Directed by Brad Ellis
Written by Allen Gardner
Starring: Matthew Stiller, Rachel Miles, Rachel Kimsey and Allen Gardner.
Who says a vampire film has to be a horror to be fantastic and memorable? Daylight Fades certainly isn't a horror film, but it is a vampire film and more of a tragic romance albeit drama than any genre film.
I didn't know till I looked up the credits that the actor who played Seth, also wrote the screenplay and I'd say he did a fantastic job. In saying this film reminded me of past vampire films in a similar vein I have enjoyed like Graveyard Shift aka Central Park Drifter, and the previously reviewed Dance of the Damned.
|Raven and Seth|
|Elizabeth and Johnny: The happy couple|
Elizabeth is out at dinner with her mother, step-father Tim and friend of the family Patrick, who we see seems more a godfather to Elizabeth. They confront her about quitting school and her job, and Tim hints at the fact that he is loath to support her any further. Elizabeth clearly has no love for Tim and storms out of the restaurant into the adjacent bar.
Johnny discovers that Elizabeth has a history of cold feet (and on their first encounters a sarcastic sense of humour), especially after bumping into her ex Kyle and Kyle's fist at a nightclub. During lovemaking, in the heat of the moment Johnny tells her that he loves her, which doesn't impress her greatly. At breakfast he confronts her about it, and she takes off saying she can't return his love. Elizabeth has already explained that she has relationship and trust issues, and as a result they never last long.
|Trouble in Paradise|
Johnny, who is deeply unimpressed with this turn of events storms out of the bar and gets Jake to drop him home since he doesn't own a car. Waiting to turn at the lights they are hit head on by a car at speed on Jake's side of the car, the driver having reached down to get something on the floor. They are both rushed to the emergency room, but where Jack got off lightly with bruises and scrapes, Johnny hit his head and is dying from internal bleeding. Elizabeth's mother, Tim and Patrick are there, and they are both not impressed when Tim states he has to leave for work, not having any compassion for the situation.
|Seth turning Johnny to save his life|
Johnny writhes in pain in his hospital gown on the basement of Patrick's house. He wakes up and instinctively feeds from Seth's wrist, first taking a chunk of it with his teeth. The turning process is complete. Patrick returns home having figured out the motive behind Johnny's disappearance and confronts him, with Seth saying he had to do it for the sake of Elizabeth because she has suffered loss enough in her life, and that he owes her for leaving her as a child.
|Blood is Good|
|Johnny's first kill|
|Raven introduces herself|
|Raven teaching Johnny the ropes|
|Johnny accepts his nature, for a time.|
|Raven pushes Johnny to his limits|
|Let's be an undead family|
|The Beginning of the End|
They both say their goodbyes and profess their eternal love for Elizabeth, and both the vampires await in a field with a look of relief appears on their faces as they are greeted with the rising sun.
|Awaiting the sun|
My Score is 8.5/10