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Nightwatch (1994)
"Nattevagten" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  25 February 1994 (Denmark)
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In order to finance his law studies, Martin starts as a night watchman in a mortuary. When the victims of a serial killer of prostitutes are deposited there, scary things begin to happen. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin (as Nikolaj Coster Waldau)
Ulf Pilgaard ...
Rikke Louise Andersson ...
Stig Hoffmeyer ...
Gyrd Løfquist ...
Den gamle nattevagt
Niels Anders Thorn ...
Leif Adolfsson ...
Henrik Fiig ...
Jesper Hyldegaard ...
Rod 1 (as Ulrik Thomsen)
Christian Friis ...
Rod 2 (as Chris Friis)
Peter Rygaard ...


In order to finance his law studies, Martin starts as a night watchman in a mortuary. When the victims of a serial killer of prostitutes are deposited there, scary things begin to happen. Therefore and because of a strange bet with his fellow student Jens, the police begins to think he is the murderer. Police detective Wormer wants to help him but Martin is more and more suspected. Written by Joern Richts <>

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De søger en nattevagt, Martin er ikke mørkeræd, han har kun et problem... han får jobbet !


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Martin: You know what Hans Christian Andersen did? Every time he had masturbated he wrote a little X in his diary
Jens: If I had written down an X every time I had masturbated, there wouldn't be any pencils left in the whole wide world
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Am I the only person here who didn't think this was all that great?
1 October 2002 | by (seattle) – See all my reviews

I really wanted to like this movie, I'd read about it for years before it finally came out on video here. Maybe my expectations were too high. Really, I don't know what everyone else is raving about here, I thought this was a very average thriller. I'm not surprised this was remade by hollywood, as the plot and characters and dialogue already seem quite "hollywood" influenced to me in this original, though with that careful european touch, which really just made the movie seems slow to me.

I thought this movie was going to be atmospheric and creepy, but there was hardly any atmosphere at all, the direction was pretty dry and by-the-numbers. There were maybe 15 minutes filled with scary going-ons, and the rest was quite slow and talky, with no sense of buildup or dread whatsoever. The red herrings and forshadowing were so obvious in this, it was like getting slapped in the face.

Like I said, I went into this with good intentions. I like horror from extreme gore, to atmospheric chillers, from "Dead Alive" to "The Others. This movie filled neither of these needs. Not so much bad, as just average. I suppose if all you watch is mainstream hollywood films, or if you liked that pointless piece of crud "With a Friend Like Harry", then this will probably seem great to you.

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