Fading of the Cries

January 3rd, 2011


Fading of the Cries

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Jacob, a young man armed with a deadly sword, saves Sarah, a teenage girl, from Mathias, a malevolent... 

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 3.4/10 (1,048 voted)

Critic's Score: 11/100

Director: Brian A. Metcalf

Stars: Brad Dourif, Elaine Hendrix, Thomas Ian Nicholas

Jacob, a young man armed with a deadly sword, saves Sarah, a teenage girl, from Mathias, a malevolent...  

Brad Dourif - Mathias
Elaine Hendrix - Maggie
Thomas Ian Nicholas - Michael
Mackenzie Rosman - Jill
Hallee Hirsh - Sarah
Lateef Crowder - Sylathus
Jessica Morris - Malyhne
Julia Whelan - Emily
Paul McCarthy-Boyington - John the drunk
Philip J Silvera - Creature
Jordan Matthews - Jacob
Heidi Shepherd - Creature
Pamela Clay - Jacob's Mother
Scott Lilly - Creature
Patrick Hughes - Creature


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Release Date: 3 Jan 2011

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Continuity: When Sarah and Jacob cross the water they are knee deep. Moments later they are approaching the covered bridge and the bottoms of their trouser legs are not wet.

[first lines]
Michael: June 17th. It has been several months since the death of my wife and daughter. I ask God every day why they were taken from me with one swift blow. I'd begun smoking again - an invitation for death with arms wide open. I free more alone in this world than ever before.

User Review

fun but forgettable film


Fading of the Cries is inconsistent. It packs a punch, but only in certain parts, most noticeable the third act. That is the whole problem with this film from beginning to end. Its biggest weakness - the acting, hands down. Leads, newcomer Jordan Matthews and ER's Hallee Hirsh, who play Jacob and Sarah, both have a serious lack of any chemistry whatsoever and one tends to get quite annoyed at Jordan Matthews at times when he reads off dull monotonic lines with no expression, as if reading from a script on the spot. As an actor myself, I notice he tends to fall into numerous acting traps that many amateurs first do - namely not enough practice/experience. Actress Hallee Hirsh tends to overact all of her scenes with an overabundance of annoyance, maybe overcompensating off her lead who is giving her nothing to work with. I've read reviews stating similarities to both Twilight and The Crow. Here's my two cents: Say what you will about Twilight, there was strong chemistry there between Edward and Bella that you could feel. That's what that film did right and this ain't no Twilight. What Brandon Lee did correct about The Crow was giving his character a sense of pain and emotion. I get nothing from Jordan Matthews. Then again, he could be going for the stereotypical action actor without any acting talent in which case I would state to learn how to walk properly without doing the duck butt sticking out and you're there.

Genre favorite Brad Dourif and even Mackenzie Rosman, on the other hand, managed to pull off decent performances. Brad plays the antagonist of the film with such precise clarity that one almost feels bad he has almost nobody to play with scenewise. It shows what happens when you compare someone of his caliber level with the likes of no-talents like Jordan Matthews who does an embarrassingly bad job in the film's final standoff . Mackenzie also holds her own as the bratty younger sister pulled into the nightmare.

Some of the visuals are breathtakingly beautiful and some are not so great. The scenes deep rooted in reality feel almost like a TV movie of the week while some of the visual effects scenes feel like a major motion picture.

The strongest consistency this film has is the pacing. It never tends to let you down and picks up pace quite quickly in the third act.

Some of the scenes are very well directed while others are lacking. Since this was also his first movie, I might assume that Brian A. Metcalf might not fall into the same trappings again. I will state that the film had more of a story than I had originally expected and if only the acting had been better, the characters might had been more believable. I actually feel that writer/director Brian A. Metcalf might have had a little cult gem had he worked with stronger actors as he does have quite a unique and stylized vision, i.e. the sunrays that seem to overtake this film and constant movement of background bats and crows. His dialogue needed some polishing but again, had he worked with more talented actors, they might have been able to pull it off more convincingly. This was the case with Brad who by far had the most elaborate lines in the film and pulled them off with such ease. As director James Cameron says, choosing the right actor is by far one of the most important tasks in a film because once you have them, you're stuck with them. I would like to see how another film by Brian would turn out given a better budget, stronger cast and crew. But Brian is not off the hook so easily as some of the scenes felt there was a lack of coverage. The kitchen scene tends to show the most.

Costuming was terrible and the costumer, Elizabeth Jett should be quite embarrassed about the poor job she did, showing her extreme lack of talent and vision. Same can be said for some of the creature makeup effects. Lighting on the other hand was very nicely tackled. There are so many independent films where you can't see a thing at night due to lack of experienced DPs or budget constraints. I could at least see every scene with a decent amount of detail in the dark and that is becoming a rarity these days with independents.

I understand that dealing with the independent world, there are many challenges foreseen and unforeseen. As a person who works mainly with the independent film world, I get a lot of the problems that happen. I do feel many of these mistakes could have been avoided had proper planning been in place, again I revert back to the acting. All considering, for a low budget indie film, Fading of the Cries seems to be a strong step above other independents, namely the production values and locations. I would recommend this film only if you can get past the bad acting and have nothing better to do. Overall it turns out to be a fun but not overly memorable film.

Final rating: (1 to 10)

Story - 7 Execution - 4 (largely due to poor acting) Acting - 2 1/2 (not a 1 only because actor Brad Dourif does remarkable) Directing - 6 Production Value - 7 (largely due to well lit scenes at night and some decent fx) Costuming - 3 Makeup - 4 Sound Design - 3 1/2 Music - 7

I give it 5 1/2 out of 10 stars, only with the consideration it was an independent film.


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