Movie Review: Vanishing on 7th Street

Netflix has done it again. I always get fantastic recommendations for the Watch Instantly movies and the latest has been no exception.

“Vanishing on 7th Street” was recommended to me over the weekend and it sounded interesting enough to give it a watch. So I fired up my XBox 360 and opened the Netflix app and started watching.

The film starts in a crowded New York City movie theatre that seems to be having some technical difficulties. Suddenly, all the lights go out. And then they come up. And everyone is gone. Gone, as in vanished. All that is left behind are piles of clothes, jewelry, cell phones and false teeth. Very similar to what happened in Stephen King’s “Langoliers.”

We follow four characters through the course of this event and we see shadows lurking in the darkness, slowly coming towards them. These shadows are not just creepy, but truly frightening. Over the course of several days, these survivors find themselves stranded in a New York that has become darker and darker with each passing day. The shadows have the city under its stranglehold and all that’s keeping the survivors safe are the flashlights they’ve managed to scrounge for.

Eventually, the survivors find each other in a city bar that has the only working generator in the city. But that would be too easy. The generator is slowly losing power and the lights start flickering on and off.

With a top notch cast that includes Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and Hayden Christensen, “Vanishing on 7th Street” not only packs the suspense, but also brings the chills. There are plenty of scare-you-out-of-your-seat moments to keep even the most hardcore horror film fan happy.

Personal note: Yeah, I giggled when I discovered that Christensen’s character was named Luke. I couldn’t help myself.
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