×

The Day

A clumsily assembled, subpar horror thriller pits five rag-tag survivors of an unexplained violent event against a cannibal clan.

With:
With: Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Cory Hardrict, Shannyn Sossamon, Dominic Monaghan, Michael Eklund.

Pretentious grindhouse item “The Day,” a clumsily assembled, subpar horror thriller from helmer Doug Aarniokoski, pits five rag-tag survivors of an unexplained violent event against a cannibal clan. Stuffed with visual elements appropriated from superior genre titles, the pic offers plenty of splatter action, a little torture porn and a kick-ass female protagonist who knows her way around weapons as its main selling points. But weak thesping, trivial dialogue and utter disregard for the genre satisfactions of the post-apocalyptic survivor tale will limit the market.

Trapped in an abandoned house, the five soon become four: callow comrades Adam (Shawn Ashmore), Henson (Cory Hardrict), and Shannon (Shannyn Sossamon), and closemouthed loner Mary (Ashley Bell, soberly game), whose reluctance to discuss her past masks a secret that the others eventually extract in extremely unpleasant ways. But Mary’s special skills and background prove essential when the human flesh-eaters from the forest attack. Lack of compelling information about the nature of this apocalyptic world, or any character complexity, gives viewers little reason to be engaged. Not even the striking shades of gray lensing, mythic compositions and appropriately bleak wilderness setting provide any real weight.

The Day

Production: A Guy A. Danella production in association with Follow Through Prods., Rock Mafia, Preferred Content, Faction M. (International sales: Content Media Corp. Intl., Santa Monica, Calif.) Produced by Guy A. Danella. Executive producers, Michael Finley, Tim James, Antonina Armato, Ross M, Dinerstein, Doug Aarniokoski. Co-executive producers, Marc Blucas, Stan Golden, Nima Maleki, Kailey Marsh, Robert Menzies. Co-producers, Shawn Ashmore, Dominic, Monaghan. Directed by Doug Aarniokoski. Screenplay, Luke Passmore.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Boris Mojsovski; editor, Andrew Coutts; music, Rock Mafia; production designer, Lisa Soper; costume designer, Candice Beuckx. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Midnight Madness), Sept. 12, 2011. Running time: 90 MIN.

Cast: With: Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Cory Hardrict, Shannyn Sossamon, Dominic Monaghan, Michael Eklund.

More Scene

  • Margot Robbie Once Upon a Time

    Margot Robbie Says 'Barbie' Movie Will Put 'Positivity' Into the World

    Over the last 10 years, Margot Robbie has stepped into the skates of Tonya Harding, taken up the mantle of Harley Quinn and, next up, she’s playing the world’s most famous doll, Barbie. The live-action film is due out in 2020 and set to be written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, while Robbie serves [...]

  • Elsie Fisher and Bo Burnham2019 Writers

    Writers Guild Announces 2020 Awards Show Date

    The 72nd Annual Writers Guild Awards will take place in coinciding ceremonies in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton and the Edison Ballroom in New York on Feb. 1, the Writers Guild of America announced. The WGA will begin voting in November and will reveal this year’s TV nominees Dec. 5 and film Jan. 6. [...]

  • LGBTQ Film Festival Outfest Opens With

    Outfest Opens With Documentary About Gay Porn Shops Circus of Books

    Granted, the red carpet at the opening night of Outfest in DTLA may not have been the most star-studded but it was without a doubt the most diverse, inclusive and, yes, fabulous. “I’ve never been here before,” admitted “RuPaul’s Drag Race” vet Trixie Mattel, who stars in the documentary “Moving Parts.” “It’s supposed to be [...]

  • Alamo Drafthouse Opens New Downtown Los

    Alamo Drafthouse Storms into L.A. with New Location

    “Cinema is alive and well tonight!” Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League declared at the theatrical venue’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday night, where a gathering of 160 employees cheered and sliced into a strip of 35mm film in keeping with the company’s tradition. Despite dire predictions heralding the end of the theater-going experience, League was upbeat [...]

  • America Ferrera'Superstore' TV show photocall, Comic

    America Ferrera Blasts 'Send Her Back' Chant: 'Embarrassing and Shameful'

    America Ferrera has been a longtime political activist who has focused a large part of her work on immigrant rights. She’s now speaking out about the chant of “send her back” targeting Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar that was shouted at a President Donald Trump rally earlier this week. “It’s devastating and shocking and embarrassing and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content