewhat entertaining and worth a look. Now showing on Hulu and available on Blu-ray/DVD.

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