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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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better than expected
13 March 2016 | by JackUK1973See all my reviews

When you watch a lot of low budget horror you automatically lower your expectations (watching 'panic button' while writing this, and that is truly dreadful!), however I found Dark is the Night to be one of the better films I've seen recently.

There's nothing new in the concept; a remote American town, monster in the woods, people and animals disappearing - in some cases without trace.

The suspense and characters build nicely through the film, with odd glimpses of the monster as we go. Kevin Durand was especially good, but all the actors did a great job.

The film could be better again if two things could have been addressed; firstly it's ridiculous that the monster kills pretty much whatever is in it's sights however on the more than one occasion that it encounters the sheriff and/or his deputy it runs away - especially bizarre in the scene where the sheriff stops for the dead deer in the middle of the night when he could easily have been killed.

And secondly, as others have mentioned, the ending where the creature is revealed which was so bad it almost reminded me of Ray Harryhausen style stop-motion effects.

If you can get past those two things though, it's a good watch (unlike this awful Panic Button film)


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