Plot: Hank (Jeremy Gardner) thought he was happy with Abby (Brea Grant) but one day she was gone and just left a weird note. And then, in the night, a monster starts coming to their house, trying to break in. Hank barely sleeps anymore and hopes to find some proof of the monster’s existence. But even more than that, he hopes to find a way to get Abby back.
After Midnight had a lot to live up for me because Gardner’s The Battery is still one of my favorite films I ever saw at the /slash Filmfestival. I was a little afraid that I had maybe pushed my expectations too high for After Midnight, but I need not have worried: After Midnight is a wonderful that again made it to my favorite films list of this year’s festival.
Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) has been taking care of his sick mother for a while, but after her death, he falls apart. That leads to him assaulting somebody in a bar fight and Evan facing criminal charges. His solution is to take his inheritance and go on a prolonged trip to Europe. After a few stops, he ends up in a small town in Italy where he meets Louise (Nadia Hilker) and immediately falls for her. Even though she shoots his first advances down, they end up spending a lot of time together. But there is more to Louise than meets the eye.
I have never seen Richard Linklater’s “Before”-Trilogy, but Spring is the worst nightmare iteration of what I imagine those films to be: a young man who thinks that he is incredibly wise and two people having conversations that drag on forever and that are shooting for depth, but end up being completely immature. I am not exaggerating when I say that I hated the film.
Ben (Jeremy Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim) used to play baseball together. But that was before the zombie apocalypse happened. Now they roam the country together, looking for other survivors. And not only because there’s safety in numbers, but because they don’t actually get along that well.
The Battery surprised me. It looked like a mix between mumblecore (which is SO not my thing) and zombie movies (which, if I like them, I usually like for everything but the zombies). And it was just that. But somehow it didn’t end in the catastrophe I expected. Instead it blew me away.