Pray For Daylight (2006) – By Brian Morton

 The path of vampires and vampire hunters is one that has been well traveled. It spans the gap from Bram Stoker to Buffy, and it really takes something to put a different spin on this well-worn genre. Well, the new movie, Pray For Daylight, does just that, it takes the genre and gives it a twist that’s quite refreshing.

Here’s the story: Cassie Banning is a vampire hunter, but she’s been retired. Now, after a two year absence from her home town, Minneapolis, she’s returned to find that the balance of power has shifted…and not in her favor. The dynamic here is a bit different from other movies, the vampire hunters work with the vampires as a sort of enforcer-of-the-vampire-rules, and, after Cassie left another vampire assumed power as the leader of the vampire group and she and her hunter are now in charge, and they’re not the good guys! Now, Cassie and her former vampiric associate, Eric, have to reteam to take down the evil vampire and her hunter and restore order to Minneapolis’ vampire community.

While Pray For Daylight might have elements that are very familiar, if you’re a vampire movie aficionado, it offers some differences that are nice. Cassie Banning, the hero hunter of the movie, is referred to as old, she’s a normal looking woman, not the typical ’emaciated model type’ that usually inhabit this type of role. Pray For Daylight also plays a bit more like a soap opera than a horror movie at times, there were a couple of times during the movie that I felt like I was being left behind somehow. Now that I’ve found that there were a couple of short films featuring these same characters, I’m looking forward to seeing what I’ve missed! You can find out where you can get or see Pray For Daylight or the shorts for yourself by going to the Stone Soup Films website. If you’re a fan of vampires or are looking for a more realistic movie in the ‘buffy’ style, then Pray For Daylight is for you, I’m giving it 3 and a half out of 4 cigars! So, until next time, when I’ll put on my leather pants and, instead of attempting to hunt vampires, I’ll attempt to just walk (those things are tight!!), remember that the best movies are bad movies.