Dark and Stormy Night on DVD

A strange and mysterious group of strange, mysterious people gathers in the old dark house of the Cavinder Estate for the reading of the will of the late Sinas Cavinder. Strangest and most mysterious of this group is the unseen psychopathic killer who is killing the attendees one by one.

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My movie watching streak continues! This one is a DVD from Shout Factory! that I have been meaning to watch for a few weeks, Dark and Stormy Night. The film is a low budget affair with charm galore. Unlike other horror spoofs that work on the horror conventions of the 70, 80 or even the 1950, DSN is send up of the low budget films of the 1930s and 1940s. This tickled me in 2 ways. First, I cannot recall seeing a film that sent up movies from that period, which made it especially novel. Secondly, its low budget, like the budget of those Z grade films back in the day, actually work better with a lower budget. Instead of gore and FX you get pithy banter and cheesy costumes. Not a bad trade in my opinions.

The film obviously was done on the cheap, but the sets and costuming are very impressive. So I can only imagine that no one got paid when making this movie.

On of the problems I had with the movie is how self aware it is at times, which allows them to be zany, but sometimes I wondered how zany is too zany. Overall though, it was a refreshing change of pace. Now I have not seen the director, Larry Blamire’s film, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!, but now that I got a taste for this work. I plan on picking it up to watch this October.

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One thought on “Dark and Stormy Night on DVD

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I heard a sparkling endorsement of Cadavra as a neat throwback to the Ed Wood approach of cheesy lunacy that takes itself seriously (the best kind), so I’ll have to check that out myself.

    There’s also a recent sequel to it called The Lost Skeleton Returns, which is apparently too self-conscious of its comedic appeal, but still worthwhile.

    All of these are going on my to-watch list (though I should call it to-watch catalog: volumes 1-to-infinity)

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