I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday Horror Thriller Exemplifies Family As Value
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday Film Details
Director: Mike Lombardo
Writer: Mike Lombardo
Film Festival Circulation
Release Format: TBD
Genre: Drama, Horror
Running Time: 1h 11min
A mother and her 8-year-old son struggle to survive in a bomb shelter after an unnamed apocalypse.
DecayMag first spoke with Mike Lombardo back in February 2017 in a roundtable interview along with members of Girl Scout Troop 40210. Prior to our conference Lombardo had assisted the young filmmakers to produce their first horror film. You read that correct, a Girl Scout Troop conceived a horror film. Fast-Forward a few months into the 2017 calendar year and Lombardo delivers his first full-length feature.
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday won the Best Actress award at 2017 Nightmares Film Festival. Another informational tidbit; Brian Keene Grandmaster Horror Award and Bram Stoker award-winning Author served as executive producer on the film.
To hear the roundtable interview with Mike Lombardo and Girl Scout Troop 40210 tune in at the 1:22:40 mark in the podcast episode below.
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday may have a holiday vibe but there is nothing jolly in this visual fiction. The story is a low-key account of a mother on the verge of lunacy. The sole individual anchoring her to rationality is her eight (8) year old son. Holiday horror films vary with homicidal snowmen or psychotic killer santas. Yet, filmmaker Mike Lombardo worked with a significant emotional subject. Lombardo’s imagination unfolds against a post-apocalyptic backdrop, an era of jeopardy for mankind. Nothing hints outside the world-encircling characters, its safe to assume survivors are reduced in volume.
The screenplay comprises imaginative significance. The only slight parallel I can detect is with Xavier Gens‘ 2011 Thriller. Kudos to Lombardo for his expedition on solitary confinement and its psychological effects on the mind. What a positive investment of my time this film turned out to be. I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday is a redefining film and proof that an intense character-driven narrative can rival high-cost productions.
The threat Lombardo fails to focus on is the external conflict. What is the roaming menace? The situation that unfolds in ACT III will have audiences scratching their heads in perplexity. Is magic involved? Or perhaps the adversaries are psychic? Is the virus an airborne pathogen? I can continue on and on with questions that went unanswered throughout this production.
I enjoyed the performances presented in I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday. It is wonderful to see young actors interpret their characters with outstanding talent. This is what viewers will encounter in Lombardo’s production. The two major roles in this film are the mother and her child and each connects well with audiences. In fact, the performances given are profound and may have viewers reaching for Kleenex to dry those tears. Actress Hope Bikle plays with the viewer’s emotions with her strong representation. Bikle’s character displays a plethora of unstable sentiments, her role is impactful because it feels real.
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday provides small measures of practical and special effects. Each component adds to the narrative but the practical effects allow better harmony with the visual stream. A magical inscription and putrid breath don’t marry well with the authentic impression of this narrative.
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday is an unexpected tour de force. The raw emotion communicated in this film is gut wrenching and leaves viewers numb. Lombardo establishes one of those films that merit only one viewing. This statement is not a negative impression towards his film. With its construction of an authentic nature, it is unthinkable to travel through that emotional roller-coaster for the second time around. Plus viewers will have to invest in more Kleenex. The production is sincere and moves straight for the jugular vein.
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday offer outstanding performances and on-screen chemistry. This production is far from a commonplace holiday horror film. Yet, the narrative conveys a grim message well timed with joyous seasons greetings. Once the closing credits roll audiences will discover a newfound appreciation for what is most valuable, family.