Underrated Horror Movie of the Month: MISCHIEF NIGHT %

Hello horror lovers! Welcome back to another installment of Underrated Horror Movie of the Month. If you’re new here, I’ll explain quickly. Every month, on the second and fourth Friday, I talk about a horror movie that I think is underrated and unloved. With Halloween just days away, it’s the perfect time to talk about the 2013 film mischief night. I hope you will stick around and indulge me as I tell you why I think you should see this film.

About the mischief night

Emily Walton (Noell Coet) has been blind since the horrific car accident that tragically took her mother’s life. However, her eyes have not suffered any physical damage and doctors believe her condition is psychosomatic. The day before Halloween, Mischief Night, Emily is home alone after her father went out for the night. Unfortunately, their quiet night quickly turns to terror. Two masked characters take a supposedly innocent vacation and turn it into an intense home invasion story.

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mischief night Also starring are Ian Bamberg, Adam C. Edwards, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Stephanie Erb, Erica Leerhsen and Charlie O’Connell. The film is directed by Richard Schenkman. Jessie Baget and Eric D. Wilkinson wrote the story and Schenkman wrote the screenplay. The running time is one hour and 27 minutes.

This film has no Tomatometer score and only a 27 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The killer watches Emily through louvers in the laundry room door.

Fun fact: Another horror film with the same title was released about a year after this one. It’s also about a masked killer terrorizing someone on Mischief Night.

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My thoughts

If you are a purveyor of home invasion movies, you must watch this movie. Think in the direction of The strangers and The purge (the original).

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A focus of the story is Emily’s learning path to coping with the loss of her mother. As part of this process, her father finally goes on a date. Although this fact doesn’t seem to affect Emily, his absence is a crucial plot point. Of course he chooses the Mischief Night for said date. Unfortunately, two murderers are at large and Emily has few options to defend herself.

The killer stares at his victim

The main complaint I’ve seen regarding the plot is that we don’t learn why the killers are attacking and why they chose this family. My counterpoint to this is that it’s irrelevant. It’s not about understanding the killers or why; It should join in when a young girl struggles to survive.

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The acting is nothing special, but it’s not bad either. I generally don’t like blind or deaf characters being cast with a sighted/hearing person, but I understand why it was necessary mischief night. Overall, Noell Coet did a remarkable job with the role.

There is no excess of blood in this film. There’s some blood and gore, of course, but it’s not intense. On a scale of Seen For a Lifetime film, I would put this on the HalloweenIV even. The blood you see is well done. The effects team did a commendable job.

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Essentially, this is a slasher-style movie. Unlike many films in the genre, viewers are not given the killers’ backstory. However, we do get the backstory of the protagonist. Lots of kills and injuries, but not a ton of blood.

Final Thoughts

I pull mischief night at any spooky time of year, a day or two before Halloween. I absolutely recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. Based on the reviews I’ve been following, the horror community is pretty divided on this. So don’t take my word for it, give it a chance and see for yourself.

Ok, horror fans. There is another underrated horror in the books. have you seen this movie If yes, what did you think? Let me know in the comments! Also, don’t forget to let me know which film you think I should show next.

Until next time, watch the trailer mischief night under. Stay scary and watch more horror movies.

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