aka: Blood Night
Director: Frank Sabatella
Starring: Bill Moseley, Danielle Harris, Nate Dushku, Samantha Siong, Anthony Marks
Will you make it through the night?
In 1978, little Mary Mattock went crazy and murdered several people with scissors and an axe. She is put in a psychiatric ward and is later raped by a male orderly and she gets pregnant. After she has given birth, she is lied to and told that the baby is stillborn which causes her to attack the staff before being shot to death by the police.
That night has been dubbed “Blood Night” on the mouths of young adults and is celebrated each year in the same way that Halloween is celebrated. The twentieth anniversary is coming up and the local teens are planning to have a big party that will start with a séance at the graveyard where Mary is resting.
Blood Night is a very run of the mill slasher film. The influence of Halloween is very obvious and the entire story is very unoriginal and has nothing new to add to the subgenre. If you are going to create a predictable slasher film then you at least have to present an interesting killer. Mary is a naked ghost who pops up every now and then with a very nice body to look at, but is not interesting or scary at all.
That’s kind of the problem with the film, there is nothing new here. The “twist” is predictable and easy to spot right away, the gore is not done very well, there’s nothing scary about it and the murder scenes aren’t creative enough to make this enjoyable. The characters are annoying and there aren’t really any leading protagonist that the viewer can cheer for or hope to survive. All the characters are typical stupid college kids who are annoying in every scene they got their clothes on.
The film was directed and co-written by the first-timer Frank Sabatella. I was first going to excuse him a little for having to work with a low-budget, but according to IMDB it had an estimate of 3,000,000 dollars. If that is true, then it is no excuse to have it look and feel so cheap. For a quick comparison, Insidious was made for half of that.
It seems like they wanted to get someone known to the horror community for the film and they managed to land two beloved people of the genre in Bill Moseley and Danielle Harris. They are both good in the film, although it looks like they weren’t on the set during the entire shoot and rather had too little screen time each, even though their characters are both important to the story. It was funny to see Harris play a more evil character since she is such a cute and sweet girl. The rest of the cast is more unknown young actors, none of which was impressive or even good.
Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet is a failed attempt of doing a modern slasher in the same vein as the beloved 80’s ones. It is not as bad as Hatchet, another movie who tried the same thing, but it’s still pretty bad. See it if you love Danielle Harris or Bill Moseley, if not then stay away.