Halloween Night (2006)

Halloween Night (2006)

Based on a true story…

Christopher Vale was locked away in a mental institution after witnessing the brutal murder of his family and suffering horrendous burns as a result. Ten years later, he escapes and heads back to the house he grew up in on Halloween night. A group of teenagers are there having a party and unaware that their fun and games are about to be gate crashed by a very angry and vengeful mental patient.

 

Sound familiar? It better do! Halloween Night is from The Asylum, the great little studio that brings you cheap versions of big budget films, affectionately known as ‘mockbusters.’ Didn’t catch Transformers? Fear not because The Asylum has Transmorphers! Don’t forgetSnakes on a Train. The Day the Earth Stood Still? No, you mean the low budget The Day the Earth Stopped. I think you get the message. No doubt made to cash in on Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween, it’s hard to say which is worse. I’ll probably give that accolade to Zombie’s film since most people expect these Asylum flicks to be little more than weak rehashes whereas Zombie’s film was simply a horribly misguided take on Carpenter’s original story. What makes me laugh even more is the ‘based on a true story’ line that is thrown onto the front cover. This is certainly not based on a true story although based on someone else’s script this most definitely is (Carpenter better have received royalties for this).

Halloween Night is a standard Halloween-themed slasher and runs according to clockwork for the most. You’ll know exactly where the film is headed, what is going to happen next, etc. But the clock ticks and tocks well out of sequence. There are so many things that are left unexplained by the plot and so many questions that are left unanswered, its best not to think about it in all honesty because it will hurt your head. It’s like a lot of the plot threads were thrown in simply because someone had seen them in other slasher films and they thought their inclusion would make for a good film.

Ultimately, I don’t understand why Christopher Vale is actually killing people. Forgetting the obvious fact that this is a Halloween rip-off and the masked killer must kill teenagers, there’s no real explanation given. He’s insane, granted, but that’s not necessarily a prelude to becoming a slasher, especially one who is intelligent enough to do the things this guy does. He’s silent and deadly which works for Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees because they’re big, unstoppable monsters but this weakling is very much human and gets the snot kicked out of him at one point. In another ridiculous moment of how not to be a deadly slasher, Vale is actually taken hostage by someone after a fight breaks out at a fancy dress party and the police arrive. It’s a pretty dire state of affairs when your film’s main killer is actually being held at gunpoint as a hostage.

Halloween Night does have a reasonable body count but there’s little imagination in the way people are dispatched. Thankfully the lack of creativity in the kills is more than made up by the copious amount of blood on display. The Asylum at least know how to let their films get messy. Not only that but they seem to know what makes a good slasher flick. Whilst I’m not the biggest fan of this film, it still delivers the bottom line goodies. And one of the main staple ingredients of the slasher flick is the nudity. Halloween Night throws in a couple of lesbians for good measure within the first ten minutes – a sign of desperation by the writers struggling to find anything worthwhile or a positive statement of intent for the rest of the film? The problem is that everything gets taken too seriously and these B-movie elements could work in the film’s favour if the script allowed it. Part of The Asylum’s main drawback with their cheesy films is that they take themselves too seriously. They’re daft rip-offs and everyone involved in making them knows it except for the script writers. Why not make things a bit more light-hearted? Throw in some in-jokes. Just do something other than play it serious because the material is too daft to take seriously. As a result, everything comes off really stern-laced and bland.

 

Halloween Night is a terrible Halloween rip-off and its bottom of the barrel stuff even on its own slasher value. If you want to watch something like this, why not just stick on the original Halloweenfor the umpteenth time? You’ll get infinitely more enjoyment from watching that again than you would watching this for the first time.

 

 ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 

 

 

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