Damned by Dawn, 2009 Australian supernatural horror

Country: Australia
Director, writer: Brett Anstey
Horror themes: (filed under Curse horror) banshee, screaming woman, ancient curses and traditions, walking dead/undead, resurrection, corpses, survival
Verdict: 5/10… Average, but with some scary scenes. [Damned by Dawn – Amazon.com]

Damned By Dawn: Official horror movie trailer (YouTube)

Plot summary of Damned by Dawn

Spoken of only in fearful whispers, a supernatural force holds a chilling grip over a remote, primitive farming community where Claire (Renee Wilner) arrives to visit her ailing grandmother. On her deathbed, the old woman warns Claire about the cost of interfering with a powerful spirit coming to claim her soul, and when the rest of the family fails to heed these ancient traditions, the dead are called up from their graves for a bloody night of retribution that leaves carnage and monstrous mayhem in its wake! A riveting rollercoaster of terror in the tradition of The Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell, this acclaimed new vision of horror reveals that there truly are things in the night much more frightening than death!

Thoughts on Damned by Dawn

I decided to watch this horror flick when I saw Damned by Dawn compared to The Evil Dead, despite the fact that the IMDb rating is a 39. I give it 5/10 because I found the first third or perhaps half of the film to contain some pretty creepy imagery. Like so many other horror movies, I felt that the attempt to show some of the supernatural elements via CGI detracted from the film a bit. Perhaps an invisible force would have been more frightening than a flying skull, for instance.

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