Thursday, November 9, 2017
The Midnight After (2014) 2h 4m
It's been a while since we've had any C-Horror on this blog. Come to think of it, it's been a while since I've had any horror from Japan, Korea, or China. I guess it's just how the dice roll sometimes when it comes to these reviews.
Imagine boarding a full mini-bus and while en route to your destination all signs of humanity vanish. This is the plot of The Midnight After. While passing through a tunnel there is a moment where everyone on the bus blinks at the same time and suddenly cars and people everywhere disappear. In addition to this mystery, some of remainders that still exist begin to die in strange ways, such as their body parts just turning to dust. Theories come from every angle among those that still live.
This film had a lot going on. My issue is that some of it didn't seem to go anywhere, leaving me with a lot of questions. There's a whole section revolving around David Bowie's Space Oddity which leads to a thin thread of something else but the source is never discovered. The existence of Japanese men in gas masks gets discussed but we don't get a concrete reason as to why they have a presence in Hong Kong. There's a strange time loss/memory loss section introduced with one of the characters too that is quickly forgotten.
The Midnight After also contains a rape scene which turns into a necro-rape scene after the woman succumbs to whatever is killing people. This later outs one of the survivors as a scumbag. I'm pretty sure this whole scene is meant to have a "Lord of the Flies" twinge insomuch as morality and punishment is defined by those alive.
Aside from the confusion and sexual assault scene, The Midnight After was okay. They did a great job of making you invested with each of the survivors by the end of the film. The characters were diverse enough to keep each of their dialog interesting and the light comedic elements did break things up. I will say the character of Fat got on my nerves since he was the defacto leader by sheer jerkitude.
I give The Midnight After 2 Ziggy Stardust era David Bowie's out of 5: