At Dawn They Sleep Release Date: 2000 Genre: Thriller Director(s): Brian Paulin Writer(s): Brian Paulin Staring: Tanya Hennesy, Brian Paulin and Rich George After watching Demon Sex, the other Video Outlaw title sent to me by EI Independent Cinema, At Dawn They Sleep sat dormant on my shelf for several months. As much as I […]

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At Dawn They Sleep
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Brian Paulin
Writer(s): Brian Paulin
Staring: Tanya Hennesy, Brian Paulin and Rich Geor
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After watching Demon Sex, the other Video Outlaw title sent to me by EI Independent Cinema, At Dawn They Sleep sat dormant on my shelf for several months. As much as I told myself that I really should watch it, I still put it off. Seeing as how 2005 is dwinding down and I’m trying to start the New Year with somewhat of a clean slate, I sat down and watched it last night.

I wish I hadn’t.

Director/writer Brian Paulin was responsible for Mummy Raider. Anyone who has seen Mummy Raider is likely saying “Yikes.” Here’s something that will once again raise your eyebrows. At Dawn They Sleep was directed before Mummy Raider. It’s typically believed that experience builds proficiency. When one considers how awful Mummy Raider turned out, just imagine how At Dawn They Sleep turned out.

Brian Paulin comes from that school of micro-cinema filmmaking where the students pile on blood, get random women to show their breasts, and like to play the worst speed metal ever created over montages. On the DVD extras, Paulin mentions that he’s making horror movies for true horror fans. As someone who considers himself a true horror fan, let me give a hearty “Go fuck yourself” to Brian Paulin. I love horror movies. At Dawn They Sleep is garbage cinema without any sort of suspense or creativity that is not a horror movie, but merely an excuse for the directors to splatter red stuff on white walls.

At Dawn They Sleep is ambitious. I’ll give Paulin that. He made this on a budget of just a few thousand dollars, yet managed to wreck a few cars, shoot off plenty of weapons, and drive a car through what actually sort of looks like a house. All the ambition in the world doesn’t make up for a movie being quite awful, though.

The scenes of At Dawn They Sleep that resemble a low budget action film are so much better than the horror scenes. It’s only because of these action scenes, which aren’t that good to begin with, that the rating isn’t bottom of the barrel low.

I never did get to the film’s plot. Meh.
DVD: A half-decent commentary with Paulin and producer and star Rich George, a fourteen minute making of that covers the most difficult parts of the shoot, some bad outtakes, the self-explanatory “Scenes That Hurt,” and a twelve minute short film that I avoided.

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