7 Nights of Darkness: A Low Budget Horror Movie


7 Nights of Darkness is one of my favorite horror movies, though those of you who are familiar with it might think I’m a little crazy. It is a low budget movie made in 2011 by Allen Kellogg who also stars as Carter (one of my favorite characters, by the way). The special effects are a little crappy (and I say that with complete love of the movie), but still effective, except for the part where Lina (strapped into the lobotomy chair) is being taunted by Randy and her face turns into a computerized greenish sort of screaming expression which I think is supposed to be the ghost possessing her. Still, I did scream at that part the first time I watched this movie.

The movie is about 6 people doing a reality show. They must spend 7 nights in an abandoned asylum and complete the given tasks in order to split the 1 million dollar prize money. It sort of reminds me of that old MTV show (I think it was on MTV) Fear, where people took cameras and ghost-hunting equipment into empty hospitals, prisons and asylums. Anyway, back to the movie.

Odd things start to happen, a bucket comes flying out of nowhere, a baby is heard crying in the middle of the night in an empty bassinette, maggots appear on pizza, and these occurrences wear on the nerves of the contestants. The above mentioned possession of Lina scares the hell out of Randy, and he tries convincing the others to leave with him. When that fails, he asks them to at least help him get Lina (once more catatonic after the brief screaming incident) out. They agree but when they enter Randy and Lina’s room, they find the lobotomy chair empty. Lina is gone. One by one, the contestants disappear until only Carter and Brooke remain.

I think the reasons why this movie is a favorite and effectively scary is that it uses several tried and true horror movie elements. Jump scares, atmosphere, tension-building and disturbing (okay, maybe unnerving is a better word) scenes. It also employs several elements that can be found in other horror movies, namely The Ring, The Grudge, with just a dash of House on Haunted Hill thrown in for good measure.

If you are a fan of straight-to-DVD movies, (or creepy ghost girls and dolls) I recommend that you check out 7 Nights of Darkness. I don’t think you’ll be too disappointed. And make sure you watch through the credits, there a bit of a surreal bonus scene that’s worth watching.

What low budget movies are your favorites?


17 responses »

  1. Goodness, this sounds scary! It reminds me of some creepy book I read a while ago (don’t remember now what it was). It completely freaked me out, so I think I’ll let you enjoy the horror movies for the both of us!

      • It took some hunting, but it was Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. It’s about a group of writers who are locked up and can’t get out until they write a masterpiece, but the organizer supposedly dies and they can’t get out, so they start killing each other off and dying. I don’t like reading creepy, scary books, so this one definitely made my skin crawl!

  2. Ah, low-budget horror films can be such a guilty pleasure! You know a few of my favorites already. 😛 I’ll have to check this one out.

  3. This movie reminds me of House on Haunted Hill, a disturbing film about contestants spending the night in a haunted house and getting a cash prize out of it if they survive. Thing is, they don’t expect a few things to happen the way they do and–well–I won’t spoil it for you! 🙂 It’s also one of my favorite low budget movies with lots of scares and plenty of shivering scenes!

  4. I can’t do it. I’m totally terrified of horror films. I can’t even watch the trailer as it’ll stick with me for the next couple of days.
    I’m a total wuss and I feel incredibly left out of this particular genre. I can’t even READ scary books. Loser, I know.
    I shall scream vicariously through you, Melissa.

    • You certainly are not a wuss or a loser, Shelley. I read horror novels and watch scary movies at my own peril (and at other’s annoyance, though I have stated many times that I am a screamer) lol, and therefor pay for it by jumping at shadows and whimpering for hours afterwards (not to mention the occasional nightmare). But the next time I watch a scary movie, I’ll be sure to scream loud enough for the both of us. 🙂

  5. That trailer made me giggle. XD I may have to check it out, though I’ve found myself not really frightened by any scary films in the last few years…. I need to get some recs. ((Granted, I don’t watch a lot of the genre because I hate the ultra-gore variety.))

    • There is some…um…questionable acting, lol, in this movie and after watching it several times there are some scenes which no longer scare me (one I actually makes me giggle) which makes this a guilty pleasure for me. But for a low budget movie it isn’t too bad. I am a quiet horror sort of girl, preferring movies with little or no gore, ones that concentrate on atmosphere, plot and building tension. “The Woman in Black”, “The Uninvited”, “The Apparition” (which is more weird than straight horror IMO), “The Strangers” and “Insidious” are some of my favorites. 🙂

    • I like a good Romcom myself. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Charlotte. I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to reply, I’ve been having some technical trouble with my computer.

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