Faceless After Dark

2023

Action / Thriller

2
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 79% · 14 reviews
IMDb Rating 4.5/10 10 307 307

Director

Top cast

Jenna Kanell as Bowie
Jeff Sprauve as Officer
Jason MacDonald as SouthernGentleman74
Catherine Corcoran as Kathrynne
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762.47 MB
1280*534
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 23 min
Seeds 10
1.53 GB
1920*800
English 5.1
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 23 min
Seeds 21

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jonjarocki-90754 5 / 10

Fanatic Descent

Raymond Wood's "Faceless After Dark" is an audacious foray into the sinister realms of fan culture and the ephemeral boundary between reality and fiction, subjects that bristle with potential yet require a deft touch to explore effectively. The film, while occasionally dazzling with its visual bravado, ultimately falters under the strain of its inconsistent narrative and muddled thematic execution.

The plot centers on Bowie, brought to life by Jenna Kanell, an actress who catapulted to fame through her role in a notorious killer clown horror film. This meta-casting nods to Kanell's own experience in "Terrifier," a film that, had I seen it, might have sharpened my appreciation for some of the more self-referential elements embedded in "Faceless After Dark." Bowie's life takes a dramatic and dark turn when an obsessed fan invades her home, determined to recreate the gruesome scenes from her film in real life. Here, the stage is set for a potentially gripping, nerve-wracking thriller. Yet, instead of tightening the screws of suspense, the film veers into unexpected and often bewildering territory, morphing into a surreal and disjointed narrative of revenge and self-destruction. Bowie's transformation from prey to predator is both jarring and poorly justified.

Kanell's performance is, without doubt, the film's most luminous aspect. She maneuvers through Bowie's psychological turmoil with finesse, embodying a character whose oscillation between vulnerability and cold-blooded rage offers glimpses of the film's intended depth. There are fleeting moments where Kanell's portrayal transcends the material, suggesting the psychological complexity the film aspires to but never fully achieves. This depth is intermittently sabotaged by a script that fails to anchor her character's motivations and arc, a flaw made more ironic given that Kanell herself co-wrote the script.

Kanell's Bowie emerges as a figure of tragic complexity, her descent into madness punctuated by moments of stark, almost poetic clarity. Her eyes, the proverbial windows to a soul shattered by fame and fanaticism, reflect a haunting blend of fear, rage, and resignation. During confrontations with her victims, the camera lingers on her face, capturing a spectrum of fleeting emotions that convey more than the often clumsy dialogue ever could. These moments of visual storytelling hint at a richer, more nuanced film buried beneath the layers of its flawed execution.

The film grapples with themes of exploitation, trauma, and vengeance, yet handles these weighty subjects with a heavy-handedness that generates more confusion than insight. The narrative's shift from a horror-thriller to a convoluted revenge tale leaves a trail of unanswered questions in its wake. Bowie's transformation from victim to killer is particularly problematic, lacking a coherent rationale and rendering her actions capricious and unjustified. This indecision muddles the film's identity, causing it to vacillate between psychological thriller and exploitative horror without committing fully to either genre, thereby diluting the impact of its most harrowing scenes.

Furthermore, the film's commentary on the toxicity of fandom and the objectification of actresses is both pertinent and poorly executed. It raises significant points about the often despicable treatment of young women in the industry, especially within the horror genre. Many actresses who have found themselves typecast as "scream queens" have embraced their niche, yet this does not erase the pervasive toxic masculinity and lack of artistic respect they endure, a plight that Bowie (and perhaps Kanell) confronts. However, the film's attempt to critique this obsessive and intrusive behavior is undermined by its erratic storytelling and lack of focus, diluting the potency of its social commentary.

Director Wood demonstrates a keen eye for atmospheric tension, a talent reflected in the film's strongest aspect-its visual style. Cinematographer Randall Blizzard crafts a world that oscillates between eerie detachment and intimate claustrophobia, a visual dichotomy that mirrors Bowie's fractured psyche. However, Wood's directorial inexperience surfaces through an overreliance on editing and cinematographic gimmicks commonly employed by fledgling filmmakers eager to establish their unique voice. These techniques contribute to the film's unsettling atmosphere, employing quick cuts and disorienting transitions that echo Bowie's mental disintegration. Yet, the incessant use of dramatic musical cues and strobe-like effects-so pervasive that the film comes with a flashing lights warning-often induces more frustration than fear. Wood's ambition to weave a tapestry of fear that evokes the disorienting dread of David Lynch or the expressionistic horror of Dario Argento is evident, yet his execution falls short, leaving the viewer disoriented and detached.

The supporting cast delivers commendable performances, yet they are hamstrung by underdeveloped characters that serve more as narrative devices than fully fleshed individuals. This deficiency highlights the broader narrative weaknesses of the film. "Faceless After Dark" ultimately emerges as a cinematic enigma, a film tantalizing with potential yet falling short of its lofty ambitions. It presents a collection of intriguing fragments, each imbued with promise, yet never coalescing into a cohesive whole. Despite its myriad flaws, the film lingers in the mind, a ghostly presence haunting the viewer long after the credits roll. It is in these lingering echoes that one can discern a measure of the film's imperfect, incomplete success.

"Faceless After Dark" may not fully realize its ambitions, but it offers enough glimpses of brilliance to make it a thought-provoking, if ultimately flawed, exploration of the dark side of fan culture and the perilous intersection of reality and fiction.

Reviewed by thefuturemoviecritic 7 / 10

Doesn't deserve the bad reviews

I haven't seen the Terrifier movies so I don't know much about Jenna Kanell. This movie popped up as something I might like and the cover and synopsis were intriguing and I saw it was a new release and figured what the hell. It's been awhile since I've done a review so why not get back at it with another indie horror movie fresh off the market? Faceless After Dark is a movie that lives in its meta world. I haven't seen Terrifier but I can assume that Jenna's decision to make her claim to fame a killer clown movie was motivated by that movie and so the disdain she feels towards everything seems all the more real for it. Everything feels real. The synopsis is a little misleading because it's only a small part of the movie that sets up the events for the real story to begin and I see why some would be bothered by that but once you look past it you get something even better that shouldn't be spoiled here. It's true that Bowie isn't a character that you like right away but everybody else seems worse and I think that might be the point and by the end of it you can see that this movie was a deeply personal one for its writer and star that proves as a catharsis. It isn't perfect but it has something important to say and I think the message was gotten across well, a message that should be heard. It's worth a watch and definitely not deserving of the hate it seems to be getting here. See for yourself.

Reviewed by templetab 1 / 10

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This movie actually may be THE absolute WORSSSTT movie i have ever watched in my entire life This is saying a LOT because i am someone who enjoys very movie, like I enjoyed Madame Web.

The use of modern gen z lingo is cringy causing me to not take the movie seriously whatsoever (and IM GEN Z) Nothing makes sense??? AT ALL The acting is horrible and all of the actions and saying of the characters like nobody acts like that in real life.

The actions of the main character are so random it's insane im so mad I paid 7 dollars to watch it on youtube. I just wanted to watch a good new horror movie and this was NOT it. So cringy that it's impossible to find it thrilling or frightening.

Not sure why the ratings for the movie are so high because it is genuinely bad.

Thank you for your time.

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