My damn stubborn ass needs to learn to listen. Before the Interwebs, horror fans had a much harder time deciphering what was worth the effort and what's best left to languish on the video shop shelf. Much of it was trial-and-error toiling away nightly with the VCR. One might end up with a night wasted with insufferable dreck or strike it lucky with the right mood and feature. That's why it's always best to line up a double or triple feature if possible.
One of the greatest assets of having such a connected horror community online, besides nitpicking everything, is the ability weed out the shit from the Shinola. See an unknown title on-demand or buy some horror flick on tape you've never heard of before? Simply type in the title into the Google and you're usually inundated with reviews, comments, and photos of the given movie. It's an amazingly powerful tool for both budding gorehounds still learning the OCD and the aging initiated who refuse to get off our fat asses as much as we should. This Internet backchecking is almost essential nowadays with the ongoing glut of horror available from the dawn of relatively cheap, "prosumer" HD camera and editing equipment over the last few years. Far more so than the VHS era's shot-on-video genre offerings, there's just so damn much homebrew horror to keep up with.
When the almost hour long making-of featurette on Image Entertainment's DVD is far more engrossing than Damned at Dawn itself, you know something went horribly wrong. Simply put, writer/director Brett Anstey's feature-length debut feels like what a non-horror fan would perceive as what a horror fan would love. A gauntlet of forced chairjumpers, screaming, running, blood, fog, trees, and gunfire. Unfortunately, these potentially fun elements don't come together and there's a distinct ruination of most creativity from the overuse of CG.
It's hard to recommend the mostly boring and silly Damned at Dawn. That's tough to say since the surprisingly great making-of genuinely leaves the impression everyone involved had their hearts in the right place--most of all Anstey. Maybe with more work this filmmaker will create something special, but for now, "sick of waiting for Evil Dead 4?" Re-watch the existing three. Sometimes it's best to listen.