1.5 out of 10
Release date: 27th March 2017 (DVD premiere)
Director: Drew Casson (Hungerford)
Cast: Drew Casson, Bethan Mary Leadley, Cherry Wallis, Tom Scarlett, Sam Carter, Mark Cusack, Jamie Paul, Mawaan Rizwan, Jesse Cleverly, Stuart Ashen, Sarah Perugia, Georgia Bradley
Writer: Drew Casson and Jesse Cleverly
Trailer: THE DARKEST DAWN
Director, writer and actor of this sci-fi The Darkest Dawn, Drew Casson does have some talent. His low-budget special effects are amazing for the amount of budget they had to play with. He really should have concentrated on this area rather than trying to be all things to all film fans because he crashes and burns in all over departments. As a director, film actor and writer he’s fucking crap. This highly derivative, cringy, awful sci-fi is is emblematic of everything that’s wrong with low-budget filmmaking. Talentless divs, who clearly don’t know a thing about storytelling getting hold of a camera and some mates to give themselves the illusion their working on something worthwhile. Remarkably, this is the break-out result of a YouTube series of shorts and the second in the Hungerford trilogy. Hungerford is only availble online at the moment, so its a strange decision for GiltMedia to release it on DVD without the first installment.
This sequel, begins with new leads, sisters Chloe (BETH MARY LEADEN) and Sam (CHERRY WALLIS) who are survivors of an ongoing alien attack. The bugs jump out of alien spaceships and turn their prey into zombies (I think). They run into the main characters from part one led by Drew Casson’s Cohen, and a few others who are looking for Adam’s (TOM SCARLETT) sister. They go on a hunt across Berkshire looking for her, avoiding detection from the bugs, zombies and hostile survivors.
The acting is uniformly terrible from all except for Tom Scarlett, who shows some promise. The script and the scenarios are disastrous and as I said cringy and awful. You’ll not hear dialogue as rotten as this for a long time. Casson makes the UK’s answer to Uwe Boll, Steven M Smith look like David Mamet. Characters flit in and out, with the mood swings of a 14 year-old. Supposedly smart characters act stupid, sensitive characters act selfishly, and it’s possibly a candidate for the worst end of the world film I’ll ever watch. If it wasn’t for the very good special effects – depicting invading space ships, collapsing buildings, smashed vehicles, The Darkest Dawn would be scoring minus points. It’s straight-to-camera addresses by the main character, Chloe, are an embarrassing assortment of unrealistic confessions and badly written messages to their missing mother. A tired device that baffles all the more as it never seems to lose charge and is largely indestructable. Before kids like this make any films in the future they should find a writer, find some really good actors and rehearse for weeks to get the performances nailed before subjecting film fans to yet another amateur hour special. The pursuit for fame is littered with these have-a-go-bellends wasting our time with their shit passion projects. Tiresome, atrocious and a real bunch of bullshit.
1.5 out of 10 – Impressive, cheap special effects are all there is to recommend in this copy-cat homage to way better end of the world movies. Unbelievably, this is a sequel to something someone somewhere thought was worth following up. Total shit.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Drew Casson: Hungerford (dir)
- Tom Scarlett: Hungerford
- Sam Carter: Hungerford
- Mark Cusack: Hungerford
- Georgia Bradley: Hungerford