Dark Was the Night

Dark Was the Night

Streaming Video - 2014
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Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas), struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself... And much, much hungrier.
Publisher: [United States]: RLJ Entertainment , 2014
Characteristics: video file
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1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 99 min.)) : sd., col
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I basically found this movie by doing a search for the actor Kevin Durand who also plays in both 'The Strain' and 'The Vikings'. I think he's a marvelous talent of the order of Michael Shannon, another performer about whom you're probably asking, "Who?" 'Dark was the Night' is a very good film. And, it happens to be an especially great horror film. Like another horror film, 'Let Me In', it has a really solid cast of good actors and actresses and the director allows the pace to develop slowly. At times, nothing really much happens on screen, particularly during moments when the main character, the Sheriff, grieves the loss of his young son and searches his tortured soul in muddled reveries. And then, there are other times in the film when the pace is moving at breakneck speed due to it's fast-moving monster. Yes, a monster movie that is tastefully directed with subtle performances and on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. One does not have to be sacrificed for the other. I happen to come from a small town in New England and there's a certain atmosphere that's quite appealing, even though it's a bit unclear as to where this story actually takes place. Probably Maine, near to the Canadian border since there is a reference to the Wendigo, a monster in Algonquin Native American lore. 'Dark Was the Night' prompted me to look things up on Wikipedia and seek out other films that touch on similar images and characters. I guess you can tell that I recommend the movie.

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Latin_Thinker
Sep 26, 2016

The film itself was better than I expected, however the biggest knock on it is the sheer unoriginality of the main antagonist creature. If you've ever seen "The Hunter" from the Resident Evil game series you will have already seen what DWTN's monster looks like. The special effects are underwhelming but if you can overlook all that you will be mildly entertained for the duration of the film. It's nothing exceptional but I've seen worse over the years.

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jswolfmcguire
Jul 19, 2016

Pleasantly surprised at the understated, chilling suspense that built to an exciting conclusion in this low budget but well-acted thriller. I found it spine-tingling and thoroughly enjoyed it. Interesting to see Lukas Haas again, the kid from "Witness" with the big ears and elfin face that reminds me of the Lord of the Rings characters.

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Monolith
May 02, 2016

"Dark Was the Night" = "Dull Was this Movie". Way too much focus on drama and far too little on horror. The subplot of the dysfunctional sheriff's family overtakes the supposed premise that there's a creepy creature eatin' up the townsfolk. And dear God, I do believe they're considering a sequel...

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Dreamstime
Jan 12, 2016

Disappointing low-low budget snore fest.

real_thing Jan 07, 2016

Great acting but the screne writter SUCKED

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