Ten Minutes to Midnight is not a prequel to Iron Maiden’s classic “Two Minutes to Midnight”. It is a horror movie that follows radio DJ Amy Marlowe (Caroline Williams). After being bit by a bat and she has found out it is her last night at the studio. Amy also begins to experience odd happenings at the studio. Does it have to do with the bite or is it something more personal?
Williams is fantastic in her role as the experienced DJ. She brings a presence to the role due to her experience in genre films. She shows a surprisingly wide range of emotions as Amy is not just a one note character. She is funny, frightening, angry, and sad. Each moment works and adds to the character. Parts in horror movies are not usually this fleshed out.
From the opening moments to the many bat related comments, Ten Minutes to Midnight has the audience trying to figure out Amy. Is it something dark, a case of rabies, or anger at being forced off her own show? The story is a classic case of horror induced paranoia. The film does a great job at giving clues as to what is going on, though some may be disappointed by the end result.
Flashbacks flesh out Amy’s time with the radio station and give hints about what may really be happening. There are also plenty of moments that breathe life into the other characters. Ten Minutes to Midnight never forgets about the rest of its cast. While it is a horror movie at its core, the plot deals heavily with ageism. Throughout Ten Minutes to Midnight, Amy reflects on her past. There are many references to time and her co-workers constantly talk about the show’s past. It is not subtle, but it does a great job of getting the idea across.
Ten Minutes to Midnight will surprise audiences with the story it tells. Instead of being a gory and visceral spectacle, it is a character driven meditation on time and reality. There is more going on here than just scares, blood, and guts. This is a tale that has something it wants to say. Most importantly, it is also a fun horror movie that will delight genre fans.
Ten Minutes to Midnight is will be released on VOD and digital platforms on January 19
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