Movie Review: The Dawnseeker (2018)

August 31, 2018

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

In the future the sun has had enough of this world, and decides to go batshit and wipe out all humanity…that’s a bit much; it’s just dying out actually. Of course the people of Earth will not go down with out a fight so they send five mercenaries to a remote planet to obtain a mineral known as “stardust” to fix up the star. Of course the ship, containing our heroes crashes on the planet, and a murderous alien creature begins hunting our mercs post-haste! As the carnage rages on, it becomes a question of just how many of our protagonists will make it back to Earth alive!
First thing is fucking first; I have no idea what was spent on The Dawnseeker, but the film looks absolutely rad ass awesome!! There are futuristic city vistas, cool costumes, spaceships, robots, excellent lighting and shot composition…the whole thing is a visual feast, and makes the world presented spring to vibrant, visceral life! Also of note is the solid, suspenseful script, strong acting, and skillful directing…but let’s be honest, you are going to pop this flick in for some creature action, and let me tell ya, I loved this bad assed beast! He’s like a spider/human hybrid with mechanical wings…he’s basically the best Masters of the Universe character that never was. Adding to the mix are great gore effects, and even some stop motion creature effects as well, which are always welcome in the opinion of this ol’ horror hound!
What writer/director Justin Price has accomplished with The Dawnseeker is pretty damn amazing. He has managed to create a full realized world, populated with hard ass characters, and all of the sci-fi trappings you love, all on a fraction of a fraction of a budget that Hollywood would require to pull off the same…but along with all of the impressive visuals, Price has managed to keep the heart in his work; you can tell he loves doing what he does, and that translates to a fun time in front of the ol’ boob tube for us lot!


Be sure to read our interview with Director Justin Price right here!

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