Seize The Night
"After escaping from a secret government bio-research compound, renegade vampire assassin Eva (Emma Dark) is hell bent on revenge. Receiving a tip off from the mysterious Dante (Anthony Ilott), she meets with arms dealer Joe (Paul Ewen) who informs her that an enemy is hot on her tail. Eva hunts the hunter and encounters a team of werewolves, led by pack alpha Tobias (Carey Thring). During their confrontation Eva learns a terrible secret and is forced into a situation of such gravity she may have to join forces with the devil she knows in order to fight the greatest of all evils."
After being a fan of Emma Dark from when I first became involved in horror and Independent film making it was an honour to have the opportunity not only to watch her film "Seize The Night" but also review it here for Haunted Media.
Emma's stock has definitely risen in the past year or so and will be one to watch for the forseeable future, I can assure you of that...Now, onto the film.
The first thing that strikes you as the movie opens is the dark tones and colour schemes used to heighten tension and I believe this helps portray the sinister under currents regarding the story about to unfold.
Within the first three minutes of the film we are introduced to Eva, (Emma Dark) and the few scenes at the start set up her character and her motivations expertly, without any long, drawn out, over written monologues that I feel have become too numerous in horror. Why bore the audience with ranting when you can show first hand using flashback scenes and news clippings like Emma has here? It's effective and moves the story on without sacrificing any momentum.
Without wading into spoilerific territory or writing a blow by blow account of the film. I'll just say the fight scenes are very genuine and the dark undertones in regards to the acting and the visual aspects of the film help set this apart from most other vampire/werewolf movies of the current generation. Even the ones with seemingly endless budgets!
As for the actual performances by the actors, there's not much that I can say except that every member of the cast, no matter how big or small a part were very competent in their performances. I can only imagine how hard it must be to get into a character for a thirteen minute performance.
Last but not least we have to come to my favourite part of Seize The Night, the score. Composed by Eric Elick, in my opinion this is the best score I've heard while reviewing for Haunted Media and fits perfectly with the entire tone of the movie without over doing it.
The only negative thing I could say about "Seize The Night" is that it was too short, clocking in at just under thirteen minutes, I could've watched on for another hour or more. It definitely flew right by me.
All being said I hope there will be a part two coming soon!
As for now, here's some social links and the Indiegogo campaign for Emma's new short:
Twitter: Emma Dark Official