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Dark Was The Night (2014/Image Entertainment Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C+ Film: C+

Starring Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas, Jack Heller's Dark Was The Night (2014) is a moody and atmospheric creature feature with a fairly predictable plot but decent characters and an overall interesting script. The film also stars Biana Kajlitch and Steve Agee.

Hisel's script first attracted attention when it made the 2009 Hollywood Blacklist of the top 100 unproduced screenplays under the working title The Trees. A few production companies joined to fund the project, which began filming in 2012 under Jack Heller's direction. The film premiered at L.A.'s annual Screamfest in October 2014, where it won awards for special effects and visual effects for good reason as the Creature at the end of this film is pretty well designed and executed.

A long slumbering evil is awoken in the trees, outside the remote town of Maiden Woods. Isolated and threatened, it sets its sites on the townspeople as Sheriff Paul Shields (Durand) attempts to overcome the demons of his past so that he may protect those that he loves.

I liked how the film kept the Monster a mystery until the end, with many scenes showing the aftermath of his attacks and skepticism on behalf of the more intelligent than normal characters. Usually cast as a villain in films, Kevin Durand (The Strain) makes an interesting hero here in a great performance.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a powerful, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit), the film looks and sounds great on Blu-ray disc. Subtitles are also on the disc in English SDH.

Extras include a Behind The Scenes featurette, an eight minute Q and A with the cast of Dark Was The Night, and a bonus trailer that plays before the menu screen. No trailer for the actual film is included.

All in all, Dark Was The Night is an interesting creature feature that isn't horribly filmed or acted yet isn't completely original either. If you're a fan of horror films like Pumpkinhead, then you may want to give this a spin.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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