Watch: Dark Was the Night 2014 123movies, Full Movie Online – Isolated and threatened, a mysterious force hidden within the trees outside the small town of Maiden Woods, strikes fear in the townspeople as Sheriff Paul Shields attempts to overcome the demons of his past while protecting those that he loves..
Plot: An evil is unleashed in a small town when a logging company sets up shop in the neighboring woods. Isolated and threatened, a mysterious force hidden within the trees outside the small town of Maiden Woods, strikes fear in the townspeople as Sheriff Paul Shields attempts to overcome the demons of his past while protecting those that he loves.
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|5.6/10 Votes: 10,466|
|52% | RottenTomatoes|
|40/100 | MetaCritic|
|N/A Votes: 215 Popularity: 11.478 | TMDB|
Decent film well worth a watch.
This is the kind of film you flick on at 12.30am when you really should be thinking about bed, but instead you find yourself sitting there wrapped up in the story telling yourself ‘5 more minutes…just 5 more minutes.’
There’s very little original or inventive about this movie. On paper it’s a decent horror-suspense the like of which you will have seen many times before. It’s strengths are in the restrained, yet engaging pacing, but most especially the subtle but powerful performance of lead actor Kevin Durand.
Durand plays small town Sheriff Paul Shields, a man seemingly on the verge of a nervous breakdown after the tragic death of his son and the breakdown of his marriage to his wife Susan, played with depth and compassion by Bianca Kajlich. It is this human element to the story that elevates it beyond your typical creature-feature mystery-suspense.
The premise has been used countless times before, but rarely acted so adroitly. You really feel for Durand, he practically exudes pain in every scene without ever overstating the case. I always liked him as an actor, but after this performance I would rate him as a potential great. I sincerely hope that on the back of this performance he gets more sympathetic, serious roles away from the unhinged baddies he usually plays (albeit excellently).
I don’t like to spoil the content of movies in my reviews, so I’ll just conclude that this film is good but nothing special. It’s well worth a watch for fans of horror and/or suspense, just don’t expect a reinvention of the wheel, because you’ll have seen most if not all of this before elsewhere.
Decent suspenseful horror
Up until the closing scenes Dark Was the Night is reminiscent of any number of films by director M. Night Shyamalan.
A strong sense of foreboding and tension is established early in this film. The source of the terror that infects a US country town is hinted at and glimpsed but never fully revealed, until the final scenes.
As a result, Dark Was the Night could be described as somewhat slow by some but that was not what I took away from this story. Its well acted, with a solid sub plot and good character development, that moves the story forward.
The ending is somewhat predictable, as is the final twist but that really doesn’t detract greatly from what is a worth while watch. Seven out of ten from me.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director Jack Heller
Writer Tyler Hisel
Actors Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas, Bianca Kajlich
Country United States
Awards 2 wins
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A