There will be more than the chill of a January winter’s day in the air on Jan. 7 as it was revealed by Midnight Releasing this past week that writer/director S. J. Evans’ supernatural thriller, Dead of the Nite, will be the company’s kickoff DVD release for 2014.
The dreaded Jericho Manor (filmed at the Craig-y-Nos Castle in Wales) is the subject of a paranormal investigation by a group of “ghost hunters” (read that as the victim pool), who are greeted upon their arrival by a chap named Ruber, the caretaker of the notorious digs. You know from the get-go that it cannot go well for this intrepid little group when the character of Ruber is played by none other than the Candyman himself, Tony Todd.
Locked in, with nothing but night vision equipment, the group is slaughtered one by one by a mysterious figure (Ruber, perhaps?). Creepy effects, especially the greenish-tint of the video footage shot in the dark, make this haunted house tale a real edge-of-your-seat thriller.
But it doesn’t end there! Sent to investigate the “scene of the crime” are detectives Jenkins (Gary Mavers — Peak Practice, Devil’s Bridge, etc.) and Anderson (Joseph Millson — Casino Royale, I Give it a Year), who try to piece together what transpired (from the “found footage”), but with Ruber lurking about — and reticent to talk about what might have happened — you begin to wonder if they are just the next victims!
You will have to wait until the devilishly good twist-ending as Dead of the Nite delivers the goosebumps in the dark and chills up your spine right up until the closing credits.
Others is in the cast include Cicely Tennant, Paul Fox (Red Tails, Deserter), Simon Bamford (Nightbreed and as Butterball Cenobite in both Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II), Simone Kaye and the always alluring scream queen Suzi Lorraine (aka: Kelli Summers).
Bonus features include commentary from Brit filmmaker S. J. Evans, a half dozen deleted scenes, outtakes, a behind-the-scenes production featurette, storyboard to screen comparisons and a Q & A session with Horror Talk TV.
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