Maiden Woods is a quiet small town where people have little to worry about until animals start to go missing and strange footprints are found throughout the town. After the discovery of the footprints and claw marks on the trees, Sheriff Shields (Kevin Durand), needs to let go of the guilt of his past holding him down and protect the town from what’s been living in the woods. This movie overall is a great creature feature that has a lot going for it. Jack Heller, the director, does a fantastic job with the build of the movie, showing only small glimpses here and there of the monster. This movie also doesn’t rely primarily on jump scares like a large majority of horror movies these days do, but it relies on the common fear of the dark and old fashioned folklore. Another good thing about this movie is it made its own original monster instead of using something we’ve seen a lot like Bigfoot or vampires, which in itself gives enough reason to check it out. Although it is a slow burning horror film, once it gets to the climax you’ll be on the edge of your seat.
3 movies that are similar, and what Dark was the Night did better than them...
1) 30 Days of Night (2007)
These movies are similar in the sense that they both use a very similar color tone throughout the movie to add to the eeriness and darkness of the overall film. What Dark was the Night accomplished better was the establishment of the monsters, only letting you catch glimpses of them here and there and allowing you to use your imagination.
2) The Mist (2007)
The Mist and Dark was the Night both do an excellent job of casting an overall feeling of dread throughout the entirety of the movie. They also both do a good job at hitting you right in the feels when it comes to events that surround the main character. What Dark was the Night did better was make it feel this way without making the movie, or ending, overly depressing and heartbreaking. I’m pretty sure I’m emotionally scarred from the ending of The Mist.
3) Digging up the Marrow (2014)
These movies both have the same basic premise of monsters, and both movies also created their own original monster. Dark was the Night took a different approach than the overly used found footage style, which is what I think made it overall a stronger film than Digging up the Marrow.
Check out Dark was the Night in theaters Friday, July 24th!