The Night Watchmen
- 80 mins
Hosted by Director Mitchell Altieri and Actors Ken Arnold and Dan DeLuca
Official Selection: Cinequest 2017, Dead by Dawn 2017, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2017
Blimpo the Clown, a national treasure, has passed away due to a mysterious illness while overseas in Romania (wonder what could have done the ol’ jester in). His body is shipped back to the U.S. and dropped off at a Baltimore newspaper building, where a “deal” is struck to watch the body overnight, before it’s safely transported to the funeral home in the morning. Sounds like a simple task, doesn’t it? Well, you haven’t seen the security responsible for the safety of this particular building – an ex-soldier, his disgruntled co-officer and an Italian hothead with a cold stare – added to which is the newest employee on his first overnight shift. He’s briefed on the duties, such as “watch this camera, play some cards.” It’s not long, though, before ol’ Blimpo hops up out of his wooden casket and takes on his new fang-tastic lifestyle, dispatching workers in the building and turning them into stark-raving bloodsuckers, and it’s up to our bumbling squad of rent-a-cops to try to save the day!
Attention all gorehounds: we’ve got a sale on an overabundance of arterial sprays and crimson douchings here – these vampires make a friggin’ mess when they’re sent back to hell (and they leave a heck of a stench too). The humour is campy but effective, and you’ll find yourself laughing out loud more than once within the film’s runtime. Overall, this little gem from director Mitchell Altieri is highly recommended for an audience looking for a fun, comedy-ridden gorefest!
- Matt Boiselle (DREAD CENTRAL)