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Dark Was the Night (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 24 July 2015 (USA)
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An evil is unleashed in a small town when a logging company sets up shop in the neighboring woods.

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Jack Heller

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Tyler Hisel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Durand ... Paul Shields
Lukas Haas ... Donny Saunders
Bianca Kajlich ... Susan Shields
Nick Damici ... Earl
Heath Freeman ... Jim
Ethan Khusidman ... Adam Shields
Sabina Gadecki ... Clair
Steve Agee ... Foreman
Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum ... Creature Performer
Billy Paterson Billy Paterson ... Ron
Terry Fiore Terry Fiore ... Father
Joe Pallister ... Hunter #1 (as Joseph Pallister)
Charles Parshley Charles Parshley ... Hunter #2 (as Charlie Parshley)
Vincent Carbone Vincent Carbone ... Hunter #3
Minerva Scelza ... Teacher (as Minerva Perez)
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Isolated and threatened, a mysterious force hidden within the trees outside the small town of Maiden Woods, strikes fear in the townspeople as Sheriff Paul Shields attempts to overcome the demons of his past while protecting those that he loves. Written by Anonymous

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Evil's Roots Run Deep

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trees See more »

Filming Locations:

Southampton, New York, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Based on "The Devil's Footprints" phenomenon that occurred in 19th century England. Mysterious hoof-like footprints appeared in the snow between 8 February and 9 February 1855 in Devon. The prints appeared to pass through walls and over rooftops. It is still considered to be an unsolved mystery. See more »

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Susan Shields: It's the Devil.
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Decent film well worth a watch.
2 August 2015 | by johnbkaramazovSee all my reviews

This is the kind of film you flick on at 12.30am when you really should be thinking about bed, but instead you find yourself sitting there wrapped up in the story telling yourself '5 more minutes...just 5 more minutes.'

There's very little original or inventive about this movie. On paper it's a decent horror-suspense the like of which you will have seen many times before. It's strengths are in the restrained, yet engaging pacing, but most especially the subtle but powerful performance of lead actor Kevin Durand.

Durand plays small town Sheriff Paul Shields, a man seemingly on the verge of a nervous breakdown after the tragic death of his son and the breakdown of his marriage to his wife Susan, played with depth and compassion by Bianca Kajlich. It is this human element to the story that elevates it beyond your typical creature-feature mystery-suspense.

The premise has been used countless times before, but rarely acted so adroitly. You really feel for Durand, he practically exudes pain in every scene without ever overstating the case. I always liked him as an actor, but after this performance I would rate him as a potential great. I sincerely hope that on the back of this performance he gets more sympathetic, serious roles away from the unhinged baddies he usually plays (albeit excellently).

I don't like to spoil the content of movies in my reviews, so I'll just conclude that this film is good but nothing special. It's well worth a watch for fans of horror and/or suspense, just don't expect a reinvention of the wheel, because you'll have seen most if not all of this before elsewhere.


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