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A group of teenagers spend the weekend in a ski lodge on the anniversary of their friends' disappearance, unaware that they are not alone.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayden Panettiere ... Samantha (voice)
Peter Stormare ... Dr. Hill (voice)
Rami Malek ... Joshua (voice)
Brett Dalton ... Michael (voice)
Meaghan Martin ... Jessica (voice)
Galadriel Stineman ... Ashley (voice)
Noah Fleiss ... Christopher (voice)
Nichole Bloom ... Emily (voice)
Jordan Fisher ... Matthew (voice)
Ella Lentini ... Hannah / Beth (voice)
Larry Fessenden ... Flamethrower Guy (voice)
Graham Reznick ... Radio DJ (voice)
Heather Robb Heather Robb ... Sheriff (voice)
Brian McGuinness Brian McGuinness ... Ranger / Detective (voice)
Tiffany Bartok ... Detective (voice)
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1 year after the death and disappearance of twin sisters, Hannah and Beth, 8 friends, Mike, Matt, Chris, Emily, Ashley, Jessica, Josh and Sam return to the cabin in the mountains belonging to the parents of their friend Josh, brother of the missing sisters. Shortly after arriving, the friends realize that they may not be the only people on this mountain.

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Eight friends stranded on a mountain. Live or die. You decide who will survive UNTIL DAWN. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

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25 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Chris was the only character, besides Josh himself, that had no part in the prank the gang placed on Hannah resulting in her and Beth's death, as he was passed out drunk at the time. However, Josh chooses to torture him the most with the two 'who lives and who dies' traps. If Josh wanted revenge, surely Mike would have been a more suitable target. See more »

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While flawed, "Until Dawn" is nonetheless a fun, mildly eerie and wickedly entertaining tribute to the tropes and conventions of Hollywood horror-flicks of the past 30 years!
9 April 2016 | by MaximumMadnessSee all my reviews

(In honor of my 300th IMDb review, I've decided to tackle my favorite mainstream survival-horror game to come out the past year.)

All ye, be warned! If you're the sort of person who scoffs when a character in a slasher film makes a stupid choice... if you're the sort-of person who angrily shouts at the screen when someone says "Hey, let's split up to cover more ground!"... if you're the sort of person to walk out of the room shaking your head when a character meets a predictable, over-the-top bloody demise... well then, "Until Dawn" ain't for you.

However, if you're a fan of horror... especially cheesy Hollywood horror of the past 30 years... If you love smirking at the bad clichés, seeing dumb jocks meeting their fates, ogling nubile young ladies running around in next to nothing and hearing cheesy music blaring all while masked killers and gooey- monsters stalk the woods around you... Well, then you're in for one Hell of a fun time!

A big, goofy, fun (and often genuinely scary) tribute to the cheesy tropes and conventions of horror-flicks, "Until Dawn" is a blast to play, and is one of the most refreshing survival-horror games to be released in quite some time.

The game follows a group of friends (portrayed in voice and likeness by some pretty famous actors, including "Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere) who re-unite for an annual Winter getaway at an isolated ski-lodge, though the mood is a somber one. For one year ago, The twin sisters of one of our leads mysteriously vanished from this very place after a terrible prank went very wrong.

The player takes turns controlling the various friends as they try to survive the night once dark forces begin to creep into play. And their individual journeys will bring them all face-to-face with death itself. Who will survive? It's up to you, the player, to decide!

The big gimmick of the game (and this is not spoiling anything) is that it's one of those "interactive movie" type games where gameplay is kept to a minimum, and it's more like watching a movie that you control on-and-off than playing a standard game. (Think "Heavy Rain" and you will have a very good idea of how "Until Dawn" is played) And the other big focus of the game is the fact that there are multiple endings, with many possible outcomes based on who lives, dies and the choices they make thanks to the game employing a mechanic based on the concept of "butterfly effects." It's very well-used in-game and adds a lot more depth than you might think, even if the effects can sometimes be subtle.

The characters range from likable to despicable and often fall into broad clichés, but given the fact the game's intent seems to be to create a broad love-letter to horror-flicks (especially slasher films), I think it works. It lends to the environment the game is trying to create by creating these broad archetypal characters. The same goes for the many environments. Some may role their eyes when exploring a big, creepy empty house that has all the clichés (furniture covered with sheets, animals in the cupboards to give you "Boo!" scares, etc.) or an abandoned asylum covered in the raved graffiti and scratchings of lunatics... but it's charming because it's so fun and recognizable as a horror fan. It's like you're getting to live out your favorite 80's chillers.

The graphics and sound are absolutely astonishing. Character models are highly detailed, and the environments are just gorgeous all around. It's often a lot of fun to just sit and look at the surroundings or try to position the camera so you can get an up- close look at how much detailing work is put into the character faces. Though I will nit- pick that the game did have a LOT of frame-drops whenever I've played. Even when there's not that much on-screen.

Controls are also very fine tuned and compliment the gameplay perfectly.

If I had to pick on some of the weaker points of the game, it'd really boil down to:

-One of the characters (portrayed by the excellent Peter Stormare) is tragically under-utilized, and it feels like a missed opportunity to have such a great character-actor relegated to a glorified cameo appearance here and there.

-Even though the game is meant to be a loving tribute to horror cinema, I think they should have subverted expectations a bit more. Yes, it's fun seeing the same clichés in the game that we saw on- screen in so many movies... but it robs some of the suspense when it makes the twists and turns so predictable.

-And the character Emily. My god, this character is so grating and irritating, it's unreal. She actually almost makes me not want to play the game again. That's how unbearable she is.

Those flaws having been said, "Until Dawn" is still an absolute blast for horror fans. It's beautiful to look at, fun to play and perfectly captures all the same screams and laughs that Hollywood horror has supplied for us the past few decades. It's a refreshing ode to horror that neither takes itself too seriously nor too lightly, which are the main trappings so many modern horror films and games fall into.

I give "Until Dawn" a great 9 out of 10. If you're in the mood for a fun, spooky ride, look no further!


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