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Dark and Stormy Night (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery | 16 January 2009 (USA)
In the 1930s the family of old Sinas Cavinder, gathered for the reading of his will, find themselves being murdered by a mysterious phantom while two rival reporters compete for the story.

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Larry Blamire

Writer:

Larry Blamire (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jim Beaver ... Jack Tugdon
Jennifer Blaire ... Billy Tuesday
Larry Blamire ... Ray Vestinhaus
Bob Burns ... Kogar the Gorilla
Dan Conroy ... Happy Codburn
Robert Deveau Robert Deveau ... Archie Folde
Bruce French ... Jeens
Betty Garrett ... Mrs. Hausenstout
Trish Geiger ... Jane Hovenham
Brian Howe ... Burling Famish, Jr.
Marvin Kaplan ... Gunny
James Karen ... Seyton Ethelquake
Alison Martin ... Mrs. Cupcupboard
Fay Masterson ... Sabasha Fanmoore
Susan McConnell Susan McConnell ... Thessaly
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A strange and mysterious group of strange, mysterious people gathers in the old dark house of the Cavinder Estate for the reading of the will of the late Sinas Cavinder. Strangest and most mysterious of this group is the unseen psychopathic killer who is psychopathically killing the gatherees one by one. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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In a House, Everyone Can Hear You Scream

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Comedy | Mystery

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Not Rated

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Темная и бурная ночь See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Happy Codburn: [after a body falls out from a hidden passage] Hey, a stiff! What do I win?
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Not his best work, but passable.
25 May 2010 | by DarthPaul85See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. This movie definitely falls short of that one, at least on the first viewing, but still has its charm.

If you're unfamiliar with Larry Blamire's work, this film is a "tribute" to those classic 1940's murder mysteries. As with Skeleton, it's definitely a comedy, but not a full-blown parody film. The film is funny (arguably) because it's a bad 1940's movie, not because it's full of jokes. However, there are jokes there too.

The film succeeds in nailing a few stereotypes from the era. Some of the characters are very fun to watch (the high class British guy, the jungle guy, and the cook are among my favorites). Blamire also throws in some great jokes and a couple spoofs on movie conventions.

Unfortunately, this film doesn't work nearly as well as his other movies. First off, the genre isn't played with enough. Just because the murder mystery clichés are exposed doesn't mean they're funny. A prime example of this is the dialogue. Often the dialogue is clichéd, but not unbelievable. Unfortunately, it's done *just* serious enough to not be funny or clever. We're left feeling like there's nothing intentionally funny going on.

Blamire is clearly walking a thin line here: he's trying to make the film believable for the time AND funny for being of that time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it falls flat.

Another of the film's shortcomings is inconsistent characterization. Some of the characters are great, but a few are weak, annoying, or simply feel tacked-on (and not for the sake of being tacked-on).

Ultimately, this film falls short of both Lost Skeleton and its sequel. There are definite laughs to be had, and I suspect a second viewing will provide some new laughs, but overall this film feels lost between dedication to the genre and making fun of it.


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