The Long Night
Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

The Long Night is easily of 2022’s worst

Director Rich Ragsdale reunites with Ghost House star Scout Taylor-Compton for another horror film in The Long Night from Vertical Entertainment. While searching for the parents she is never known, New York transplant Grace (Scout Taylor-Compton) returns to her childhood southern stomping grounds with her boyfriend Jack (Nolan Gerard Funk) to investigate a promising lead on her family’s whereabouts. 

 

Upon arrival, the couple’s weekend takes a bizarre, terrifying turn as a nightmarish cult and their maniacal leader terrorize the pair en route to fulfilling a twisted ancient apocalyptic prophecy.

 

Robert Sheppe and Mark Young write the script for the film, which features many horror tropes that fans of the genre will recognize. The duo opens their movie, showing us Grace and Jack in a seemingly stable relationship before cutting away to a scene later in the film. From the film’s initial opening, I thought the film would be an enjoyable romp. Sadly, The Long Night may earn its way into my worst of 2022.

 

Elements of the home invasion thriller and a world-ending demonic plot carry The Long Night. Ragsdale tries his best to keep the film together, but the script does not know its angle to take the narrative ultimately. The moments of the film that echo home invasion are tense, and I would have preferred that is the route they go for the entire movie. When the film shifted to an unnatural angle, I lost interest.

 

Scream queen Scout Taylor-Compton tries her best to make the film work, but even her presence cannot save the film from turning into pointless mumbo jumbo. In the film’s third act, when genre actress Debora Kara Unger shows up with a connection to Scout Taylor-Compton ‘s character, I no longer cared about anyone’s motivation in the film.

 

As I always say, check out the film for yourself; however, I, for one, did not like The Long Night.

 

Final Grade : D-

The Long Night is available to stream now

Movie Clappers

More to explorer

Monkey Man swings high as a combo of action and drama

Academy Award Nominee Dev Patel leaps to the action genre for his directorial debut in “Monkey Man” from Universal Pictures. Oscar Winner Jordan Peele serves as executive producer, while Patel co-writes the screenplay with Paul Angunawela and John Collee. The film takes inspiration from the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage.

The First Omen breathes new in life into a spooky franchise

The renowned horror franchise Omen has recently received a prequel titled “The First Omen” from 20th Century Studios. The film is directed by Arkasha Stevenson, who co-wrote the script with Tim Smith and Keith Thomas, and is based on a story by Ben Jacoby. In the sixth installment of the franchise, the plot revolves around Margaret Daino, portrayed by Nell Tiger Free, an American woman sent to work at an orphanage in Rome, where she discovers a sinister plot to bring forth the birth of the Antichrist. Margaret develops close relationships with Luz Valez, played by Maria Caballero, and young orphan Carlita Scianna, played by Nicole Scarce. However, when Father Brennan, portrayed by Ralph Ineson, warns Margaret of a conspiracy within the church, she begins to experience unsettling events, testing her faith and sanity.

Sting spins up an impressive horror debut

Writer & director Kiah Roache-Turner delivers a solid feature debut with “Sting” from Well Go USA. During a stormy evening in New York City, a mysterious object descends from the sky and shatters the window of a dilapidated apartment building. The object, an egg, contains within it a peculiar little spider.

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Pinterest