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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 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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Country:

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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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Donny Saunders: I feel I was sent to protect someone.
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Cool and mysterious atmosphere overcome some of the generic themes
25 July 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Predominantly set in chilly blue tint, Dark Was the Night has quaint and also eerie ambiance fitting for a mystery thriller. The wintry set-up is convincingly effective on creating a sense of isolation, which keeps the suspense going even though it slightly stumbles at midway point. It's troubled by relatively bland acting and repetitive developments at some points, yet it still looks and feels refined.

Several odd occurrences have happened in isolated town of Maiden Woods. The small town has small population and the anomalies understandably disturb its occupants. What may seem like a prank eventually escalates as the beastly sightings become more malicious. For a straightforward theme, it maintains the thrill well without straying too far into campy monster flick.

Its biggest asset is the cinematography. Visually the movie has just the appropriate outlook for mystery horror. Details of the town and its surrounding produce morbid effect on its own. However, it may take the title too seriously. A couple of scenes in night time look overly bleak and vague. Choppy editing and jittery camera unfortunately hamper some of the intense sequences.

Acting is also a bit imbalance. The sheriff looks ridden with guilt and anguish, while it may work with his sad backstory, the excessive lamentation proves to be tiresome in the long run. Several other cast deliver better performance, more emotionally involved than most horror movies have to offer. Yet, the subplots and monotonous investigation plod the pace significantly in second half before reaching its climax.

There are a few inconsistencies on the presentation, it's not overly innovative either, however the solid atmosphere is primed for mystery horror. It's polished cleverly, and will most likely please fans of the genre or audience looking for light thrill.


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