After Midnight (2014)

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Catherine Annette plays Constance, a local TV newsreader in Los Angeles. Breaking news that night is the gunning down of her wayward sister Duffy outside the Candy Cat pole-dancing club where she worked. Haunted by the image of he dead sister with a bullet in her head, Constance takes a break from work to go undercover as a stripper at the Candy Cat. Every time Constance gets a promising lead with a witness, the witness gets bumped off. The race is on for Constance to find the killer.

Right, let’s face it, if you are watching this movie it’s probably for the surgically inflated tits rather than the plot, which has a dreadful, oddly predictable twist. Given the way that the narrative is set up, I can only imagine it was rewritten and tacked on during production because someone thinks all thrillers should end like that, a bit like the compulsory volcanic eruption in a low budget 1970s dinosaur movie. There are one or two nicely managed shocks when Constance encounters her sister’s ghost and some stunning aerial photography of LA at night, but on balance After Midnight is a badly acted mess padded out with a bunch of not very erotic pole dancing routines to cod hair metal tracks.

Scariest stuff on view is the cosmetic surgery; I give After Midnight a 222/666.

After Midnight is released on VOD from October 28 from Phase 4 Films.

Trivia: Tawny Kitaen, who plays Candy Club owner, Rikki was once married to Deep Purple/Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale and decorates a number of Whitesnake videos.

Review by Simon Ball

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