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Faceless After Dark (2023) ★

Faceless After Dark


Following her breakout role in a killer clown horror flick, Bowie now finds herself struggling to capitalize on its success, but when she is suddenly held hostage by an unhinged fan posing as that same killer clown, horror becomes her reality as she fights to survive the night and escape before he completes his sinister plan to recreate the film’s fatal plot.


Damn, my 2024 list of best horror movies is downright shabby so far. Faceless After Dark is the 43rd horror film I’ve watched that has been widely released in 2024. Out of the 43 movies, I’ve given a total of 105 stars so far. Which averages out to around 2.44 stars per new movie.

And Faceless After Dark will anchor this even lower. This had to be one of the most boring horror movies I’ve watched this year. It’s basically a B-movie actress meta adaptation of a slasher. First off, I hate movies that incorporate meta into the plot. The behind-the-scenes look at a struggling B-movie personality was unique, but the twist was ineffective. There were no real scares to merit this as a horror movie. At 86 minutes, this film seemed to take 86 hours just to fizzle.

Faceless After Dark is a boring, waste of time. It tried to market itself as horrific. The posters are misleading. The tagline is: ‘The calls are coming from inside the house.’ Where did that even come from? This might be the most out of context, misleading lure I’ve seen. Like this was some classic horror flashback to a babysitter getting stalked via a home invasion. So, yeah, this is a hot mess of a movie. The acting gets a star, the writing and direction get nada.

Rating: ★ (out of 5)

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