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Damned By Dawn [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import]

Renee Willner , Bridget Neval , Brett Anstey    Blu-ray
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Renee Willner, Bridget Neval, Dawn Klingberg, Danny Alder, Taryn Eva
  • Directors: Brett Anstey
  • Writers: Brett Anstey, Rob Townshend, Russell Friedrich
  • Producers: Brett Anstey, Dave Redman, Luke Gibson
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00404ME1U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,173 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home and away...with undeads. 17 Jun 2011
By Veyland
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'd seen the review that gave it one star, but the trailer didn't look TOO bad so i brought it cheap and gave it a go.
Ok it a low budget Australian horror, the effects are dated, the movie REALLY should of been set in Ireland BUT...It's not actually THAT bad. Certainly no worse than a lot of the trash that comes out of Hollywood.
There are not many movies that have used a Banshee as it's antagonist, and there's also other undead featured. Zombies, skeletons, spectres. The setting is remote and eiree, but the fog machine is on overdrive in places. Not much in the way of gore, or major shocks but it is creepy, and does at least retain an atmoshpere of tension. Overall a bit 'home and away' in the acting department but entertaining enough for a few quid.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dire. And dire again. 16 Mar 2014
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Aussie horror that involves CGI and some woman in a white dress screaming like a boiling tea kettle perpetually, Offensive to the ears but thats about it,
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2.0 out of 5 stars Someone forgot to turn off the smoke machine 10 May 2012
Format:DVD
One factor for any good horror movie is that is must be atmospheric. However, the makers of Damned by Dawn take the word `atmospheric' to mean `foggy.'

The film is about a young couple who return to their family home in the foggiest part of Australia to see a dying relative. However, a banshee pops out of the fog and causes brutal havoc.

Now, I read some of the other reviews before I watched this and, I have to say, they kind of lower your expectations. But, for the first third of the movie, I had to wonder whether they were talking about the same film. I thought it was actually quite good. It had a nice (foggy) set-up and some potential.

Then came the CGI. Not only are CGI baddies imposed on us, but also, if the cast happen to be running through a non-foggy area, CGI fog is added (and it's really bad CGI fog too!).

The one dimensional characters just about manage to act their parts and the banshee's screaming is pretty creepy, plus there's some good gore (when you can see it through the fog), but, overall, I found myself eventually agreeing with the other reviews.

It may not be the worst film ever made (not while Michael Bay's Transformers franchise is still on a roll), but it's definitely not the best. Unless it happens to be on and you feel like a so-so horror flick, don't bother paying to watch this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a saturday night 18 May 2014
By Steve
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This film is one you might watch but forget quite soon, it would be ok to sit and watch on a saturday night but dont expect anything you have not seen in other horror films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great but Cheesy Movie . . . 6 Mar 2014
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Damned By Dawn [DVD]: Ok, how do I put this the right way. This film I must admit was a bit cheesy, but it was a good sort of cheesy. A low budget Australian back movie. They seemed to be good friends with the fog making machine, sometimes you couldn't even see what was going on. The girl playing the banshee was amazing, the cold stare and screaming mouth. Overall, I quite liked it, I was gripped and quite frightened in places, some gore and guts but not too much, and the scream of the banshee was excellently chilling. One to watch - but I warn you its not an A list movie x x x
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3.0 out of 5 stars Damned by Dawn, or your money back 5 Mar 2014
By Miles N
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I was some way into this when I realised I had already seen it masquerading as Cry of the Banshee. Actually, I liked it more now Dawn was damning me. I think Dawn was the nice old dear with the prune-like visage who... well I won't give the plot away. The Banshee was a most impressive creation and quite eerie but she clearly ate up the special effects budget because some of the other effects were ghost train standard and the mist machine was on its last gasp. What elevated it was the impression of genuine fear exhibited by the girls, which made you rethink whether to laugh it off. I'd be interested to see what the director does with a decent budget, but looking at his credits on IMDB, I think it will be a long time before he saves up the readies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of Aussie fun. 4 May 2012
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I thought that this was quite a good film. I liked the subject matter ( not many Banshee films about.) I did, however think that it lost its way a bit, towards the end. What I really liked was the "making of -" in the bonus material. The makers and actors looked as if they were having a great time making this film with very little money. It was full marks for this Ausie team for getting the finished film to the quality that was presented. If I'd made a film like this, with the resorces that they had, I would have been pleased with the result.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nifty idea, awful everything else..
*spoilers*
Although the starting point of this filme is good, unique and promising - starting as it does from that ol' irish saying "Don't push a banshee off a balcony, lest... Read more
Published on 23 July 2012 by Mr. Alasdair Maloney
4.0 out of 5 stars "..GOOD FUN HORROR.."
This is a low budget straight to DVD Aussie horror movie!! And its really very well made and has some very cool scary stuff going on, its a bit like evil dead in a way with some... Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by S. Drury
2.0 out of 5 stars good in theory...terrible in practice!
LOL! That is my first thought. It started of a creepy movie with some amateur effects and laughable CGI but at least the massive amounts of fog and dark setting prevents viewers... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2012 by Lily_Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST HORROR FILM OF ALL TIMES!!!!!!
Best horror movie of all time!!

Damned By Dawn is in my opinion for the perfect blend of horror movie, gore and shock horror .. Independent. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars REALLY BAD!!
Has to be one of the worst film I have ever laid my eyes on! Do not get this if you are looking for a good horror, with good acting, and good graphics! Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by Legohead
1.0 out of 5 stars What the hell ..........!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh my very very very dear!!!!!! What the hell have I just wasted 80 minutes of my life on and more importantly why didn't I turn it off!! Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by tallan24
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