Nightwatch (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  17 April 1998 (USA)
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A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lonny Chapman ...
Johnson, Old Watchman
Scott Burkholder ...
College Professor
Guy in Pub
Alison Gale ...
Girlfriend of Guy in Pub
Pub Thug
Mongo Brownlee ...
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A law student takes a job as the night-watchman in a morgue, thinking that he will have much time to study, with his biggest problem being his paranoia in this scary setting. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and the student ends up getting mixed up with one of the murders, becoming a suspect. Written by Soumitra

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He's a full-time college student who just took the wrong part-time job. Now he's the final piece in a brilliant serial killer's puzzle. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong, morbid violence, language, sexuality, and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sombra de la noche  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$585,733 (USA) (17 April 1998)


$1,200,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The black and white picture of the guy on death row in the cabin is the same one used in the original version of this movie (Nightwatch (1994)). See more »


Martin Bells: The police have a suspect.
James Gallman: Who is it?
Martin Bells: It's me.
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Spoofs The Shining (1980) See more »


String Quartet in B-Flat Major
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The Smetana Quartet
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High expectations ... but a disappointment
14 March 2001 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Nightwatch is a movie with an interesting premise, but it all falls apart in the end. Which is too bad because I couldn't think of a better setup for an urban tale of paranoia and suspense. Especially given that before I was born, my father was a night watch man (we call them security guards) stationed at a mental hospital/detox's and had to walk the grounds, do rounds, etc. It was not his favorite job. Eventually something better came along (we call that a career) and he was out of there.

So as me and my father sat down for this - a tale about a night watch man in an eerie place - just ripe for creepy vibes - we were quite interesting in seeing where this story would go. There was so many possibilities, but that's where our interest left because soon this movie was settling into the comfortable groove of predictability with the cliché formula of 'people dying and the main character is the chief suspect'. Sigh. Then we meet this guy's best friend. He's semi-wacko at least from my perspective. He's wild, weird, unpredictable and gross. So naturally he's either a huge red herring or he just got my early vote for the perverted sexual killer.

Things progress, we're given little snippets of factual information that pass as sly attempts at clues and then suddenly this best friend is mature, calm and in other words completely different than forty minutes ago. So he takes a back seat in the race for the perverted sexual killer and we're left with waiting to figure out who the killer is when at this point I don't care. The movie has already become stale, it slides even further before the end, and I'm left trying to believe this could have been a whole lot better.

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