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The Harsh Light Of Day

If you could take revenge the criminals that raped and killed your wife and left you forever in a wheelchair, would you? Of course you would, but at what price…

If you could take revenge the criminals that raped and
killed your wife and left you forever in a wheelchair, would you? Of course you
would, but at what price…

Successful occult
author Daniel
Sherigold’s (Dan
) seemingly has everything, a beautiful wife (played by Niki
), successful career, lovely home, the lot. Until one
night his life is shattered when his wife is murdered during an attack on their
home by a trio of masked intruders. This same savage attack leaves Dan
permanently in a wheelchair after he tries to save her and is thrown downstairs
then beaten unconscious by one of the assailants. All the while the gang are
filming their every action.

In the months that
follow his life becomes increasingly more desolate and secluded as seems unable
to recover from his horrific loss. Even Fiona (Sophie Linfield), his pretty carer, can’t bring him out of his
obsession with finding the killers.

Enter Infumari (Giles Alderson) a strange colleague of
his publisher, who offers Dan that of which he desires above all…a chance to
get revenge on the thugs that have destroyed his life. Infumari’s offer is not
without a price however, but Dan’s hatred of his attackers is such that he
agrees to go ahead at any cost. Soon after he loses his appetite for pasta but
gains a new one for raw bloody steak and human blood!

Infumari warns Dan to
dismiss Fiona or face the consequences, but he fails to heed his warning. He
starts having hallucinations and flashbacks to his earlier life, and all the
while he’s changing, readying himself for his new life…

The Harsh Light of Day
is a rare thing… an interesting new take on Vampire mythology. It’s also
another rare thing, a nicely shot, well acted low-budget British horror film.
The central performances are all very good, especially Giles Anderson & Dan
Richardson in the central roles. Sure, some of the dialogue is a little stilted
at times, and one or two of the bit players aren’t very convincing, but given
the budget this is easily forgivable. There are also some Inventive montages
and dream sequences, well staged gore and a good use flashbacks to move the
story forward, especially to the night of the attack. The only quibble would be
the unnecessary use of camcorder footage later on in the film, it jarred a
little, especially since the rest of the film was so nicely shot. That said,
this is an excellent debut feature from director Oliver S. Milburn who, if given a bigger budget looks like he
could have an interesting directorial future. One to watch.

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