Amber is desperate to move out of the small town she grew up in and she has an apartment in sight, but the owner is tired of waiting for her. She gets one last chance, but she has to be there to meet him the next day. Without a car, she asks her friends if they want to take here there, but on the way down their car stops. A truck finally stops to help them but the only solution they can find is that he drives them there. They jump into the back of the truck, but when they get out they're nowhere near where they were going. Instead they're in an old slaughterhouse, and something is out there to get them.
I'm not really a fan of the After Dark movies, and I certainly didn't plan to watch this movie. But when it came in the mail as a review copy, what else can I do? I could send it back, but I lose less money by actually watching it. And if it sucks, I'll just tear it to pieces. No problem!
It's nothing original, but it's not all terrible either for being your typical horror movie. We have a group of teenagers going on a bit of a road trip to help our lead, Amber, get the apartment she wants in Chicago. Their car breaks down and they have to ask a nice truck driver if they can go with him since he was going to Chicago anyway. One of them sits in front with him, the rest of them party in the back of the truck. At this point it could go either way - he could be a bad guy or he could just drive them there. It wouldn't matter, neither of the two are unexpected. As it turns out, he is a bad guy. He doesn't take them to Chicago, but to an abandoned slaughterhouse. They they get out from the truck they're met by bloodthirsty creatures that are running on the walls, jumping around, screaming, and all that. The rest of the movie is a struggle for survival, and a little bit of plot where we try to figure out what these things are (all we know is that there is a leader that feeds them).
I honestly have no idea what these creatures were meant to be, but my guess is that they wanted to make them like vampires. They're more of the "30 Days of Night" and "Stake Land" vampires, which means that the movie is very high octane and the creatures are just everywhere. I'm as bored of these "vampires" as I am with running zombies. It's not that the movies are automatically bad (I liked "30 Days of Night" up until the end) but it just bores me too quickly. There's little attempt at trying something different in these movies and I just can't be excited over them.
The best thing this film has going for it is the location. I dug the abandoned slaughterhouse and facilities that they're in. It works well with the story it built up where they're like an outsider pack being helped by their leader. That they live in an abandoned place fits just fine. But other than that the movie is just your standard modern horror.
The characters are annoying (but most of them die fairly quick here), the creatures are boring, the horror just isn't there (jump scares that fall flat), the editing is trying too hard to make us stressed, and it tries to twist the movie towards the end. These things aren't making this a shitty movie, but a very run-of-the-mill, which means you could just watch any other horror movie instead of this and you're likely to have just as good of a time. There's nothing here that's worth spending time on. I never watched the director's other film, "Rovdyr", but going by this I think it's better if I skip it.