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Nightlight DVD Review

Nightlight DVD

Lights out.

After an opening scene involving a suicidal teen (Ethan), “Nightlight” jumps forward in time and cuts to a story involving a group of teens (Ben, Chris, Nia, Amelia, Robin and her dog Kramer) venturing to Covington woods to play various flashlight games. Of course, their night of fun is interrupted when creepy things to begin to occur. Is the forest haunted? What’s the story with the creepy church in the woods? How does Ethan’s subplot tie into the story? Will any of the teens make it out alive? You’ll have to see for yourself. Or not.

Just when you think the found footage genre couldn’t get any worse, “Nighlight” comes along and gives viewers the perspective of a flashlight. Yes, you read that right. As if that gimmick wasn’t groan worthy enough, viewers have to watch 84 minutes of tired scare tactics involving rustling branches, unseen forces, whispering voices, characters screaming and shouting, a mysterious dark figure, flickering lights, and every other horror movie cliché you can possibly think of.

For the record, I would be more lenient on the film if it brought something new to the table, but this “The Blair Witch Project” wannabe simply feels like a collection of familiar horror genre elements. Granted, “Nightlight” doesn’t waste time and at least attempts to be suspenseful from start to finish, but the flimsy plot set-up and clumsy ending make it hard to care about anything happening on screen.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? For a found footage type film, the cinematography is actually pretty solid.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The sound f/x and dialogue are sharper than expected.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* 2 deleted scenes and an alternate ending with optional commentary by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods.
* “Behind The Scenes”- A short featurette with film clips and behind-the-scenes footage.
* Commentary by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods and Darren Brandl.

Overall Thoughts: The experience of watching “Nightlight” can best be described by a line a character ironically states at one point- “When does this end?”

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June 18, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review |

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