Mischief Night (2014) **
D: Travis Baker
C: Brooke Ann Smith, Marc Valera, Nikki Limo, Matt Angel, Malcolm McDowell
Plot Synopsis: The night before Halloween, a teenage babysitter is stalked by a masked killer; but in an unusual turn of events, victim and victimizer begin to develop romantic feelings for each other.
REVIEW: Mischief Night is one of those films that I watched in complete and utter disbelief. In the film, we watch as victim and victimizer develop feelings for one another. Over the course of one night, they run all over town playing pranks on people. They smash pumpkins. They tepee houses. They jump out and scare people. And of course, they share their feelings about one another as they form a bond over the macabre things that they have been doing, despite the fact that the male half of this odd couple initially tried to kill our heroine!
Watching Mischief Night, I felt like I was watching a spoof of romantic comedies. Is Mischief Night an indictment on the absurdity of romantic comedies? Is the film commenting on the outlandishness of how love always prevails in these movies, despite the obstacles we face and the things that are going on around us? Are they using the exaggerated viewpoint of a victim to be falling in love with her killer to be in order to get this point across?!?
Even when I was completely perplexed as to what was unfolding, I was never bored by Mischief Night. There was a part of me that couldn't take my eyes off of what was happening on screen. However, if this film is supposed to be a spoof of romantic comedies, why is it, that in the end, that love prevails, despite the characters being placed in an absurd situation and despite the obstacles that they face?!? Mischief Night is guilty of becoming the very thing that it spoofs. [Not Rated] 88 mins.
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