Mischief Night (2013) **
D: Richard Schenkman
C: Noell Coet, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Ally Walker, Stephanie Erb, Erica Leershen, Charlie O'Connell, Stephanie Erb, Ian Bamberg, Richard Riehle
Plot Synopsis: Young Emily Walton, who has suffered from psychosomatic blindness ever since the car accident that took her mother's life, must summon every instinct at her disposal to protect herself and her loved ones from a mysterious intruder on Mischief Night.
Review: In Mischief Night, we watch as a psychopathic intruder breaks into a blind girl's home, creeping around, unbeknownst to our heroine, trying to figure out whether or not she's truly blind. Mischief Night isn't so much about what's going to happen when these two characters come face to face, but about the tension & unease that we, as an audience, experience. It's the type of film that reviles in toying around with us, playing this waiting game of sorts, as a sense of impending doom surrounds our blind heroine. And it does so, quite well.
However, it's never able to fully maintain itself. The jest of the story is seeing how two characters interact with one another and when the film zeroes in on that, it works. It's when other characters are brought into the mix, that the suspense weavers. These characters serve no distinct purpose other then to help pad out the running time with extra dialogue and to contribute a little extra bloodshed by helping to up the body count.
The film even cops out with a finale that features chainsaws a blazing and a revelation about our main character that is both powerful & a bit too saccharine sweet. Sounds like a contradiction, huh? During these final moments, an earlier scene, in which the heroine visited her psychiatrist is replayed. The psychiatrist is straight forward and authoritative towards our main character. I wish Mischief Night had the restraint to take this same straight forward, authoritative approach, with the material, all the way till the end. [Not Rated] 87 mins.
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