This is a note from the director...here is a list of reviews from horror critics so the "intelligent" people who think I write them can see I, indeed, do not...so now you can settle down with those kinds of statements:
"This my friends is a film that exemplifies all that is great in independent cinema. When every element aligns perfectly, the end result is a product that easily stands up to anything Hollywood is offering."
"Dawning is one of the best independent horror films that I've had the pleasure of watching in the past few years and proof positive that original story telling and smart filmmaking isn't dead."
ALL THINGS HORROR
"Most horror movies attempt to frighten its viewers by amping up the external scare factors. The cinematic landscape is littered with masked killers, man eating aliens from beyond and ghouls that have risen from their graves with sights set only on carnage and death. However, it's the films that internalize the horror that more often than not stick with us the longest. Movies that prey on its characters own internal fears, self doubt, and sometimes self loathing can scare us the most. No greater monster exists than the ones we create in our own heads. Dawning understands and exploits this idea. With his film Dawning writer/director Gregg Holtgrewe created a minimal budget psychological horror masterpiece."
PLANET OF TERROR
"The past few years have been nothing short of amazing in terms of quality indie horror offerings. I'll go on record as saying that independent films are doing more now for the horror genre than at any other time. Pushing traditional boundaries and coming up with new and inventive ways to shock and terrify us, has been a defining characteristic. Dawning is no exception and this film will stay with you long after the credits roll.
"As Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." This concept rings especially true to the horror genre. Sure, anyone can make a gross-out movie with over-the-top gore, but it takes a true master of filmmaking to create suspense based on the unknown. Gregg Holtgrewe accomplished just that with 'Dawning'."
"If you like the slow-burn approach of films like THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and THE STRANGERS, and can appreciate the metaphysical underpinnings of works by directors like David Lynch and M. Night Shyamalan, then DAWNING will be a very welcome discovery."
DOLLAR BIN HORROR
"One of the best indie films I've ever seen."
ZOMBIES DON'T RUN
"Dawning is 80 minutes of suspense and creepiness that may leave you with more questions than answers but it'll keep you guessing and biting your nails the whole time. "
28 DAYS LATER ANALYSIS
"Evil lurks in 'Dawning'. A malicious entity which is never shown is more formidable to the conscious than any physical demon. An off-screen villain can torment the imagination and arouse one's own inner fears better than another person's image of any devil in the darkness."
THE HORROR EFFECT
"Great work from some up-and-coming filmmakers. I'm hoping to see more films in the future! PS: That poster freaking rocks!"
ODUCTION PRODUCTIONS MIDNIGHT TIME WARP
"I loved the direction, I really want to see more from Gregg Holtgrewe, as he seems to study the films he was obviously inspired by. Seek this gem out, cause that's what it is, a gem."
FROM MIDNIGHT, WITH LOVE
"Dawning not only establishes an engaging sense of dread through its plot, it's technically sound to boot. The film is shot crisply, using the confined setting to its advantage while creating distance between characters and objects with some great foreground/background shots. The sound design is most impressive, turning creaking boards and rustling trees into the bumps in the night you'd expect from a film of this sort."
THE JADED VIEWER
"The movie looks professional, the imagery and photography are top notch and the acting solid. But what makes Dawning stand out is the drawn out suspense that chills you to the bone."
CHUCK NORRIS ATE MY BABY
"Having such complex and deep characters is what makes Dawning a great little independent horror film that stands out from the pack, and I can only highly recommend seeking it out."