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CREATURE OF DARKNESS
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Mark Stouffer

Starring:
Devon Sawa
Sanoe Lake
Matthew Lawrence

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A bunch of young people go camping in the woods. They soon find themselves facing a deadly alien that likes to bring home humans for show and tellÖ or something like that? I say, let him have these losers.
Is it good movie?
I guess Iíll start with a compliment or two. Sadly, this is a tough one, because Creature of Darkness is pretty awful. But with that, I respected that they were attempting to make a cool little B-movie with a sort of Ray Harryhausen feel. The alien that is hunting a bunch of dim young people looks kind of cool. I really liked the design, but there was not a single moment where I felt that it was utilized well. But I digress; Iím starting with the positive. The other charm in this is the idea behind it. Sure it feels a bit like Predator, but at least the film attempted to be more than simply a stalk and slash in the woods. So it wasnít all terrible... but it was really bad just the same. I also dug the title, but it just wasnít enough.

Starting off with several young people, including Devon Sawa (Final Destination), we find a group of kids roughing it in the woods. One of the guys, Andrew (Sawa), is suffering from some bad nightmares and such. He is apparently facing his fear by coming back to this place. Although none of it happened to him, it involves his uncle or something like that. But this little story is hardly important in the grand scream of things. In fact, each and every story and relationship here is so badly strewn together, that it really sort of becomes a simple stalk and slash. And not even a scary one. Each one of these characters is a complete moron (and/or) asshole. Donít get me wrong, sometimes slasher films donít need a ton of character development, but there is absolutely nothing making any of these guys worth your time. Much of the time, when given a chance to help one of their buddies, they just turn and run and cry. These people are downright idiots.

Writer, director and producer Mark Stouffer takes every clichť that horror has to offer, and uses it to no avail. The suspense is non-existent, and the kills are the same. Aside from one bloody corpse with ripped off arms and legs, this is very light on the sauce. As for the look of the film, it is really hard to get excited by what we do see. And yes, we see too much of the creature, too early on. And the odd Harryhausen style just didnít work (although it was kind of fun to see it used in a recent release). The editing, the script, the performances and yes, the special effects fail to deliver any enthusiasm. This is a lackluster monster feature that just didnít work. It is also sad to see Devon Sawa, who just a few years back seemed to be one of the brightest stars in the horror world. While he isnít bad here, it is a shame to see him doing such uninspired work.

The title and the story seemed filled with promise. Or maybe Creature of Darkness simply sounded like a kick arse tune from Metallica or Megadeth. But the final product with its sloppy editing and weak storytelling just feels like a Sy Fy Channel rejectÖ oh, then again maybe not. Come on Devon, letís get you back in some better films!
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The Extras
This screener only included a Trailer.
Last Call
Creature of Darkness is a mishmash of ideas with a sort of creepy looking monster, until you see him move. But aside from a cool title and what could have been an intriguing idea, this is just a dull flick that meanders around without a single character to really root for. I could forgive the special effects if the script had been better and the editing had been a little stronger. But Iím sorry to say, youíre best to be kept in the dark when it comes to this creature feature.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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