“The Long Night” desires to create a way of encroaching worry and unease in viewers however can’t encourage a lot of something apart from boredom and apathy. The issue isn’t the truth that it is nothing greater than a set of overly acquainted horror movie cliches. That could possibly be forgiven if the filmmakers took these tropes and discovered methods to remodel the acquainted into one thing contemporary. As a substitute, “The Lengthy Nighttime” is content material to merely trot these components out with a minimum of artistic effort because the movie plods in the direction of a conclusion that can shock completely nobody.
Grace (Scout Taylor-Compton) is a younger girl who by no means knew her actual household and has spent years making an attempt to trace them down. When she will get a name from an investigator who claims to have a big lead on her parentage, she and her boyfriend Jack (Nolan Gerard Funk) hop into their automotive and depart New York Metropolis for a visit to the investigator’s remoted plantation residence within the Deep South. After they arrive, the man isn’t there. However as they let themselves inside to attend for him, bizarre issues start to happen. Snakes begin turning up in every single place. A mysterious altar is found within the close by woods. The telephone reception goes from clear to menacing. Most importantly, as soon as the evening falls they usually lastly determine that perhaps it is time to flee, they uncover that their automotive is inoperable and the home is surrounded by what seems to be members of a mysterious cult who’re sporting goat-head masks and who clearly are there for one thing … or somebody.
All that I’ve recounted takes place inside the movie’s first half-hour, and the remainder of the film consists of Grace and Jack combating off the invaders while making an attempt to determine what they need with them. I believe that the majority of viewers, particularly those with a passion for horror movies, will just about work out how issues are going to unfold lengthy earlier than they do, however, neither director Rich Ragsdale nor screenwriters Mark Young and Robert Shepp makes any try to play with these expectations. As a substitute, they’re content material to easily undergo the anticipated motions, and whereas they enact them with a sure diploma of expertise, their efforts don’t prolong a lot additional than that. Even the inevitable “BOO!” jump-scare moments when somebody or one thing out of the blue pops as much as startle everybody on the display screen and within the viewers really feel extra perfunctory than the rest.
Past the dearth of originality, the movie additionally suffers from a lack of partaking characters. Grace is nice and nice sufficient and Compton-Taylor’s efficiency might be one of the best factors right here, however, she is simply not significantly fascinating. Jack, however, is such a Grade-A twerp proper from the opening scenes that viewers will likely be actively rooting for one thing nasty to occur to him. (That mentioned, I used to be amused by the half through which he makes an attempt to intimidate the gang of cult members gathering outdoors by informing them he went to Princeton.) Since it’s inconceivable to develop a rooting curiosity in both of them, the entire thing simply turns into a more and more tedious train.
“The Long Night” feels as if it was scribbled out in the course of the downtime at a regional horror conference and forged from the accessible pool of visitors and attendees. (Style veterans Jeff Fahey and Deborah Kara Unger additionally flip up in short roles.) The individuals who made it clearly know what components ought to flip up in a horror movie, however, are not sure as to methods to make them really scary. (In direction of the top, “The Long Night” simply appears to begin tossing concepts in at random within the more and more determined hopes that one thing will lastly stick.) Throw in an entire lack of vitality, a number of padding, and completely no humorousness concerning itself, and even essentially the most indulgent of style followers will discover “The Long Night” a chore to sit down by.