The Sudbury Star “Lost After Dark” Review

Critic Sean Decker says in his 2014 Best Horror Movies Screamfest review that “Lost After Dark” is “The best 80’s slasher film that wasn’t filmed in the 80’s.”


That’s high praise.


But what may be most interesting about this movie to Nickel City residents is that Lost After Dark was filmed mostly in Sudbury in August 2013.
The movie was shot for 14 days in Sudbury, while the final two days of shooting was done in Parry Sound.


“We were originally going shoot in Parry Sound and we were going shoot in November, but we shot in August,” said Ian Kessner, writer and director of the film.


“(At that time of the year) Parry Sound turns into a tourist trap, everything goes up in price, so we regrouped and found Sudbury, but we went to Parry Sound just for the exterior shots.”


Kessner enjoyed his time in Sudbury.


“It was great,” Kessner said. “Sudbury is quiet and while I was up there I didn’t get much partying, but the location is beautiful. You’re not shooting in middle of city, you’re not distracted and I love going on location, and Sudbury was just so cool, has that landscape, and the people were great.”


Producer Eric Gozlan of Goldrush Entertainment applied and received a partial grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.


“I enjoyed the people and crew in Sudbury,” Gozlan said. “It was a wonderful experience. They have some up-and-coming talent down there.


“It’s never easy putting these things together, it’s always a challenge. Making a movie is like a moving bullet, it just goes, once it takes off there’s no stopping it, you gotta keep pace and finish the finish line.”


Lost After Dark is set in 1984 and is about Adrienne, a straight-A student, who joins her quarterback crush Sean and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem.


Vice-principal Mr. C sets off to track down the students. Meanwhile, the teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road.


They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead, they find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad, a cannibal killer from an urban legend.


Joad relentlessly hunts them down.


Lost After Dark is now out on DVD, and is a homage told in retro style that takes audiences back to the 80s, when slasher films ruled the box office.


“I thought it was a very entertaining project and it was about Ian’s vision,” Gozlan said. “My beliefs in Ian as a director – he worked hard to write the script. He did a good job and I always loved movies from the 80s and thought it would be fun to do a throwback.”


This movie stars Eve Harlow (The 100), Stephan James (Selma), Jesse Camacho (Less Than Kind), Elise Gatien (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), Alexander Calvert (Lost Boys: The Tribe), Lanie McAuley (Scarecrow), and David Lipper (Dying Of The Light).


It also features cameos from Sarah Fisher (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Rick Rosenthal (director of Halloween II and Halloween: Resurrection).

Lost After Dark is Kessner’s directing debut.


The film industry in Northern Ontario, especially in Sudbury, is growing, Kessner added.


“I realized there was a young, growing, fast film community there,” Kessner said. “I know the film industry in Sudbury is booming. I feel like the film industry is getting bigger by the month.”


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Rightscorp to Monitor Highly Anticipated Film Release of “Lost After Dark”

Rightscorp (OTCQB: RIHT), a leading provider of data and analytic services to support artists and owners of copyrighted property, announced today that it will be monitoring the film Lost After Dark for digital piracy and illegal downloads.  This marks the first time Rightscorp has monitored for piracy prior to the actual release of a film.  Lost After Dark is scheduled for a North American release on September 1, 2015 on Blu-Ray, DVD, and for VOD rentals.  Although the film was pre-released for Video On Demand (VOD) sales last weekend on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Video, PSN and Vudu, Rightscorp has already identified thousands of illegal downloads from unauthorized websites streaming the film.


Lost After Dark, produced by Goldrush Entertainment, is a homage to the golden age of slasher films from the 80’s.  The story centers around a group of high-school teens that run out of gas on a deserted road and become pitted against a cannibal killer from an urban legend.  It is the perfect film for classic horror fans, as well as younger audiences looking for some scary fun.  Lost After Dark, directed by filmmaker Ian Kessner, has received terrific advance reviews, which would account for the large number of illegal downloads Rightscorp has identified.


“People who pirate films are passionate about seeing them, but they have to understand that on an indie production like Lost After Dark there are many hard sacrifices.  When someone pirates an indie film like ours they are actually hurting the people who made it.  In addition, if the film doesn’t make money, there won’t be an opportunity for a sequel.  At the end of the day I can only hope that whoever pirates this film will also buy a copy to support our hard work,” said Ian Kessner, Director, Co-Writer, and Co-Executive Producer of Lost After Dark.


