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This movie opens at a logging camp, a setting little seen in contemporary cinema. Trees getting cut, woods getting shredded, in a formidable forest framed by intimidating grey sky. It’s the end of the work day, and the men are supposed to be coming in, but a supervisor talks into his walkie talkie; he’s not […]

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There’s certainly talent in Jack Heller’s fright film “Dark Was the Night,” beginning with its cast. The busy TV actor Kevin Durand (“The Strain” on FX, “Vikings” on History) — here playing a small-town New York sheriff contending with a supernatural monster of Native American legend — conveys tender sorrow and steely resolve with understated […]

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It’s always refreshing when a modern horror film uses emotional themes, and good character work to wrap around all the terror. Too often, horror films descend into mindless excuses to slaughter young people in the least-bloody, most-watered-down PG-13 manner possible. So give points to Dark Was the Night for using a story about grief and doubt to […]

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A mysterious cloven-hoofed creature menaces the residents of an isolated mountain town in Jack Heller’s low-budget horror film. As generic as its title, Jack Heller‘s monster-in-the-woods horror film aspires to be the stuff of nightmares but instead merely lulls the viewer into an untroubled sleep. While its emphasis on character dynamics and a slow burn atmosphere […]

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Kevin Durand is a very familiar face to viewers of genre films. He’s appeared in films like Real Steel (2011), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Noah (2014), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), I Am Number Four (2011) and Legion (2010). He’s also appeared in dozens of television series, and is currently co starring in the FX series The Strain. His latest film is something of a departure for him because he […]

Dread Central Dark Was the Night Review

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From the very opening of Jack Heller’s creature-in-the-woods film, Dark Was the Night, I had a feeling that it was going to be worth some heavy mentioning, and senses don’t fail me now, I was right. The brutal slaughter of a logging foreman by an unseen force was just the right remedy for the current state […]

Film Pulse – All I Need

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The setup for Dylan Narang’s feature debut, All I Need, is simple enough: a girl awakes, tied up in a room with multiple other girls – some dead, some unconscious – and she’s unaware of how she got there. Now she must escape before a masked killer comes back and kills her. Sound familiar? continue…