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Film / Dark and Stormy Night

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There's a reading of the will
on a dark and stormy niiiiiiiight.
Sure hope I don't get killed
on a dark and stormy niiiiiiiight.
I don't really know
who is friend or foooooooooooe
on a dark and stormy night.

— Some of the survivors, at the end of the movie.

Dark and Stormy Night is a 2009 movie by Larry Blamire of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra fame. It is an homage to the Old, Dark House movies of the 1930s, complete with Lampshade Hanging moments. It features a large cast of stereotypical characters at an Old, Dark House for the reading of the will of Sinas Cavendar. Some are there to see what they got, and others are there by accident, or are they? During the reading, the lights go out and the lawyer reading the will is killed, leaving in doubt the possession of Sinas' estate. As the night progresses, more and more of the guests in the house are killed off by a mysterious murderer. Can the two ace reporters figure out who's doing it before they are the next victims?


Tread carefully, spoilers abound.

Not to be confused with It Was a Dark and Stormy Night.

This movie provides examples of:

  • The Butler Did It: Played with. Jeens is not the murderer, but apparently was involved in some shady business, but "those bodies were never found."
  • Captain Obvious: Some of Archie's dialogue.
    Feeding things will keep them alive.
  • Haunted House Historian: Characters take turns dumping bits of exposition on us.
  • His Name Is...: Inspector Riley's sole scene is arriving at the front door, stating that he knows who the murderer is and dying when the lights suddenly go out (again).
  • Human Head on the Wall: At one point, during the brief blackout, Jack Tugdon is killed, his head taxidermied, and mounted on a wall
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  • Humble Goal: All Happy the cabbie wants is the thirty-five cents Faraday owes him.
  • In the Hood: Both killers wear hooded robes.
  • Portrait Painting Peephole: What do you do when you're looking through the peephole and notice that someone else is looking through another peephole on the other side of the gallery?
  • Spooky Séance: It's really not very scary, though. They summon Marvin Kaplan, who tells them nothing useful.
    It's really bad. And nasty.
  • Stylistic Suck: Most of the film is pretty deliberately campy, but extra credit goes to Larry Blamire's performance as Ray.
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  • Upper-Class Twit: Both Lord Partfine and Burling Famish Jr. play different types of twist: Partfine is the silly ass, while Burling is the disreputable cad.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The police admit that they knew what was going on, but they let everyone get murdered to solidify their case against the murderer. They don't get chewed out, per se but the reporters are rather bewildered that the cops would just let it happen.


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