Halloween After Taste: Mischief Night (2013) – Fails Due to Lack of Twists and Substance
Long Story Short:
Eamily suffers from psychosomatic blindness ever since she witnessed her mother dying in a car accident. When she pushes her father to go on a date on Mischief Night – the night before Halloween – she finds herself all alone in a game of terror: An intruder is taking great pleasure in scaring her, and killing people around her. Will she be able to fight back?
So this was the last movie we watched on Halloween, and it turned out to be another disappointment. The story seems familiar: a woman lives in a house that is located in the middle of nowhere, suddenly someone breaks in and she has to fight for her life. In this movie, however, the twist is that the victim is blind. There are already great thriller with blind protagonists such as Wait Until Dark (1967) with Audrey Hepburn or See No Evil (1971) with Mia Farrow. Furthermore there have been plenty of movies that are set in an isolated house. So what makes Mischief Night stand out? The answer is: Nothing. We don’t get anything new or fresh, the storyline is very superficial, at no point do we find out why the intruder is doing what he does, the victim’s blindness is as meaningless as the non-existing twists, and the acting is only average. On top of that I don’t understand why the killer marks the houses with the message “Boo”, just like I didn’t get the message in You’re Next. Nothing really worked in this movie. The movie starts off mysterious and caught my attention, but soon it all turned into thin air without any redeeming quality. If you create a storyline that is similar to so many other, you have to deliver, and this wasn’t the case here. I would have even accepted a cop out ending, like the girl established a split personality and started killing people, but that didn’t happen either. I guess it wasn’t a horrible movie but there were too many things missing to be successful.