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As Night Comes (2014)

R | | Crime, Drama | 2 January 2015 (USA)
Troubled seventeen-year-old Sean Holloway falls in with a group of teenage outcasts called "The Misfits," known around town for their petty crimes and vandalism. But things begin to spiral ... See full summary »

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Richard Zelniker
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Luke Baines ... Ricky Gladstone
Myko Olivier ... Sean Holloway
Evanne Friedmann ... Sarah David
Stacia Hitt Stacia Hitt ... Julie Rivera
Jesse Kove Jesse Kove ... Brad Larson
Ryan Shoos ... Donny Chapman
Moe Irvin ... Mr. Hayes
Kent Harper ... Red Chapman
Lane Smith Jr. ... Blane Conner
Weston Cage Coppola ... Bryan Roberts (as Weston Cage)
Angelo Tiffe ... Sean's Father
Bree Pavey Bree Pavey ... Sean's Mother
Steve Crest ... Deputy Shears
Jenna Marie Bowers Jenna Marie Bowers ... Tiffany Post (as Jenna Bowers)
Jesse Chevy Jesse Chevy ... Patrick Monaham
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Troubled seventeen-year-old Sean Holloway falls in with a group of teenage outcasts called "The Misfits," known around town for their petty crimes and vandalism. But things begin to spiral out of control on "Mischief Night" - when their pranks culminate into a night of violence and mayhem on the eve of Halloween - and Sean finds himself deeply in over his head. Written by CNZ

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Two sides. Nowhere to go.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content, language and some teen drug and alcohol use
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USA

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English

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2 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Mischief Night See more »

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Mischief Night opens a much needed conversation.
9 November 2013 | by trevorsnarrSee all my reviews

"With its nod to Clockwork Orange, Mischief Night, directed by Richard Zelniker, avoids every cliché and cheap trick, instead forcing us inside the pain, fear and excruciating confusion that lives inside so many people today. It doesn't look 'at' a social issue and offer a glossy solution. It demands that we feel the desperation of its trapped protagonists. Who is the hero and who is the villain? No easy answer there either. We all have a voice. A passionate, but weary English teacher (portrayed with such humanity by Moe Irvin) offers a path. Shakespeare. Poetry. But this writer, director, producers and stunning cast walk us down that path and lead the way for every kid, parent, citizen, human asking not just 'Why did another kid take a gun to school?' and 'Why did another horrific killing happen?' The pain is intolerable. The fear is constant. And the answers too quiet and too late. Mischief Night opens a much needed conversation. No. It demands it from a roof top.

And about that director, Richard Zelniker found a soft-spoken boy with a volcano inside of him and put that voice on screen. Where so many filmmakers today rely on horrific violence, gore and external terror to hold our attention, Zelniker somehow makes us feel every painful moment without ever taking the easy way out. An adult film about childhood agony that reveals itself so exquisitely, you are left shaken to the core without one 'shock shot'. Like The Hurt Locker, your heart is in your mouth from the first five minutes through the final exhale. Beautifully photographed, the images are terrifying and haunting in the best way. How does a film that never jolts you with that sudden scream keep you so wrapped? Zelniker and his cast jolt us awake. Complacency is not an option. Helter Skelter, Clockwork Orange, and The Outsiders have a companion for the shelf. I really didn't want to, but Zelniker made me look.

And now I can't close my eyes."

Eden Bernardy Screenwriter


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