Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stag Night and Your Next Stop: A Movie Review

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Director/writer: Peter A. Dowling.

Stag Night is a horror film completed in 2008 by first time director Peter A. Dowling (Flightplan). This title was filmed in New York City and much of the action happens below ground. Dowling has stated of this film that he liked the idea of having the protagonists so close to help, yet so far away (Fangoria). However, Stag Night is more of a warning not to get off at an unauthorized stop, than about finding help.

You should not pry open the doors on a subway car, unless you want to face a group of man/woman eating hobos. If you do, you will soon be on the run from a feral boy and his unshaven uncles. The best you can hope for is finding the next station to exit at.

You will have to find others who know the way out, before finding safety. However, do not trust other, less fearsome homeless people. They will just stab you in the back! Do not trust the binners either, as they just want to trade you in for some empty cans.

On the plus side, if you do find yourself at an unmarked stop, take a break at the s*&^ stained facilities, which promise nausea. The locales you visit will be full of unsettling light, speeding trains, and knife wielding malefactors, who simply want to add you to their stew. Or if you are female...Well, let us not go down that track.

Stag Night is an excellent first time out by Dowling and currently, this title has recently been released on DVD and Blu-Ray (February 15th) through Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Similar to the 2004 Creep, Stag Night will keep you on your toes and on the side of the quickly dispatched revelers. Stag Night also offers an opportunity to poke fun at the tropes, while the action delivers some unsettling situations. Check this one out for an hour an a half lecture on how and where to get off the train!

Overall: 6.75 (good action, some cliches e.g. cell phone no worky, good acting, and lots of exciting conflict, a great escape from the reality of standard deviations and variation - do not ask!).

*Made for $4 million.

**Special features: a making-of featurette, digital download and video-on-demand (Fangoria).


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