2 Jun 2014

Review - 'Mischief Night (2013)' Vs. 'Mischief Night (2014)' But Which is Better?

Okay so I went to watch this film right, and I had already watched the trailer for it in order to get a general idea of what it was I was about to watch. Upon noticing this what not the film I had seen in the trailer, I had also noticed that it wasn't the film that I thought it was in no way shape or form; in fact the film was so different that I then went straight away to watch the intended Mischief Night, and what did I get? Two film experiences neither worth my time, both with titles that are so bad it was shocking that there are more than just one named after it. What's my solution? Do a back-to-back review, because wasting my time on reviewing them separately is something that would induce me into a coma, and the thought of having to relive one of the them in particular hurt so much I thought I needed a prostate examination.

Before I move on to the reviewing, might I just add how similar the films posters are, seriously it's bad enough them have the same pathetic title but to have almost identical posters is enough to give me anxiety. The gloves, the mask, the hooded black figure, the deadly weapon, the cliche stances and the god awful taglines. Oh my, all too much, I can feel the room spinning, I am going to have an anxiety attack. Anyways, here are the reviews for Mischief Night and Mischief Night... Brownie points goes to that whom can understand what i'm talking about. Good luck!

Mischief Night (2013)

Mischief Night (2013) follows the story of a young girl who, due to a tragic accident that killed her mother when she was young is blind, and on the eve of Halloween known as Mischief Night, she begins to get terrorized by a masked figure who invades her home, but Emily proves to be a bigger fight than expected.

Schenkman (the Director) boasts some impressive direction, mostly revolving around the unconventional concept in which a blind woman becomes victimized; but among this strike of gold is a very prolonged serious of cliched events that completely cripple the film, stopping it from ever reaching out and trying some different. The story does just that, but it plays out like a lousy attempt at a You're Next set-up.

The casts enthusiasm is enlightening given the budget of the film, but from the awful duet at the beginning to the less-than-convincing performance from the central actress from then on in makes for an unconvincing piece of film work that feels more student than studio. Although the effects can be admirable, the rest just feels cheap and tacky.

Some might take joy in Mischief Night (2013), but ultimately it's too tedious and lifeless to inject any fear or interest into the unlucky participant who decided to watch it; it's only a matter of time before you find a killer standing staring at a woman with a lack of eyesight as she struggles to make her way around her own house amusing, or even scary. It's home invasion at its weakest, and definitely at its most inept.

Mischief Night (2014)

Moving on to the less known, more intact yet equally as dumb Mischief Night, that's approach is something to be admired yet the delivery is something to hate. This Mischief Night (Directed by Travis Baker starring Brooke Ann Smith and Malcolm McDowell) takes place during the eve of Halloween on the predictable night of Mischief (surprise surprise) in which a young babysitter is stalked and attacked by a masked man, but soon after the blonde babysitter and the victimizer equally begin to start to develop romantic feelings for each other.

No, you did not read that wrong, that actually is the plot for Baker's Mischief Night, which plays out like a poor man's Warm Bodies for the slasher sub-genre. Perhaps I am wrong for strongly disliking a film that turns against everything we love as horror fans and plays with the things we hate to see in such a film. Too much romance and not enough goremance (terrible pun, I know), Mischief Night establishes its twistedly devious plot without fleshing it out, leaving a narrative so deprived of logic and originality that it feels as hollow as a pumpkin by a doorstep.

Baker boasts its impressive twists along with its impressive cast, but after the effect has worn off come 40 minutes in you find yourself watching a cliched hybrid that finds strength in neither the horror or the romance. In saying this, Mischief Night flashes an effective first 20 minutes that despite feeling like it was pulled directly from Scream sets up the films fun tone, not to mention some witty turn of events that were entertaining enough to work past the overall standard.

Many will enjoy Mischief Night for its twisted take on a tedious sub-genre, but people like myself will find it both forced and failed, neither presenting a sufficient take on the horror genre or on the romance genre. On the upside, the performances are strong enough to endure and the humor is quick regardless of its multiple failed attempts.

Overall, both Mischief Night 2013 and 2014 prove to be almost equally terrible, although Baker's version boasts several impressive twists that are easy to admire, therefore Mischief Night (2014) proved to be the best of a seriously bad bunch. Note to future directors: calling your horror Mischief Night may just be a curse; something more original might benefit.

1 comment:

  1. That first Mischief Night was a major piece of shit! The second Mischief Night was kind of cool.



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