Making the main character in a horror movie blind is something unique. But the direct-to-DVD release “Mischief Night,” which became available on Dec. 17, doesn’t do anything else with the film. It’s a by-the-numbers stalker film and the fact that she is blind doesn’t create any kind of tension. Instead, the viewer is left bored as the killer constantly antagonizes the protagonist.
Emily (Noell Coet) suffers from psychosomatic blindness after a car accident that left her mother dead. She and her father move to a new area to start a new life. One night, her father goes out on a date, and Emily is left home alone. The date is Oct. 30, and that is known as Mischief Night – a night in which people, you guessed it, cause mischief around town. Some teens find it funny to egg a person’s house, while others toss toilet paper around the yard. But one person has decided to take it to the extreme and goes on a killing spree. Emily might soon be the killer’s next victim.
When Emily tries to escape from the killer, she runs straight into an empty field. Remember, she is blind, and she is new to the area. So, how does she know that there is an empty field, and how does she know how far to run? And then the killer catches up with her, and she runs back into the field and back to her home. Again, it’s a bit far-fetched to make it so coincidental that she managed to find her way into town and back, without any missteps, and she’s blind.
The killer does see Emily, but he decides to play along with the fact that she is blind. Instead of just killing her, he teases her – getting super close to her while she is completely unaware. Shouldn’t the first rule of being the killer be to kill all victims? If you decide to make it a game, you could wind up killed yourself.
Coet is a good actress, and she does fairly well here, but “Mischief Night” is just another generic slasher film with an incredibly predictable ending.