Review: ‘Mischief Night’ is Horror for Daughters and Daddies

So I’m poking around on Amazon, buying a few new DVD’s for my collection and checking out my “recommendations” and I come across this flick called Mischief Night.  Looks cool, has a solid 4 star rating, and I vaguely remember reading about it on someone else’s Best Horror of 2013 list…  “What the heck?” says Saucy Josh, “Let’s be impulsive and daring in our quest for overlooked genre gems!”  So a click here, and a click there, and Mischief Night is mine a few short days later.

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Was it worth the gamble?  Find out after he jump.

Synopsis:  The film tells the story of a terrifying home invasion on the eve of Halloween. Young Emily Walton (Noell Coet), who has suffered from psychosomatic blindness ever since a 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.

2013 was a great year for the Home Invasion sub-genre of Horror.  It’s not as if films like You’re Next and The Purge were completely original, it’s just that they were so damn good!  Mischief Night aims for a similar place in the spotlight, but unfortunately falls short.

There are a couple fresh idea, tricks, and enough mystery to keep you guessing, but if you’re looking for a grand pay-off, you won’t find it.

I detected elements of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, namely the teenage protagonist and her beau.  And perhaps that’s why Mischief Night failed to appease my appetite.  This film wasn’t made for me, a serious Horror aficionado with a cast iron back-bone–it was made for the kids.

The thing I found most unique about Mischief Night is the fact that the “Final Girl” takes her father with her to the very end.  You don’t see a lot of films where Daddies and Daughters slaughter the bad guys together, then fall into a heap of hugs and tears.  A Horror film for the family?  A way for teens and parents to bond?  Well, probably not intensionally, but that’s what you get when you rent/buy Mischief Night.

2 out of 5 Skull-Heads

Trailer HERE

Studio Image Entertainment
Director Richard Schenkman
Writer(s) Jesse Baget, Richard Schenkman
Starring Daniel Hugh Kelly, Ally Walker, Noell Coet, Charlie O’Connell, Erica Leerhsen, Richard Riehle, Stephanie Erb, Ian Bamberg
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About Saucy Josh

I write a blog for intelligent Horror movie aficionados called Blood and Guts for Grown Ups: https://bloodandgutsforgrownups.wordpress.com/ View all posts by Saucy Josh

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