Well written screaming bloody murder and dystopian gun battles are not necessary in EVERY SINGLE monster movie , well directed, great casting, perfect settings, interesting mythology, and the ending was just...AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! No way! Then the music comes up and you're like, That was so cool!Well, I was like that, anyway. This movie proudly sits on the shelf between the classics Creature from the Black Lagoon and Enemy Mine.
Well worth watching. (by benfordian)
I normally find horror films boring, predictable and ridiculous. Watched this though and I'm glad I did. Really enjoyed it.
Riveting horror movie (by lanechaffin-964-63190)
I wasn't expecting this movie to be very good, but i was pulled in from the start. Surprisingly good cast and good acting throughout. I really like the way the movie was shot and the overall feel. Not your typical blood and guts gory horror movie. Delivers with suspense and intrigue. I guess this is more of a creature feature. Also somewhat reminiscent of "Joe" with Nicholas Cage. We enter the world of Sheriff Paul Shields played by Kevin Durand as he tries to get over the death of his son and do his job at the same time. A real winner in my book
Kevin Durand - what is there more to say!? (by seularts)
I have to say Kevin Durand worked with a low budget movie and made it into a nice piece of work at the end. Don't expect high quality horror from it, but I do appreciate the fact that the director did focus on tense moments and suspense rather than just on cheap scare tricks. The CGI is low budget as expected but they did do a good job at keeping it away from the screen until the last moment, making the audience grip on to find out what was hiding in those woods all this time. Acting is rather good and the double plot entices the story very well towards the end. If you don't know <more>
Kevin Durand, check some of his other roles, one of my favorite being "Vasiliy Fet" in the series called "The String". In the end I have to rate this as a 9/10 as there were some mistakes and clichés here and there, but nothing that would spoil the good action the movie brought forward.
I really enjoyed this movie. I wouldn't exactly call this a horror movie. Suspenseful thriller yes. The acting and storyline solid.
Awesome monster movie - contains SPOILERS!!! (by ruma5)
I watch a lot of monster,thriller,mystery, and sci-fi.. Dark was the night was really, really good. I screamed at times at my TV- Only movies that grab me can do that- There was a lot of suspense- I recognized the 2 lead actors - Lucas from "Witness" and Kevin from "Stargate Sg-1 - They were both fantastic!!! I really did not want the movie to end! I only have 1 complaint - the reason I gave it a 9 instead of 10--- DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THIS MOVIE!!!!!!! The ending! If they ended it after shooting the monster.. I would have loved it- We need a good <more>
monster movie with a HAPPY ENDING!!! But no- the director had to end it with many more monsters climbing on the church .. Why??? That's the only reason I gave it a 9 instead of 10- either way , it really is a great movie, a lot of fun!!
Decent monster-in-the woods horror film with echoes of "JAWS" (by george.schmidt)
DARK WAS THE NIGHT 2014 *** Kevin Durand, Bianca Kajilch, Lukas Haas, Nick Damici, Sabina Gadecki, Steve Agee, Heath Freeman, Ethan Khusidman. Decent monster-in-the woods horror film with echoes of "JAWS" : grieving family man and small-town sheriff Durand excellent and low-key to full tilt discovers some strange occurrences amidst the populace's environs when a local legend may actually have ballast. Filmmaker Jack Heller shrewdly shows glimpses of the creature here and there with a few genuine jolts and scare tactics with economy yet never cheating the audience with a <more>
genuine hero to root for thanks to Tyler Hisel's slow-and-steady-wins-the-race script that reads like old school John Carpenter by its showdown climax that leaves one final chill to ponder.
Good Atmosphere, good characters, and a satisfying scare... (by Rabh17)
This is equal parts Drama and Horror.The Beginning seems kind of slow and tedious, but if you're patient and in the right mood, then you settle in. Durand plays the Sheriff with deep emotional background, although it can seem a little heavy at first. And his deputy is a good balance of a lighter character with an Outside-Of-Town perspective. And the Monster is all in the build-up.In some ways, this movie starts with the usual horror formula...except it's not a screamer/splatter. The Townspeople aren't a forgettable list of cardboard a-holes just lining up to be dragged off. <more>
It's ordinary people coming to realize that something dangerous has moved in with them...and now they're scared...and as a viewer, I found myself scared for them.This ain't a blockbuster movie...but I rate it above the generic B-Grade cable fare because when you parse the plot, there's a lot of common sense logic involved in the sheriff and the town trying to figure out what's happening. And the acting is solid and believable all around.This one is best for classic After-12 Midnight viewing on a Saturday night. Even better if it's raining or snowing outside.
Solid creature-feature with strong acting. (by johannes2000-1)
Actually, for a creature-feature is wasn't that bad at all! There's a nice slow building-up of the tension and the makers were wise enough to let the creature for most of the movie stay out of full vision, this way we are spared the usually preposterous man-in-furry-suit wannabe Bigfoot. And in the last shot that's really quite surprising and bloodchilling , they used convincing CGI. What lifts this movie further above the regular horror-flick is the strong acting of both sherrif Kevin Durand and deputy Lukas Haas , helped by a good storyline for each of them, so that both <more>
characters gained some extra depth. It isn't really functional in such a movie, but provides a nice counter-balance to all the creature-turmoils.