Friday, April 16, 2010
I have to know what it was!!!
I went to see "Dawning" tonight at Maverick 4 Theatres. It's an indie horror movie by Minneapolis filmmaker Gregg Holtgrewe. Very, very creepy.
As I said in my Go&Do column, it's been making a splash at film festivals partly because the villain in the story isn't made known. It's up to the audience to fill in that blank. The story line is about a broken family who goes to stay in a cabin in the woods. After something kills the family dog, a mysterious, bloodied man shows up inside the cabin claiming to need to hide from something outside. Who or what he won't say. So the tension mounts as the family has to decide whether he is the bad guy or whether they should offer him shelter from what's outside. Meanwhile, the situation puts heavy strain on already tenuous family bonds.
By the end, I was really freaked out. Something about the woods in this area of the country is scary enough already. Add an unknown assailant and you've got a recipe for me checking under my bed before I go to sleep tonight.
The cast and crew were at the screening and answered questions from the audience. Despite the unknown villain element really working for the film, I couldn't help but want to raise my hand and say, "Can you just tell us what or who you think was the bad guy?" I just wish I knew. Who or what it was must have been in Gregg's mind at some point during this whole process. I'm desperately wondering what's in his mind. Or maybe the actors had an idea in their minds so they could have a point of reference to react to as they were acting? ... In an age when you can Google an answer to everything, it's tough to not have an answer to something so intriguing.
If anyone else saw it tonight, e-mail me what you think it was at firstname.lastname@example.org.