Dark Was the Night (film)

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Dark Was the Night
Dark was the Night (film) teaser posters.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Jack Heller
Produced by Jack Heller
Dylan K. Narang
Stefan Nowicki
Dallas Sonnier
Written by Tyler Hisel
Starring Kevin Durand
Lukas Haas
Bianca Kajlich
Music by Darren Morze
Cinematography Ryan Samul
Edited by Timothy Donovan
Caliber Media Company
Foggy Bottom Pictures
Preferred Content
Sundial Pictures
Country U.S.
Language English

Dark Was the Night (aka The Trees[1]) is an upcoming 2014 thriller film directed and produced by Jack Heller, and written by Tyler Hisel. Starring Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas and Bianca Kajlich. The film is based on true events.


A never-before-seen evil is unleashed on the small, isolated town of Maiden Woods when a logging company sets up shop in the neighboring woods,[2] and the towns only hope is their local Sheriff (Durand) and his trusted Deputy.[3]


  • Kevin Durand as Sheriff Paul Shields
  • Lukas Haas as Donny Saunders
  • Bianca Kajlich as Susan Shields
  • Ethan Khusidman as Adam Shields
  • Nick Damici as Earl Lerner
  • Seth Hendricks as Jesse Noland
  • Heath Freeman
  • Sabina Gadecki
  • Minerva Scelza as Mrs. Poplar
  • Joseph Pallister as The Hunter
  • Charles Parshley as Kyle



Tyler Hisel's screenplay for The Trees (later to become Dark Was the Night) was included in the 2009 Hollywood Blacklist (the annual list of the top 100 screenplays).[4]

The film is loosely based on the real-life events that unfolded in Topsham, England in 1855, known as The Devil's Footprints. The small town woke to find freshly fallen snow and biped hoof prints tracing the landscape. Dark Was the Night is said to tell the story of a present-day community's reaction to a similar event.[5]


Jack Heller is directing, and the film is said to include a “never-before-seen monster,” [2] drawn from various pieces of American folklore.[5]

Production started in February 2012, filming in Southampton, New York.[6]

External links[edit]

Dark Was the Night at the Internet Movie Database


  1. ^ Kit, Borys (February 17, 2012). "Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas to Star in 'Dark Was the Night'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Chitwood, Adam (February 17, 2012). "Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas Star in DARK WAS THE NIGHT". Collider. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ Brooks, Brian (February 17, 2012). "Kevin Durand And Lukas Haas Set For ‘Dark Was The Night’". Deadline. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/set-visit-preview-dark-was-the-night-starring-lukas-haas-and-kevin-durand
  5. ^ a b http://bloody-disgusting.com/editorials/28715/special-report-a-sneak-peek-at-our-trip-to-southampton-for-dark-was-the-night/
  6. ^ Brooks, Brian (February 22, 2012). "Bianca Kajlich Takes Female Lead In Thriller ‘Dark Was The Night’". Deadline. Retrieved August 30, 2012.