After Sundown Release Date: 2006 Genre: Action | Horror Director(s): Christopher Abram (The Fanglys) & Michael W. Brown Writer(s): Christopher Abram (The Fanglys) Staring: Susana Gibb, Reece Rios and Natalie Jones Before The Asylum became the official headquarters of Hollywood ripoffs and concept films, they were the official distributor of low budget horror films that […]

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After Sundown
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Action | Horror
Director(s): Christopher Abram (The Fanglys) & Michael W. Brown
Writer(s): Christopher Abram (The Fanglys)
Staring: Susana Gibb, Reece Rios and Natalie Jones

Before The Asylum became the official headquarters of Hollywood ripoffs and concept films, they were the official distributor of low budget horror films that other companies turned down. One of these films was The Fanglys, a swank little movie made for a whopping sum of $2,837. After being able to pull that off director / writer Christopher Abram had his budget enlarged nearly 20x to around $50,000 for his follow-up, After Sundown. Sadly, this one isn’t 20x the film Fanglys was. It’s not even 2x. While still coming together in a way that makes it more than watchable, with writer / director Christopher Abram showing that he more than knows what he’s doing, all in all it’s a disappointment.

As the movie begins, and then again as the movie proceeds, we see flashbacks to a nineteenth century cowboy town. In this flashback the daughter of a well-renowned preacher is preparing to give birth. The father of the baby, a ruthless vampire who has previously converted the daughter, is also in town to retrieve the child. In the end, many people lay dead, including the mother, vampire father, and the baby. Their bodies are laid to rest in a cemetery and the whole affair is soon forgotten.

That is, forgotten until some developers decide to build on the cemetery’s land. The bodies are all set to be moved to another location, but the progress doesn’t go as smoothly as is desired. Those in charge of excavating the bodies find the staked bodies of the mother and baby. Both look as if they were buried the day before. Soon enough, the father is also uncovered, and small town stupidity leads to the stakes being removed from their hearts. All hell proceeds to break loose. The vampires wind up controlling a small army of zombies through the use of their blood, and now it’s up to some of the town’s inhabitants to survive the onslaught.

After Sundown has plenty of moments where the audience can get into it, but then it has tons that are hampered by the budget and the writing. Almost the entire movie is set at night, and a $50,000 budget doesn’t exactly give you a gigantic amount for lighting. As for the characters, most are pencil thin and easy to confuse with each other. There’s a complete lack of dialogue at certain points during the movie that just makes the lack of characterization worse.

Certainly not a bad movie. Just not a good movie.
By the way, Independent Film Quarterly strikes again. After giving ridiculous quotes to The Off Season and Slaughterhouse Massacre, they call After Sundown “this year’s From Dusk to Dawn.”

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