13 Nights of Halloween: Edges of Darkness
Oh yes! Tonight’s feature flick is a true B horror film. It’s got zombies and vampires and crazy technology ready to use any living creature as its power source. I first came across Edges of Darkness by chance many years ago and its dark nature is only enjoyed with laughable sound effects and gore. Without a name, I spent many nights looking for this low budget film. Trust me, Googling “vampire zombie Antichrist film” repeatedly is way harder than it looks. And that’s what the film truly is. It revolves around a writer and his wife, a vampiric couple, and lastly our kick ass heroine who’s dressed like Lara Croft and ready to slay the world — one zombie at a time.
Set into three narratives, Dean, our writer refuses to leave his computer. Hey, I would to but I’d be more concerned with surviving considering the guy who possibly refueled the generator is dead because you let him die. Joining him is his faithful companion, Dana, who keeps watch over everything else inside their apartment. While Dean throws himself into his work, she’s watching horror films and talking aloud about how her husband refuses to acknowledge her. Got news for you, your marriage was doomed from the start. When Dana sorts through their long forgotten mail, Dean becomes upset that she kept his package hidden for him. It’s not like she has the end of the world to worry about, but okay, get upset at her for neglecting to mention your package come in. The true horror — aside from Dean neglecting his wife — is that the processor he ordered is of the supernatural origin and when it’s installed, it begins seeking living creatures to act as its power source.
Our second couple is quite different from our writer and his wife. This time, Stan and Stellie are the ones who will fight for their survival. Their story seems quite innocent, with Stellie waiting for her partner’s return with their food. When he ventures late into the night to retrieve it after the zombies have cleared the area, it’s revealed that their “food” is a young woman, gagged and bound. Slowly, the couple reveal their vampire status. They feed on the girl’s blood, noting that it is different from previous victims. Though she doesn’t look like it, their latest kidnapped victim, Natalie, has some sinister plans of her own.
Lastly, our final story features the zombie slaying heroine we all need. Heather saves Shamika and her son, Marcus from hordes of the undead in a brutal (read: awful) killing spree. While she socializes poorly with them, Heather learns that Marcus is in desperate need of a rare medicine that Shamika stockpiled across town. When Heather finally decides to do it, she’s attacked by priests who are hellbent on killing her and Marcus. While she manages to kill one (wonder how many Hail Mary’s she gonna say for that) and incapacitate the other, Heather goes back to her apartment to find Shamika dead. As she soon learns, she’s harboring the Antichrist who has some plans of his own in the apocalypse.
While this film may be one of our lackluster choices, it’s the spirit that counts. The story line had potential, its budget did the best it could, yet here I am ready to watch it in another year or two. It sets up the tired zombie world we’ve known for years, but adds more to it. Though some stories could have been more developed, the cast did a decent job of surviving — or dying — in Edges of Darkness.