Daylight's End | Vampire-like zombies meet their match in Johnny Strong's post-apocalyptic warrior

Daylight's End Johnny Strong
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Daylight's End Johnny Strong

The apocalypse was just the beginning.

Three years after a mysterious virus turned most of humanity into slavering zombies, a lone warrior comes to the aid of a beleaguered community of survivors. As you can probably tell, post-apocalyptic horror thriller Daylight's End doesn’t score high points for storytelling originality, save for the quirk of making its vampire-like zombies burn up on exposure to sunlight.

Laconic hero Rourke (actor-musician Johnny Strong) is very much a chip off the Mad Max block, yet with less charisma. The dialogue is often pretty ropey, too, but the action has a pulpy shoot-’em-up vigour, well suited to the film’s simultaneous release as an interactive virtual-reality experience.

Certificate 15. Runtime 105 mins. Director William Kaufman

Daylight's End debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Thursday 31 August. Available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.


Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.