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Monday, June 27, 2011

Movie Review # 118 Dark Rising (2007)

Director: Andrew Cymek
Writer: Andrew Cymek
Cast: Jason Ruso (Christian WWE), Landy Cannon, Brigette Kingsley

Rotten Tomatoes: 37% Audience
IMDb: 4.9/10
Netflix: 2.5 Stars

Dark Rising draws a parallel with a classic horror movie masterpiece and that movie is the Evil Dead series. With a cast of characters, heroes and reading of books that brings Hell to Earth. That is not only entertaining it is at times hilarious but not in the smart ass remarks of Ash from Evil Dead. But in those moments of "Oh boy that is just awful."

One in particular scene was so bad that even the cast made jokes about it. I choose to not ruin it as it is so obvious that anyone with a smidgen of a brain can find it. Now outside of that scene the rest of the movie is good to decent. With some great acting by some and others not so much. With the highlight being on Jay Ruso who is better known as Christian from WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). As his comedic timing and acting not only elevated this movie.

It was down right good. I have been a fan of his for a while but as far as acting goes. He needs to do a lot more as he is honestly very watchable and very entertaining on the small screen. Just as he is on the mic in the wring. Now there is a scene at the end of the movie with Christian fighting a Demon fighting babe. That needs mention as if you are wrestling fan you will see what happens and it will instantly get a rewind just to see it happen again and again.

As entertaining as all of that is. The rest of the plot is very straight forward. As it takes part of several movies. One being 'The Craft" that starred Fairuza Balk and Neve Campbell. As well as the aforementioned Evil Dead series. Which I found not only interesting but fun. The girls that open the portal are want a be witches and one of them has a gift. Just as in The Craft and like Evil Dead when the they read from the book they bring demons into the world. Instead of getting powers and wishes granted.

The rest of the plot is honestly garbage except for the back story of Princess Summer Vale (Brigette Kingsley). Who was captured as a child and brought up to fight the evil Killopoths. When she follows a demon into a portal and back into our world from the alternate dimension world. Now for the rest of the plot it deals with Jason (Landy Cannon) who won't let go of his childhood love for his now Ex Jasmine (Vanessa James) who also happens to be a Lesbian now.

Which does so comedic value to the movie. But it is mostly used to showcase her breasts and Marlene's (Haley Shannon) off as sex symbols. Which is nothing more than two to three fleeting moments for a teenager to spank bank and move on. So it honestly brought nothing to the movie other than a few funny scenes and one of the funniest lines in the movie. Which also happens at the end when Princess and Renee (Julia Schneider) go back and forth about them.

All the while this movie keeps up its ruse and comedic flair of a modern adaptation of Evil Dead. Especially with the creature in the movie. That is is so silly that it looks like it was pulled from several costumes in  Halloween catalog and then spliced together to make it more menacing than what it really is. So what screen time this Demon/Creature have are small and short and often just to funny to not enjoy. As you can tell they where trying and it pays off in the end.

Overall this is a decently good horror comedy and is defiantly worth watching. Especially now that is has a TV series and a second movie coming out this year. Sadly Jason Ruso (Christian) was written out of the script at the last minute and as sad as that it is. I still look forward to ongoing adventures of Jason and Summer.

My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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