Vanishing on 7th Street: Not As Good as Twilight Zone, But Still Creepy
One night, an electrical blackout rolls across Detroit, and when the sun comes up, the citys population has disappeared, leaving behind no trace of its existence except little piles of clothes. The culprit is the deep, dark black of night itselfand the greedy shadows within itwhich passes over a person and instantly sucks him or her up. Two days later, four survivors, played by Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo, and a terrific 13-year-old newcomer named Jacob Latimore, are holed up in a bartra powered by an old generator that cant last for long. When the bar lights finally flicker out, the shadows will make their move. Early on, director Brad Anderson (Next Stop Wonderland, The Machinist) and first-time screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski signal their storytelling influences by having Christensens character step on a pair of wire-rimmed reading glasses, an homage, surely, to the final shot of Time Enough at Last, the unforgettable Twilight Zone episode in which Burgess Meredith portrayed a bookish bank clerk who becomes the last man on Earth. Vanishing on 7th Street isnt half as thrilling as that 1959 classic, but it is creepy enough to make you hope the theater parking lot is brightly lit.
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