In 2012, the film THE BATTERY was released during the middle of the zombie subgenre craze. Director/screenwriter/actor Jeremy Gardner’s film received a strong cult following and even had a Scream Factory release of the film. Gardner has gone on to acting in fellow indy director films such as Joe Begos’ film BLISS (2019) and Justin Benson/Aaron Moorhead’s film SPRING (2014). Finally coming back to the directing chair, his latest film AFTER MIDNIGHT (2020) was also produced by Benson/Moorhead.
Each night after midnight an unseen monster attacks Hank’s (Jeremy Gardner’s) northern Florida home. All this occurred only after his longtime live-in-girlfriend Abby (Brea Grant) had left him mysteriously. His friends think he’s going mad, but he’s defiant that an unknown creature keeps attacking. He’s not sure what to do, but as he tries desperately to get in contact with Abby, he holds up with shotgun as the unseen threat continues to attack each evening.
AFTER MIDNIGHT has received fairly positive reviews by critics. Its quirkiness however has given it a mixed reception from viewers. Some feel it is more a drama than a horror film, but either way, its word of mouth has been fairly alive. Dark Discussions takes a look at this polarizing film and gives their thoughts.