The Slaughtered Bird Review: “Lost After Dark”

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?


I am not going to go into any more plot details here because the synopsis above has it covered to had more to it would only ruin the film for those wanting to see it. If you remember and loved slasher movies from the 80’s then you are in for a real treat here. The film is not perfect by any means but I had a lot fun with this throwback to the 80’s. From the music to the clothing I swore I was back in the 80’s once again. There are some great killings but the film doesn’t take itself too serious either so there are some good laughs along the way as well. Robert Patrick is fantastic as the over the top principal of the school. He had me cracking up every time he showed up on screen, I wish he would of had a little more screen time. The rest of the cast all did a terrific job in the film as well.


If I had one complaint it would be about the killer. I thought he could have been a little more scary and intimidating looking. Besides that I thought the film had just about everything it needed including lots of cool kills and some good blood and guts as well. So if you are a fan of slasher films then I highly recommend checking this one out. It certainly brings back the 80’s in bloody style.


“Lost After Dark” can best be described as good old fashion fun. I hope they do a sequel to this one and perhaps work on a little better killer. Either way this is one of the best 80’s style horror films to come along in some time.


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