Film Review: 3rd Night @ FrightFest 2017
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Premiering in the UK at this year’s FrightFest in London, 3rd Night is the directorial debut of Adam Graveley who also wrote, produced and edited the horror feature. The film, however, is a disaster from start to finish with a nonsensical plot, a lack of effective horror and some horrible acting. 3rd Night follows the young couple, Meagan (Jesse McGinn) and Jonathan (Robert Hartburn), who have just moved into a small house with an orchard in the Australian bush. Their attempt to escape the bustle of city life is disrupted early on though when their pet cat goes missing and cryptic notes begin to appear. All the while, a killer lurks around the house, waiting to strike on what might be a fatal third night in the couple’s new home. At least this is what the story is meant to be - as one of 3rd Night's biggest problems is its complete lack of focus. For a film of only 72 minutes in length, it’s surprising how much of it is spent on pointless characters and story elements that are not horror focussed at all. A pregnancy plotline, as well as some needless backstory for Bruce Denny's character of Cambo are just a couple of examples of wasted time in what becomes a drag of a film. There are also several plot points, such as one involving pigs, that we are led to believe will be important later, but are in fact never touched upon again.
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