The Darkest Dawn tells the story of two teenage girls trying to survive an alien apocalypse in a style akin to The Blair Witch Project. It’s quite easy to feel somewhat sceptical about the film considering all of the Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity knock-offs that have plagued cinematic history over the past 15 years. The Darkest Dawn is not one of them. The plot uses the almost clichéd found footage style of filming to bring an interesting narrative told in a perspective often ignored: an innocent sixteen-year-old girl who uses her camera as a means to cope with her ongoing trauma. It’s refreshing to see a plot from writers willing to toy with their characters and the audiences in a way that makes you question who’ll survive minute by minute. This is aided by the acting by all of the cast in a way that would win over even the most cynical audience members. Their dedication to the project and the use of an acting coach really pays off to bring an entertaining and gripping piece.
A film that has to be seen to be believed, The Darkest Dawn is a great follow-up to Hungerford that works wonderfully as a standalone movie. More importantly, Wildseed Productions could end up becoming part of a revolution in the film industry that gives aspiring filmmakers a way to nurture their talent and bring films needed in the cinematic world.
THE DARKEST DAWN / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: DREW CASSON / SCREENPLAY: JESS CLEVERLY, DREW CASSON / STARRING: BETHANY MARY LEADLEY, CHERRY WALLIS, STUART ASHEN, DREW CASSON / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW