Title: Perkins' 14

Also known as:
Fright Nights (Philippines English title)

Year: 2009

Genre: Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 95 min

Director: Craig Singer

Writer: Lane Shadgett & Jeremy Donaldson

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1230211/

10 years after the first disappearing in Stone Cove, a cop thinks he has found the kidnapper. In total 14 kids were kidnapped, and the cop's son was one of them. He starts to investigate it and realize he was very right, this man is guilty, but what he did to the kids is far worse than any of them ever could have thought. But one positive thing is that most of them are still alive. Or maybe that's the least positive thing?

Our thoughts:
I never bothered with the majority of the After Dark films but back when "Perkins' 14" was being made I remember thinking it sounded like an alright movie. I always remembered the title since then but there was never enough enthusiasm to actually do anything about it until now. I didn't hate the movie but I know why I never bothered too much with After Dark films when the movies are like this one.

It's about a guy who kidnapped 14 kids 10 years ago. Or rather, it is about a cop who is a father of one of those kids, and who believes he has now found the guilty man. As he starts to look it up more he realizes it actually is him. As time goes by he, we and the entire town understand what happened to the kids. They were fed on drugs for all of these years and they are now acting like crazy monsters. They are released upon the unexpecting town and blood starts flowing.

There's the reason I wanted to see the movie back then - it sounds like a fun plot! And for the most part I thought it handled itself alright. The characters were annoying and whatnot, but that's fine in these films. The one thing that I couldn't let go of was the fact that we were told they were fed drugs to act this way. Fine! But don't fucking make them invincible because of it! Honestly, not a single one of these things die or get injured. And that means there's very little fight between them and the humans as they are just hunted down, never harmed themselves. There are just no give-a-fucks to give this movie when you watch it because you can't be bothered by the plot anymore. It started out solid in a much more thriller-fashion where he realizes that the guy they have in a cell for the night is the same guy who has been kidnapping 14 kids, and done who-knows-what to them. Up until we find out they are now maniacs, and are let out, the movie was pretty well-told. It worked as a modern horror movie up until that point. After that it became less and less interesting, and ultimately the part of the movie that should've been the most fun became boring.

There should be a fairly big base of people who would enjoy the movie, it does deliver some pretty good pumping blood and it builds a good plot to start with. I think the second half is what will divide people into different camps. If you perhaps like other After Dark films, or most modern mainstream horror movies in general, than I don't see a reason to skip this one at all. As a matter of fact, in those comparisions it might actually be an alright movie overall. This lands somewhere around Meh Island and The Great Give-a-fuck Sea for me.

Positive things:
- It does have some gore to keep you occupied when it gets meh!
- A solid start.
Negative things:
- Should've stayed a thriller.
- Invincible drug-addicted kids?
- Annoying, moronic characters, maybe except Perkins himself. The father/cop especially!
- These fluorescent lamps always have to flicker, don't they?

Gore: 2.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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