Dark Was the Night (film)

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Dark Was the Night
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
Distributed by Image Entertainment[1]
Country U.S.
Language English

Dark Was the Night is a 2014 thriller film directed and produced by Jack Heller, and written by Tyler Hisel. It stars Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas and Bianca Kajlich.[2]


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,[3] and the town's only hope is their local sheriff (Durand) and his trusted deputy (Haas).[4]




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).[5] 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.[6]


Jack Heller directed, and the film is said to include a "never-before-seen monster",[3] drawn from various pieces of American folklore.[6]

Production started in February 2012, filming in Southampton, New York.[7]


Dark Was the Night was released in theaters on July 24, 2015 through Image Entertainment.[8]


Critical reception for Dark Was the Night has been mixed and as of September 2, 2015, the film holds a rating of 41% on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 17 reviews) and 40 on Metacritic (based on 10 reviews).[9][10] Crave Online rated the film favorably, praising the film's direction and Durand's acting.[11]


  1. ^ http://deadline.com/2015/01/dark-was-the-night-uncertain-terms-film-sales-1201359847/
  2. ^ Kit, Borys (February 17, 2012). "Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas to Star in 'Dark Was the Night'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Chitwood, Adam (February 17, 2012). "Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas Star in DARK WAS THE NIGHT". Collider. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ Brooks, Brian (February 17, 2012). "Kevin Durand And Lukas Haas Set For ‘Dark Was The Night’". Deadline. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Walkuski, Eric. "SET VISIT PREVIEW: DARK WAS THE NIGHT, STARRING KEVIN DURAND AND LUKAS HAAS". JoBlo.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Dickson, Evan. "[Special Report] A Sneak Peek At Our Trip To Southampton For ‘Dark Was The Night’!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Brooks, Brian (February 22, 2012). "Bianca Kajlich Takes Female Lead In Thriller ‘Dark Was The Night’". Deadline. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "First Official Look At ‘Dark Was the Night’". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "DARK WAS THE NIGHT (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Dark Was the Night". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Topel, Fred. "Screamfest 2014 Review: ‘Dark Was the Night’". Crave Online. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 

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