“Most people think of illegally downloaded movies as only coming from major movie studios. The fact is, however, that all movies suffer from piracy, and the economic damage is even more detrimental for the smaller, independent producers,” said Christopher Sabec, CEO of Rightscorp. “Our goal is to make people aware how illegally downloading an independent film directly damages the talented team that made the movie and inhibits the growth of their future artistic endeavors.”


About Rightscorp, Inc.


Rightscorp (RIHT) is a leading provider of data and analytic services to support artists and owners of copyrighted Intellectual Property (IP). The Company’s patent pending digital loss prevention technology focuses on the infringement of rights to digital content such as music, movies, software, books and games and ensures that owners and creators are rightfully paid for their IP. Rightscorp implements existing laws to resolve copyright infringements by collecting payments from illegal file sharing activities via notifications sent through Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The Company’s technology identifies copyright infringers, who are offered a reasonable settlement option in comparison to the legal liability defined in the Digital Millennium Copyrights Act (DMCA). Based on the fact that 22% of all Internet traffic is used to distribute copyrighted content without permission or compensation to the creators, Rightscorp is pursuing an estimated $2.3 billion opportunity and has monetized major media titles through relationships with industry leaders.


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The Aisle Seat “Lost After Dark” Review

LOST AFTER DARK Blu-Ray (85 mins., 2015, Not Rated; Anchor Bay): Ian Kessner’s directorial debut is yet another homage to ‘80s slashers – but unlike other overhyped salutes to Carpenter and the like (“It Follows,” anyone?), “Lost After Dark” gets the job done in its throwback atmosphere and mood. Kendra Timmins stars as a smart girl whose crush on her school’s quarterback (Justin Kelly) lands her – and a group of their classmates – on a desert road leading to a lonely farmhouse belonging to your friendly neighborhood cannibal (Mark Wiebe). Fairly stylish for what it is, “Lost After Dark” should engage genre buffs when it streets on Blu-Ray September 1st. Anchor Bay’s 1080p (1.78) transfer and Dolby TrueHD soundtrack are both top-notch.

“Lost After Dark” (2015) (Blu-Ray Review)

Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Timmins, Midnight Sun, Wingin’ It), a straight-A student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help, but instead find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad (Mark Wiebe, Sweet Karma), a cannibal killer from an urban legend. After the brutal murder of one of their friends, the group s quest for help becomes one of survival. Will anyone survive the night?If the people behind Lost After Dark meant to set out and make a slasher that you could put along side 80’s slashers, then they did indeed succeed in doing that. The thing is, this isn’t on the level of such A-list slashers like Halloween 2 or Friday the 13th 3 (or whatever sequel you want to pick). Instead it ends up being a throwback you could toss along side such things as Madman, Humongous, or Final Exam. I don’t want you to think I don’t like the movie, because I do. It’s just that the movie does a few things that annoy me along the way. The start of the movie is fine. We have a quick kill, we are introduced to the cast, and everything feels really retro and you get those good slasher movie vibes flowing through your body. The only problem is the movie makes us wait until about 40 something minutes in before the bodies start dropping again and while they try to get cute with the order some folks die, they also kind of take you out of it because of the same method. Still, you can’t deny it accomplishes the feel it was going for and as a man who loves slasher movies, especially from the 80s, I still found a lot of fun with the movie despite some of the flaws.


While most your characters here are about typical as you’d imagine, Robert Patrick is here in a role that really stands out in a good way. He’s probably more memorable than our movie’s slasher is. There is comedic moments here and to the movie’s credit, those moments are actually funny. Horror comedies can be iffy, but this one seems to be done right or at least right enough. The movie even takes place in 1984 and as far as I could tell it does look a whole lot like what I’ve seen in movies made from that time. Seeing as how I was just one year old at the time, I can’t tell from personal experience. What matters is entertainment value and the movie has that. It does frustrate you a bit, but not unlike most of the very films it was trying to mimic in its style. It isn’t perfect, but if you are a slasher film fanatic, then you will be more than content enough with what you get here.


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