LOST AFTER DARK
Lost After Dark is not a film out there radically deconstructing the genre or doing anything to reinvent it. It is not parodying, puncturing the cliches or anything of the sorts (as you keep expecting it to do), it just holds an affection for the original films. Moreover, it all is conducted in complete straight-face. The only scene that seems a little too self-consciously jokey is when Ian Kessner appropriates the missing reel gag from Grindhouse (2007) during one attack scene. The most overt piece of fanservice is having the characters named after classic slasher films where the guys have the names of the directors and the girls the lead actresses Halloween (1978)s John (Johnnie) Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis (who here has a sister named Laurie), Fridays the 13th (1980)s Sean S. Cunningham and Adrienne King, and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)s Wes Craven and Heather Langenkamp, . Rick Rosenthal, the director of Halloween II (1981), also makes a cameo as the sheriff right at the end.
Lost After Dark never pretends to be anything more than a solid and well made slasher homage to the heyday of the slasher film. You might point to another intended slasher homage of recent Hatchet (2006) and in particular its sequels. Where the Hatchet series seems determined to drench the screen in extremes of blood and gore to the extent that the sequels ended up experiencing censorship difficulties, Ian Kessner maintains relative restraint. Rather than gore, he focuses on creating solid characters and a well-made film. One of the biggest jolts is [PLOT SPOILERS] when the film creates Kendra Lee Timmins as the initial point-of-view character where she seems to be written with the intention of being the Final Girl only for the big shock to instead be that she becomes one of the earliest victims.
The film does a fair job of replicating the pop culture of the era with Rubiks Cubes, ghetto blasters and walkmans (although a 1984 date did seem just a little early to have characters appreciating rap). The only thing that is missing in terms of this paying homage to the classic slasher film is the lack of gratuitous nudity.
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