DEAD NIGHT (fka Applecart) was directed by Bradford Barah from a screenplay written by Irving Walker and stars Brea Grant, AJ Bowen, Sophie Dalah, Elise Luthman, Joshua Hoffman, Alison Haislip, Chase Williamson, Daniel Roebuck and Barbara Crampton.

When a path is chosen, do you ever truly know the consequences? James and his wife Casey load up their two teenage kids and head out to a remote cabin in Oregon for a weekend trip. When James heads into the snowy forest in search of firewood, he encounters an enigmatic woman passed out in the snow. Bringing her back to the cabin for help, the family has no way of knowing that the woman’s presence is the catalyst for a series of events that will change their lives forever.

It doesn’t take long for things to get super strange for James (AJ Bowen) and Casey (Brea Grant) and their teenagers once they arrive at the isolated cabin in the woods. The movie takes place on a cold wintery night, and once Leslie Bison (Barbara Crampton) is introduced, the family getaway spirals way out of control. Without spoiling too much for you let’s just say once Leslie meets this family all hell breaks loose and the mystery slowly starts to reveal itself. Casey finds out that there’s something much bigger going on here and there’s no way of escaping the terrifying event that’s going down. There’s a supernatural presence that’s using the young mother to help it fulfill destiny. What happens is, Casey’s story unfolds from two very different perspectives because the actual events that take place during this terrifying night have been covered up.

Okay, this movie first caught my attention early on because I found out Don Coscarelli and Barbara Crampton were involved and these two have ranked very high on my fandom scale since my childhood. Dead Night is another cabin in the woods horror movie that has elements of The Evil Dead (because of the creepy cool special effects) and The Shining (because of the cold wintery setting) and I thought the execution was very well done. Did I mention there’s a lot of blood and gore? There is! The movie has a few flaws but the good stuff makes up for a lot of that because it is a creepy cool and bizarre watch. Dead Night is a low budget indie film that plays much bigger than it actually is because of the camera work, old school special effects and performances by the cast.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I ended up liking Dead Night even though it’s just another cabin in the woods horror movie. The story was interesting because it took a slightly new approach to the old cabin in the woods concept and delivered two completely different sides of the terrifying event that took place. There were a few questions left unswered and honestly that’s the biggest flaw of the movie. The other flaw is that a few of the characters weren’t interesting at all and were nothing more than gator bate for the villain. Still, that gets a pass because most horror movies have filler characters that are only there for slaughtering purposes. I thought Bradford Baruh did a really good job for this to be his directorial debut because the supernatural creeper is a fun watch. The standout performances goes to Barbara Crampton who delivers a mysterious character that’s completely unlikable and she comes complete with a sinister agenda and Brea Grant who holds nothing back in her emotionally intense role. The other big standouts are the stunning cinematography, the beautiful isolated location and the fantastic old school practical effects. Dead Night will be available on DVD on September 11th and is worth a watch.

Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include five deleted scenes and the trailer.

  • Deleted Scenes (04:06)
  • Trailer (02:34)



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