|DARK WAS THE NIGHT (director: Jack Heller; screenwriter: Tyler Hisel; cinematographer: Ryan Samul; editors: Paul Covington, Toby Yates, Tim Donovan; music: Darren Morze; cast: Kevin Durand (Paul Shields), Lukas Haas (Donny Saunders), Bianca Kajlich (Susan Shields), Nick Damici (Earl), Health Freeman (Jim), Ethan Khusidman (Adam Shields), Sabina Gadecki (Clair), Steve Agree (Jesse, foreman), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Creature Performer), Billy Paterson (Ron); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Joey Carey, Jack Heller, Dylan K. Narang, Stefan Nowicki, Dallas Sonnier; Image Entertainment/Sundial Pictures; 2015)|
creature fright film competently directed
by Jack Heller."
by Dennis Schwartz
creature fright film competently directed by Jack
Heller ("Enter Nowhere"). Tyler
Hisel’s script keeps things intriguing even if the
plot is predictable and the narrative is far from
original. It's another version of the man-beast
myth, something I appreciated more in Larry
Fessenden's Wendigo (2001).
The special effects and visual effects are
very good, and it ends with
a magical final shot by the talented cinematographer
a logging company comes to the rural fictitious Maiden
Woods, in upstate NY (filmed in Southampton,
N.Y.), a strange mysterious force is unleashed
in the woods outside of town. The demonic force
threatens the safety of the townies. The guilt-ridden
Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand), who
is still grieving his son's death, struggles within to
get his act together so he can get rid of his inner
demons and do his job to protect the citizens from a
cloven-hoofed demon. Lukas Haas,
a transplant from New York City, plays his troubled
but loyal deputy.
The tree-dweller supernatural Monster (Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum), fighting against the ruining of the environment by the greedy real estate developers, is kept unseen until the climax, though the results of its attacks are effectively shown.
REVIEWED ON 5/17/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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