Some indie films — especially genre films from the VHS era — arrived and then were quickly forgotten. There were some, however, that made the rounds at the local video store and somehow survived over the years as allusive “gets” — as in, “man, you gotta get this one … so cool.”
It’s been a long and winding road (a 30-year wait), but Unearthed Films, with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has finally settled in on Sept. 17 for the DVD and Blu-ray debut of writer/director Bruce R. Cook’s 1989 direct-to-video haunted house thriller, Nightwish.
The DVD and Blu-ray releases are culled from a new 4K restoration from the film’s original camera negative.
The gist of the story, which often wanders down rabbit holes that are never fully explored — but interesting “rabbit holes” none the less — has four “graduate” students (genre fans recognize this as the “victim pool”) isolated in a remote desert cabin (complete with a mine shaft maze) for the purpose of doing inter-dimensional research. Their professor (Jack Starrett — Born Losers, Blazing Saddles, First Blood, etc.) is more than just a little unhinged.
Fans of the film have come to relish it for the performances of Donna (Elizabeth Kaitan — Savage Dawn, Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2, Assault of the Killer Bimbos, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) and Kim (Alisha Das — Danger Zone II: Reaper's Revenge, Firepower, Object of Obsession) for obvious reasons. Plus there is Brian Thompson (Cobra, Alien Nation, Fright Night Part 2 … and The X-Files) on board as one of the professor’s assistants, who has some terrific lines and is fun to watch but his role is limited.
In the end, Nightwish has the supernatural, monsters, aliens and lunatics. And, of course, Donna and Kim!!
Bonus features include commentary from producer Paul White (Society, Bride of the Re-Animator), who is joined by Unearthed Films founder and president, Stephen Biro.