Tuesday, 17 July 2012
DVD review: Quiet Nights of Blood and Pain (Video 2009)
Adrienne (Amanda DeLotelle) was a soldier in Iraq. Now home from the war she is haunted by the horrors she witnessed and suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Struggling with the goverment for her pay and assistance just to get by. Concurrently William (Loren Goins) is another Soldier home from Iraq, also strugging to make sense of what he experienced in the conflict. Except he was highly involved in the torture and killing of prisoners and dissidents for information while stationed there. The problem is that now he is home, he STILL thinks he is doing that job. Anyone who appears "un-american" will cross his path and feel the rage. Leaving a trail of bodies and rivers of blood in his wake it is only a matter of time before these two will meet and hell will break loose. Quiet Nights of Blood and Pain is produced, written and directed by Andrew Copp. The acting is very stiff and beyond bad, the camerawork and editing is mediocre. The production just feels very cheap (the budget obviously was very low) and amateurish. In my opinion there are a few good scenes but these are way too few and too far between another good thing is the bleak and hopelessnes that predominates the flick. It´s gory but it´s cheap and often badly made practical make-up fx. Some of the props look ridiculously phoney, for instance the knife that William uses in several scenes is clearly fake with a gray-painted blade (possibly a plastic toy knife bought at Toys R Us or is it Papier-maché?) or the meatcleaver that is used. No T and A in this.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Copp Films (Tempe Video)
Rating: 0½ out of 7. A few good scenes and a nice dark tone can´t save this mess. Too much seriously bad acting and mediocre production values... Spend your time and money on something else.