Adam J. Hopper | 12/12/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I will start by stating that I realize the After Dark Horror Fest movies are a vehicle for independent movies. That means these movies aren't exactly 80 million dollar blockbusters. However, I have seen several independent films that put the 80 million dollar blockbusters to shame.
Nightmare Man was a simple concept executed in a simple way. The premise is that a married couple orders some sort of African fertility mask. When the mask arrives, it's "icky" and they don't quite want to knock boots while wearing it. All of a sudden the movie is a slasher flick with the killer wearing.....you guessed it, the mask. The transition between story building (about 2 minutes) to full out slasher flick is done so abruptly that you barely know what just happened. The rest of the movie is just a slasher flick with zero originality.
Lets start with the mask. It just wasn't scary. It was goofy. It had horns and was a dark color with pointy teeth and weird eyes. Nothing spooky about it in my opinion. It looked kind of funny being worn while chasing the damsel in distress. The kills were unoriginal. Same kills you would see in practically any slasher film. Makeup was basic and not believable. Acting was over the top, characters were "characters" not people. Even the opening credits looked like something out of a high school project.
I hate to bash a horror movie, because horror movies are one of my loves in life. Nightmare Man was just too simple and unoriginal. They could take that same exact story and do so much better with it. They could make the mask more interesting. They could work on more natural acting style. They could practice the makeup techniques more. They could figure out more interesting kills. There is a ton of potential, but they just didn't live up to it."
Crossbows and Underwear!
Zephyr | unemployment line | 10/16/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"And it's really not worth watching for either. The nudity is short-lived and tedious, and your hard-earned money is better spent elsewhere. A predictable plot had the Significant Other announcing that he's got a future in Hollywood churning out bad screenplays by the stack, and I was stuck pointing a white cheddar cheesy poof at the television screen within 15 minutes and asking, "Do you think it'll be that person? Hmmm? What are the odds...."
I do love Trapped in a Cabin types of films (no, I don't know why) and I was thrilled to see the cabineers fighting back with unusual aplomb. You go, girl! On the other hand, I question whether or not one can die from a single bolt through the throat, and I'm almost certain that you'll live (miserably) if you have a knife shoved through the bottom of your jaw straight upwards, but I suppose if that happened to me, I'd collapse in a pile and give up right there.
These After Dark movies are turning out to be quite a disappointment. About one in eight is worth watching, and those are some nasty odds. These folks are clearly given a bit of funding, and there's no excuse for churning out this dreck over and over again. Really.
You Really Weren't Expecting A Classic, Were You?!
Gary Young | Tucson, AZ USA | 08/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The After Dark horror series remains a mixed bag. I haven't seen all of them, but the handful I've seen have been just OK at best. That is until I saw "Nightmare Man".
Sure, it's low budget(all the After Dark films are), but it's a fun variation on the slasher genre. A lot of the reviews on here complain about the acting. In actuality it's not bad for a low budget horror movie. Does anyone really expect Oscar worthy material in a movie called "Nightmare Man"?
In short, "Nightmare Man" is a campy, occasionally clever little film. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and it moves along at a good pace. What more can you ask for in a LionsGate video? More movies like this, for starters."