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It has a couple of interesting ideas, a certain degree of style and one impressive performance but never manages to pull them together into a cohesive or satisfying whole.
Dead Night ends up being muddled, never committing to either solemn supernatural horror or its elements of camp.
What makes Dead Night such fun is how invested the cast all are in this melting pot. Turning a film which could have been tiresome into a highly entertaining and enjoyable, if scattergun, romp.
It's just a shame that, despite the determination and resilience of the filmmakers, its full potential got lost somewhere back in the forest.
Dead Night certainly boasts originality and style but requires the refinement of a more seasoned filmmaker to wade through this forest of ideas.
With good performances, great atmosphere and plenty of gory surprises, horror fans should definitely give it a chance.
An instance of too many ideas & narrative styles, Dead Night fails to work how it should. A valiant turn from Crampton sadly cannot save this jumbled & confusing story.
Brad Baruh's bonkers family tragedy is all at once a psychological and supernatural tale of perverse female empowerment.
It's crammed with interesting ideas, but not everything works. The movie's biggest triumph, though, is one very enthusiastic performance-and it's enough to recommend it to scary-movie fans.
While Baruh isn't strong with introductions, he's reasonably good with payoffs, generating a whirlwind of strangeness that saves the viewing experience.
More than just the slasher horror you might expect from its setting, Dead Night is an ambitious film whose strength is in its strangeness.
The movie oozes eerie atmosphere and sinks its teeth into you.
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