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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

Writer:

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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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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Could Have Been Great
26 July 2015 | by wewatchedamovie1See all my reviews

Directed by a man from Kentucky, a monster/horror film and starring one of my personal favorite underrated actors (Kevin Durand) I was intrigued to check out Dark Was the Night despite the name. It sounds kinda cool but once thought about you half expect it to be directed by Captain Obvious. (Because no crap, it's dark at night)

Bright Was The Day still brings the good stuff for at-least the first 2.5 acts. A nice, slow burn, mysterious story about a Father (Durand) with a painful past trying to prove to himself he's capable of keeping his family safe. Then something screwed up comes to town and gives him the chance to x 5000.

The tension builds in an already paranoid small town when animals start to go missing and freaky hoof prints are found all over the place (No really, but they pull it off nicely). Things feel less dumb horror movie and more J.J. Abrams style Monster Mystery at this point as we slowly unravel the menace along with Sheriff Shields (Durand).

Director Jack Heller does a great job of using atmosphere & slowly delving out creepy hints rather than throwing out empty jump scares. Also working for him is Durand who overcomes a done-a-thousand-times back story and manages to deliver his heartache & intention with sincerity. Plus the dude just looks and acts like a leading man. He's a kick-butt Schwarzenegger type believable hero who can also act. He's usually the best part of everything he's in & it's nice to see him get to keep the cameras attention throughout.

Remember those few episodes of Lost when we didn't know the monster was just a stupid cloud of black smoke? They do almost as good of a job hiding their perpetrator here, just showing us enough to keep us scared. Maybe they knew that once we saw the evil full form, we would lose interest.

Just as things are reaching peak intensity and they create a killer moment for us to chew on everything goes flat. Mainly the special effects kill all the momentum and end our hopes of scary time goodness. The tension is literally sucked out of the film in a single ugly moment. The shock and horror instead comes from just how bad the special effects look and I think the film makers knew it because they go for a really stupid final horror moment that undermines its best character arc and renders it useless. But damn, they started off really nicely.

6.5/10 Dark Was the Night is watchable because of the well crafted pacing by Jack Heller & Kevin Durand. Damn that final act though. This is a film worthy of a re-make with a better budget for better special effects and Cinematography. As long as they could keep the same players! Just give them the money to make this look the way it should.


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