Ten Minutes to Midnight (2020) Movie Review

Director: Erik Bloomquist

Writer: Erik Bloomquist, Carson Bloomquist (Screenplay)

Starring: Caroline Williams, Nicole Kang, Nicholas Tucci, William Youmans, Adam Weppler, Alice Kremelberg

Plot: Bitten by a rabid bat, a late-night radio host terrorizes her co-workers as she slowly transforms into a vampire.

Runtime: 1 Hour 13 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Ten Minutes to Midnight starts when late-night radio host Amy Marlowe (Williams) gets bitten before her show, she starts to learn that her boss Robert or Bob (Youmans) has bought in a younger presenter Sienna (Kang) to learn of Amy, potentially replace her in the future.

As the night unfolds Amy sees herself going through strange visions, with her usual co-workers acting differently, not knowing if the bite has anything to do with it.

Thoughts on Ten Minutes to Midnight

Characters & Performances – Amy Marlowe is the late-night talk show host that has been doing it for years, she has been bitten before work, which will be what drives her questionable actions for the rest of the night, where she doesn’t know what is real or not. Caroline Williams shows the range for this role, which shows the professional figure, the experienced person and the one losing their mind with ease. Sienna is the young replacement that is being lined up for Amy’s show, she doesn’t look for advice, but is more interested in stepping on people to get to the top, becoming the primary target for Amy’s rage. We do meet the other people from around the studio, the producer on the show, the manager, the creepy security guard, who all have been working with Amy for years and know how important she is. Each of the performers give us strong performances, running with the quirks about their characters through the film.

StoryThe story here follows an aging radio talk-show host that gets bitten before work, as she learns that she might be getting replaced and the night spirals out of control. This is a story that focuses on one woman going through a life change that goes hand in hand with another change that is going on in her life, which does see her latest show going in a direction she just doesn’t understand, playing out the wakey night in different eyes. We do get certain moments that click really well and others that seem to miss, but the crazy storyline just makes everything more appealing.

ThemesTen Minutes to Midnight is a horror that will dive into the mindset of one person that will drive them through a different horror situation, with everything taking place in the radio station over one night.

Ten Minutes to Midnight is a wakey horror that will dive into the madness of the mind during a big life change.

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