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Damned by Dawn (2009)

During a violent thunderstorm, a family is awoken by piercing shrieks which summon the dead to rise again. Their lives explode in a blood soaked fury as they battle malevolent spirits, ... See full summary »

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Renee Willner ...
Claire
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The Banshee
Dawn Klingberg ...
Nana
Danny Alder ...
Paul
Taryn Eva ...
Jen
Mark Taylor ...
Simmo
Peter Stratford ...
Bill
Nina Nicols ...
Ghost
Trent Schwarz ...
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During a violent thunderstorm, a family is awoken by piercing shrieks which summon the dead to rise again. Their lives explode in a blood soaked fury as they battle malevolent spirits, whilst fighting to save their souls from eternal torment with... the Banshee. Written by Anonymous

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When The Banshee Cries... The Dead Will Rise

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Rated R for bloody horror violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Scream of the Ghost  »

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The decision was to make the film in Ballarat, in the Australian state of Victoria, because it is known to have low lying fog in the mornings. Of course, when filming actually started, there was no fog to be seen at all. See more »

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Bones of a Rabbit
Written by K. Hart / M. Wright
Performed by Young Heretics
Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing
Licensed courtesy of Young Heretics
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Starts well, but stumbles later on
2 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Starts well, but stumbles later on.

Basically, I more or less concur with those reviewers who said that in so many words. It begins like one of those old atmospheric Hammer Horrors or perhaps something from the BBC Ghost Story series. The premise of a young woman taking her boyfriend to visit the folks out in the countryside and all the foggy effects starts full of promise. The farm has a chilly, isolated feeling that is just perfect. The comic touches of the father and his slovenly manners (stirring a cup of coffee with his finger! Great, and guaranteed to include a cringe here and there)

The problem is that once we have got going, nothing much makes a lot of sense. Why the family is thus cursed is never resolved and what happened decades ago when Nan was a little girl is so vague. If some rationale had been established as to what was happening it would have probably been a whole lot more effective.

Then the ghosts arrive. They are not really that scary, as everyone else has said, more like the undead pirate crew from "Pirates of the Caribbean" than a bona fide horror movie. When they scuttle behind the cast members, it has all the spine tingling effects of pantomime "He's behind you!"

I won't give away the ending, fear not. However, since it made absolutely no sense to me I'm hardly qualified to in any case. Shame really, this started out with such promise.


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