Last night, I turned over to the Lifetime Movie Channel and I watched Erasing His Dark Past.
Why Was I Watching It?
So, October isn’t even over yet and Lifetime has already decided that they’re going to start with the Christmas movies! That’s right — the next two months are just going to be Christmas cheer on my favorite channel! And listen, I love Christmas. You know that about me. I love any holiday that involves me getting presents! But seriously, it’s too soon for the Christmas movies!
So, instead of watching a Christmas movie last night, I switched over the Lifetime Movie Network and I got caught up with Erasing His Dark Past.
(Don’t worry, everyone! The holiday spirit will possess me soon and I’ll happily be watching every Christmas movie on Lifetime!)
What Was It About?
David (Michael Welch) has a dark past and he needs to erase it! What better way to do that than to disappear after a plane crash?
Everyone thinks that David is dead but his wife, Karen (Lauren Fortier), has her doubts. Those doubts turn out to be justified when she discovers that David had all sorts of weird financial stuff going on. By vanishing (or dying or whatever he did), he’s basically left Karen broke and in a lot of trouble. Was David just bad with money or was it all a part of his criminal scheme?
And could it be that David may have had a ….. second family!?
Micheal Welch did a good job as David, I thought. He came across as being sinister enough to fake his own death and charismatic enough to pull it off.
Fans of the classic film To Kill A Mockingbird will want to keep an eye out for Scout herself, Mary Badham, playing a sympathetic bank employee.
What Did Not Work?
There have been several Lifetime films about husbands faking their own death and running off to their second family. In fact, it’s become a bit of cliche that you should never trust a husband in a Lifetime film. Unfortunately, as a result, there was really no shock in discovering that David wasn’t actually dead. We knew it was going to happen as soon as he first appeared. To a certain extent, their predictability is one of the things that make Lifetime films enjoyable but still, it was a little bit to easy to see the direction in which Erasing His Dark Past was heading.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
This was one of those rare films where there really weren’t any “Oh my God! Just like me!” moments. I’ve never been married so I’ve never had to deal with a husband faking his own death and running off with all of my money. I guess I should consider myself lucky in that regard.
If there’s no body, there’s no proof.