VOD REVIEW: The Long Night provides brisk frights, but falls flat of high ambitions

From the beginning, it becomes clear that The Long Night aspires to be more than just jump scares and shallow tricks.

Rich Ragsdale – an accomplished music video director and writer – takes the helm here, and creates an intriguing horror film. It’s well-wrought and shocking, even if it doesn’t always hit the mark.

Writers Robert Sheppe and Mark Young weave the tale of a couple who become stranded in a farmhouse by cult leaders, and manage some real scares as well.

Jack and Grace go away when she’s offered a lead in finding her birth parents, but they’re soon embroiled in a terrifying night they aren’t sure they’ll get out of alive.

Scout Taylor-Compton – a genre darling who became the new Laurie Strode in Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake – leads this one, and she does an admirable job.

Joined by Nolan Gerard Funk, Deborah Kara Unger, Kevin Ragsdale, and an incredible character performance from Jeff Fahey, the cast keeps this one going..

It all gets a little convoluted at the end, and the third act is messy. But I’ll say this for The Long Night – nothing about it seems exhausting.

It’s a curious little film that’s both terrifying and confusing. This is a genre picture that, although it doesn’t always reach its lofty ambitions, leaves a mark regardless.

2.5/5 Stars

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