Night Raiders (2021) Movie Review ‘Bleak Filled Sci-Fi Movie’

Night Raiders – Bleak Filled Sci-Fi Film


Director: Danis Goulet

Writer: Danis Goulet (Screenplay)

Starring: Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Alex Tarrant, Amanda Plummer, Shaun Sipos, Violet Nelson

Plot: A mother joins an underground band of vigilantes to try and rescue her daughter from a state-run institution.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Night Raiders starts as we head into a future where the world has been in a war and children are kept in a state-run institution. Niska (Tailfeathers) has been raising her daughter Waseese (Letexier-Hart) off the grid, away from the scanners. When they find a scanner over their home, Niska must risk going into the city for help, seeing her daughter taken to the institution.

10-months-later Niska still regrets her choice, while adapting to the city, looking for a chance to save her daughter, while Waseese hasn’t fitted into the training programs. Niska gets to meet a group of vigilantes that have been trying to free children, little by little, which will see her join them in an attempt to rescue her daughter.

Thoughts on Night Raiders

Characters & Performances – Niska has been living off the radar with her daughter for years, but when her daughter gets injured, she is forced to let the institution take her. She is looking for a way to get her back, which will see her get the chance to work with the other vigilantes who have been saving children for years. She is desperate to make up for letting her child go and this is shown with how much she will risk to save her. Elle-Maija Tailfeathers is brilliant in this leading role, she keeps her character holding everything together in a world where letting emotions out will get her killed. Waseese is the daughter of Niska, she gets injured, which will see her needing to be taken to the institution, where she will learn more, but never fit in with the other children there. Brooklyn Letexier-Hart is great in her role too, which will see her doing a lot of isolation environments, never fitting in. when it comes to the rest of the characters, we get to meet the other survivors in the city, just trying to survive. The vigilantes living off the grid, looking to save the children the institution and the people running the institution, which is the one set of characters it would have been nice to learn more about.

StoryThe story here follows a mother and daughter living in a world torn apart by war, where children are kept separate and trained, while the adults must find a way to survive. When the pair become separated, the mother will look to find a way to rescue her daughter from the institution she finds herself trapped in. This is a story that we might have seen certain points before, it has the journey the mother must make, after the difficult decision she must make. The idea the children are kept separate, did give us a mix of the dangers of Children of Men and the strictness of groups that the Hunger Games had where nobody could mix outside of their society. Most of the story does focus on the mother trying to save her daughter, not enough time is given to see what the institution is truly about, which ends up leaving us wanting to know more about the bigger picture going. Overall, the story does play out well though, filling the world with people that just want to be free.

ThemesNight Raiders is a dystopian sci-fi movie that will put us into a world where the world has changed, been taken apart by war and will show the small number of survivors needing to figure out how to survive against a group of military controlled people, holding the survivors to ransom. The world however big, does look broken, decaying and a place nobody would want to live, which is the strongest visual look behind the film.

Signature Entertainment presents Night Raiders on Digital Platforms 6th December

Final Thoughts Night Raiders is a bleak filled world, waiting for the change for the hope of the characters.

Slumber Party Massacre (2021) Movie Review ‘Smart Twist on the Slasher’

Slumber Party Massacre – Smart Twist on the Slasher


Director: Danishka Esterhazy

Writer: Suzanne Keilly (Screenplay)

Starring: Hannah Gonera, Frances Sholto-Douglas, Mila Rayne, Alex McGregor, Reze-Tiana Wessels, Rob van Vuuren

Plot: Based on the 1982 original, this remake follows Dana and a group of her friends as they go on a trip to have a slumber party. But after car trouble causes them to stay at a secluded cabin, their fun turns to terror as their night becomes a fight for survival as they must escape a drill-wielding killer.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Slumber Party Massacre starts as Dana (Gonera) looks to return to the cabin where her mother was attacked in her teenage years, joined by her friends Maeve (Sholto-Douglas), Alix (Rayne), Breanie (McGregor) and Ashley (Wessels), where the five look to have drinks, drugs and a good time together.

As the night unfolds, Alix discovers Russ Thorn (Vuuren) is still alive, leaving bodies around the area, leaving the girls to need to fight to survive.

Thoughts on Slumber Party Massacre

Characters & Performances – Dana is the daughter of the lone survivor of the previous attack, she is looking to have a weekend away with her friends, which will see them head out to the same cabin with their own motivation. She does seem to be the only one that understand what could happen, while the rest do end up trying to be against stereotypes, until things start going wrong. This is one of the biggest questions being left about these characters, where everything is created to break the mould, but ends up falling short where certain decisions will make you roll your eyes. When it comes to the killer, we get the creepy figure that carries his power drill around looking to skew people. The performances don’t get enough to shine, which could have given us an iconic role for the future of the horror franchise.

StoryThe story here is a re-imagination of the original, with the added sequel idea, much like what Friday the 13th did years before, squashing the first movie into the opening, before giving us a fresh bunch of characters to follow. This does bring us a new way to tell the story, which is a direction that is new, is excited to see, but only for part of the film, it does end up falling apart in how the final act plays out, falling back into the typical slasher errors, which can work with certain tone, but this film goes so out of the way to change the normal, it just gets caught up going down the same old style. This will end up being a slasher story that is easy to watch, fitting in the franchise with ease.

ThemesSlumber Party Massacre is a horror slasher that looks to build on what the original did with the driller killer, only to spin on what we would be expecting, with a couple of clever kills along the way, which is what we can want to see in the slasher movies. The location does create the isolated location, which again, is all we needed for the film.

Slumber Party Massacre will be available on Digital Download from 13th December

Final Thoughts Slumber Party Massacre is a slasher with a great twist on concept, which will turn what expect on its head.