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December 2009

Silent Bloodnight

cast: Robert Cleaner, Vanessa Vee, Mike Vega, Christine Dune, and Alexander Fennon

writers and directors: Stefan Peczelt and Elmar Weihsmann

86 minutes (18) 2008
widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Brain Damage DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 2/10
review by James A. Stewart

Silent Bloodnight

Wow! This is a new low. Silent Bloodnight is a badly plotted, acted and directed teen-slasher flick. It has all the virtues of a dose of the jack and all of the joy of the curing process for said STD.

The film is Austrian-made and appears to have a budget made up entirely of money-back coupons. The first bizarre, and perhaps most horrific, thing one notices about Silent Bloodnight is the farcical situation whereby the movie is Austrian made, cast and crew, and location, but the dialogue is all done in English. Why? It sounds like some sort of Arnie cult gone wrong.

The end result of this is that we have poor and fragmented delivery of an already poor script. The acting ends up seeming as if it is pitiable when it may have been pretty good in the Germanic tongue native to the country of production. Alas. I do have a modicum of sympathy with the actors here. That said, the film is basically garbage. The story is just too boring and predictable to recount, but I'll try. Bullies do bad things. Killer goes on loose. Lots of flesh is displayed. Last ditch rescues ensue. Bloody killings happen. And repeat until killer snared. The end.

As the film progresses the horror becomes rather predictable and not scary at all. The repeated disembowelments are neither original nor gory enough for serious horror lovers; albeit you will still watch through the gaps in your fingers for all the wrong reasons. What is most worrying is that we see many great low-budget, independent movies coming out of Europe. This undermines the industry in many ways. As does the titillation card played endlessly by the directors. Only so much nudity can distract the viewer from the awfulness of the background story.

Silent Bloodnight gets 2/10 purely by virtue of the fact that I am waiting on that 1/10 movie coming along. This may have been it but my eyes were perhaps too sore to realise.



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