Written by Scotty
Are you afraid of the dark? It is a question that everyone has their own answer to but most people wind up saying yes. Reasons vary from person to person as to why they are, but it usually comes out to not knowing what is around them when being surrounded by darkness. In my early years, I would not go to sleep without a night light on, as I never knew what the sounds coming from outside of my room were and the light would help protect me from whatever ghosts or goblins were lurking outside.
Working in the theater at the mall, Paul had the life that he desired. Being able to watch people get scared, watch them laugh and watch them cuddle up from the dark of the projection booth. Knowing what to expect from every movie, he is able to predict what will happen next as he has seen them all more than once. But getting ready to change one of the reels, a blackout hit the theater and when the power came back on, he was the only person left in the building. With clothes sitting in the seats without their owners, Paul knows that something crazy has just happened that he cannot explain and tries to find anyone that is still alive.
Luke, the new field reporter for Channel 7 is waking up for work when he notices that the signal on his television is dead. Getting to the station, he finds that there is nobody there. Trying to figure out what is happening, he grabs a flashlight and starts trekking around town, looking for someone who can explain what has just happened. Making it to a bar, Luke is surprised to find the lights on and with further investigation, he finds a generator that seems to have survived the blackout altogether. Thinking that everyone has disappeared, he takes a drink at the empty bar, but is surprised when he is met with a shotgun being pointed at him by a young boy.
James is watching the bar for his mother while she is out investigating a light that she saw up the street at the church. When she has not come back, he welcomed Luke into his hiding place, but had trouble dealing with the possible loss of his mother. Rosemary made it to the same bar, hysterical with the loss of her child. Trying to get the first two people she has seen in days to tell her where her baby was, she has come to terms that there is something beyond what can be explained happening and has turned to her Lord to ask for forgiveness and help. Hearing screams for help down the road, Luke is forced to go and try to answer, finding Paul lying on a bus bench, the two return to the bar. The days are getting shorter and the darkness is growing stronger outside, the group of survivors in the bar know that their time is limited as they only thing that is protecting them is their sanity and the generator that is starting to fail.
Vanishing on 7th Street follows a group of four survivors from a blackout out that has taken almost everyone from the city. As their only protection comes from light, they question each other why they have been put in the situation. Trying to protect themselves from the growing darkness outside of the doors, they try to find a way to escape whatever type of fate they are facing, but with their batteries dying and their generator threating to quit, there is little they can do to move on. As the darkness moves into the bar where they have found safety, strange figures appear on the walls in shadows. As each member of the group has to battle to stay safe from the growing darkness, they are challenged by their own fears that the dark brings upon them.
An interesting movie that just showed up on one of my recommended queues that I have not heard about. I liked the storyline that played out and watching every character having to battle to survive. Without knowing what is happening to the outside world, they discover that the light will keep them safe, but will never know what is really lurking in the shadows that is longing to get them. I also enjoyed how the legend of the Roanoke Colony was brought into the story, as it is a mystery of missing people from the late 1500’s that has never fully been explained. Stay Scared.