The Undead Seek Revenge, Generally, in Fading of the Cries
What do demons, zombies, and a kid that looks like a vampire have to do with one another? Not a whole lot, except that all figure one way or another into Brian A. Metcalfs byzantine fantasy, Fading of the Cries. No one expects perfect coherenceor competent actingfrom a low-budget horror picture, but this convoluted mess sets new lows in underimagined, overplotted narrativenot to mention grade-Z thesping and dimly portentous dialogue. Not everything is as it seems, intones an ashen teen vamp (Jordan Matthews, a poor mans Robert Pattinson) and indeed it isnt as, at the films beginning, a simple meeting between friends gives way to an attack of the undead. Why zombies suddenly walk the earth is never made quite clear, though it has something to do with an ancient demon (Brad Dourif) raised by one of the girls now-deceased uncle, a man who, like the beastly creature himself, is seeking revenge for his familys death. So, it turns out, is our bloodsucker look-alike, but Metcalf never bothers to ground these motivations in even a minimum of characterization, simply throwing his undefined figures into the CGI necromantic-undead stew and letting them fend for themselves.
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