Vanishing on 7th Street
Drama (Horror, Thriller)
Running Time: 92 minutes
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo
Directed By: Brad Anderson
Rating: 1.5 out of 10
The city of Detroit is plunged into darkness and most of the population simply disappears. A few people try and survive by staying in the light, as monsters stalk them in the shadows.
This movie combines two of my least favorite things in horror. Those two things are the PG-13 rating, and monsters that are not able to step into the light for some reason. I obviously went in with an open mind but it was apparent quite early on that these two things were going to ruin this movie. Vanishing on 7th street is the story about the city of Detroit. After a massive blackout, most of the population simply disappears. A few survivors must work together, and more importantly stay in the light to avoid being taken by entities in the darkness.
As the film carries on, it gets harder and harder to take it seriously. The characters are trapped in a bar and all the so called frights are only there through their stupid decisions. These decisions mostly entail venturing out into the dark without proper supplies. It is also hard to get worked up over shadow creatures that look like they were imported straight off a 1980’s Triaminic cough syrup box. (For my younger readers, picture burned gingerbread men.) The film is plagued with situations where light seems to fade faster than is possible, and with the entities struggling to take the less than intelligent survivors. Abandoned towns should be paralyzing to behold,(See 28 Days Later) not wearisome and dismal to look at as it is with this film (That maybe just Detroit though.) As the characters struggle to coexist and find answers to their predicament, the film abruptly ends with little satisfaction. It would seem monsters capable of mass extinctions would have a better plan for success. It would also have been prudent to explain what would happen to these monsters if they ever were exposed to light, which they also fail to address.
T Factor + If you like paranormal movies then this could score higher on the rating scale.
T Factor – If you like your horror movies to be jump out your seat scary then this could score lower on the rating scale.
If you liked this film reel recommendations: Darkness Falls, Pulse.