When Penn (Johnny Walter), Lanie (Lauren Leal), Nick (Edward Hong) and Michael (Kurt Cole) are given the college assignment to get to the truth behind the Legend of Blood Lake, my immediate thought was body count chiller. Especially when primed that Blood Lake’s depths conceal gold that is protected by a Comanche Native American curse, and that of the 47 people who went searching for the gold, none of them ever came back.
And it wasn’t long before the stereotypes were set up; Michael and Lanie are the all-American kids most likely to survive, Nick is the technology geek and Penn is the obnoxious sexist. To even the gender balance up a bit, unpopular (naturally) class Goth Mara (Brooke Colman) is imposed on the group by their professor.
So the group decamp to the Texan wilderness where they are warned off by Cyrus (Barry Corbin) the bar keeper, but barmaid Dawn (Shiree Nelson) agrees to be their guide. As the group start to unwind, their personal skeletons are let out of their respective closets and it just so happens that Gothy Mara is the perfect psychic medium for the ghosts that haunt them to manifest and resolve themselves.
I was pleasantly surprised by Dawn of the Crescent Moon as it didn’t descend into a teens in the wilderness slasher. Sure there is the odd gruesome bit and some loose ends concerning the cowled Guardians of the Lake that remain unresolved (leaving room for a sequel, I imagine), but the ghostly resolution of both the characters’ past issues and Blood Lake’s curse are fairly smart, even some get a bit sentimental.
Not what I expected it to be, I give Dawn of the Crescent Moon a 444/666.
Review by Simon Ball
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