Horror films are released all the time with most of them failing to accomplish what they hoped for. With pretty much everything you can think of being done at this point it becomes more about being clever, having a great killer, and/or a new twist on the stories. The latest Mischief Night takes on a popular time during the Halloween season, but does it bring anything new to please the hardcore horror hounds?
Mischief Night follows a young woman suffering from psychosomatic blindness ever since a car accident took her mother's life, but now must summon every instinct at her disposal to protect herself and her loved ones from a mysterious intruder. This film follows the pretty standard formula kicking things off with some killing to get you into the mood and ready for the bigger story. After that, things get really slow for quite some time while they try to establish the characters and the tone, but there are some aspects that just feel out of place. Thankfully they are brief and attempt to use them to keep you guessing on who the killer is. Once you get past the slow aspect, the film picks up just enough to keep you entertained for pretty much the rest of the film. There are a few great gore moments, but never really pushes the limits to that level that most fans hope for. They actually take things in more of a suspense direction for much of the film that thanks to the lead character being blind actually works pretty well to make for an entertaining horror/thriller.
There are a few things left unexplained here and there that will probably annoy some, but doesn’t detract from the overall film. This is one of those rare little independent gems that succeed in what it set out to do. It’s not breaking any new ground and has its flaws, but it is one that deserves to be seen.