‘Hell will rise’
Day of Reckoning is a 2016 American science fiction action horror film directed by Joel Novoa from a screenplay by Gregory Gieras (Big Ass Spider!; Centipede!; Dark Asylum) for Epic Pictures (The Lodgers).
The film was one of the Syfy originals shown as part of the channel’s ’31 Days of Halloween’ season.
Raymond J. Barry (Flight of the Living Dead; Christmas Evil), Jackson Hurst (Wraith; The Mist), Barbara Crampton (Death House; We Are Still Here; Re-Animator), Heather McComb (Paranormal Abduction; Shark Swarm), Hana Hayes, Nick Gomez, Daz Crawford, Randy Vasquez, Jay Jay Warren, Vaughn Wilkinson, Maz Siam, Ricardo Chacon, Luis E. Carazo, Timothy Snyder.
Los Angeles: It is fifteen years after the world has suffered a horrendous disaster caused by demon-like creatures invading Earth and nearly destroyed mankind.
Mediocre husband and father David Shepperd (Jackson Hurst) has to try to save his family when the demon creatures return to wreak more havoc…
” …pretty much a typical SyFy film. It’s a bit more serious than most but, ultimately, it follows the same pattern. A group of characters have to get from one location to another without getting killed by a paranormal threat. It won’t take you by surprise but Raymond J. Barry and Barbara Crampton are both well-cast and, if you’re a fan of SyFy movies, you’ll probably enjoy Day of Reckoning.” Lia Bowman, Through the Shattered Lens
“The characters are generally likable, though, and surprisingly sensible aside from a few lapses … The script makes no attempt to offer any explanations for the attacks, which is realistic but also frustrating at times. It would have been nice to have more of a plot then how our heroes get from point A to point B. But while there’s nothing new here, it’s still an entertaining popcorn film.” MovieCritic NextDoor, The Slaughtered Bird
“At one point, glimpses of Big Ass Spider! are seen on a handy TV, which prompted me to wonder whether a world which had suffered an actual invasion by monsters would need to make low-rent comedy-horror monster movies … but also to note how unusually sombre this is, downplaying the usual humour and taking family soap seriously (if not with anything like depth). Gomez gives the standard Asshole Who Makes Things Worse character a low-key intensity which keeps his scenes edgy and unpredictable (until he gets got by a giant caterpillar thing).” The Kim Newman Web Site
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