Seize The Night (2015) Short Film Review

Seize-the-Night-Poster-Web-SSeize The Night (2015)

Director: Emma Dark

Runtime – 13 mins

Starring: Emma Dark, Carey Thring, Anthony Ilott and Paul Ewen.

‘Seize The Night’ is an ambitious horror/sci-fi short from the super talented British independent filmmaker Emma Dark.

After escaping from a secret government bio-research compound renegade vampire assassin Eva (Emma Dark) is hell bent on revenge. Receiving a tip off from the mysterious Dante (Anthony Ilott) she meets with arms dealer Joe (Paul Ewen) who informs her that an enemy is hot on her tail. Eva hunts the hunter and encounters a team of werewolves, led by pack alpha Tobias (Carey Thring). During their confrontation Eva learns a terrible secret and is forced into a situation of such gravity she may have to join forces with the devil she knows in order to fight the greatest of all evils.

STN-BTS-Emma-Dark-promo-photo-by-AJ-Singh‘Seize The Night’ does displays elements of ‘Underworld’ and ‘Blade’ but Dark creates so much more in her own unique way, injecting new ideas that are bursting with energy. It would be wrong to label this as a blatant rip-off because it’s totally fresh! My first viewing of this short was wow! If only this had been a feature?

The first thing that hits you on ‘Seize The Night’ is the stunning score by Eric Elick. The soundtrack will blow you away and it’s up there with any Hollywood movie generating the perfect eerie tone as you step into Eva’s world.

‘Seize The Night’ has a monochromatic bluish look which gives the perfect sinister atmosphere. Along with the impressive visual effects, a nice backstory and interesting characters, this short will keep you hooked right to the end. Dark as Eva, looks a little too cute at times to be a bloodsucker until she gets those teeth out and displays her excellent combat skills, making her one total badass!

STN-BTS-Emma-Dark-and-Paul-Ewen-on-set-photo-by-AJ-SinghThe action scenes were coordinated by Roy Scammell (Alien), which all look outstanding on screen and exciting to watch. The film is now hitting the festivals so if you get a chance to see it please do!

The only thing I found wrong with ‘Seize The Night’ is the fact the film is way too big to just be a short. Dark leaves you wanting much more but overall ‘Seize the Night’ is a fang-tastic short! A film you can really sink your teeth into!

8/10

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Dean Sills

About Dean Sills

Dean Sills is a professional freelance writer and actor from England. He has written for a number of magazines and Newspapers including Down Your Way, Cinema Retro, Elvis Presley Fan Club magazine, F1 Racing, Barnsley Chronicle, Awesome online magazine plus many more. He was also a Newspaper Correspondent for the former, Dearne Courier and ran his own Quiz of the Week each week inside the newspaper along with a cartoon. His acting credits can be found on IMDb http://www.imdb.com/name/ nm5088823 and he recently worked on the new Indie Horror film "Blaze of Gory" in which he had a bit part with a nice few lines of dialogue.