NIGHTLIGHT (2015) Reviews and overview


‘Five friends. One game. Zero chance of survival’

Nightlight is a 2015 American supernatural found footage horror film written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (Haunt; A Quiet PlaceThe Bride Wore Blood). It stars Shelby Young, Carter Jenkins, and Chloe Bridges.

For years, the Covington forest has been shrouded in mystery, with a dark past as a final destination for troubled youths.

Undeterred by the news of a classmate who recently took his life in those woods, five teens journey into the forest for an evening of flashlight games and ghost stories. However, their plans go awry when the friends awaken a demonic presence, an unseen evil that will seize upon their deepest fears-and plunge them into a nightmare of absolute terror…

Nightlight is released on DVD in the UK by High Fliers on 30 April 2018.

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“The directors choose to leave a lot of the film up to the audience’s imagination, and Nightlight really benefits from it. Questions are left unanswered, but not in a manner that feels unsatisfying or cheap. At 83 minutes, the film feels very brisk, and really flies by. It certainly doesn’t reinvent the genre, but Nightlight tries some interesting technique and provides some found footage fun…” Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher

Nightlight is far from a complete disappointment, even with its gimmicky presentation excused.  Divide a line through the “found footage” pile and Nightlight can still have a spot somewhere near the bottom of the top half as decently intentioned and executed well enough to a point.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“Ok, the plot and setting aren’t unfamiliar, but the dalliances and successive toying with established horror tropes, the all too familiar sounds of distant, tortured souls in the forest, and jarringly brief images of hooded demons (which are just conventional enough to elicit the correct response from the deepest, darkest depths of your imagination, but simple enough to look seamless, and utterly convincing) culminate in an all-around decent, and satisfying horror…” Cut Print Film

“The film feels like it is aiming for something that also unbuckled Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) in leaving you questioning whether what the camera sees is real or not. However, this ends up with a second half where the narrative is disjunct and it is not at all clear why things are happening.” Richard Scheib, Moria

“Overall, Nightlight is a taut horror movie packed with some incredible scares and serves as a real treat for genre fans. The performances may not offer anything beyond expectations nor does the POV aspect add anything new but it does come with a few surprises along the way that will remind you to always keep stock of replacement batteries.” Jon Dickinson, Scream magazine

“Anyone with a Handycam and access to some large, sprawling wildlife reserve could recreate almost every single scene, as long as they can find some actors who can convincingly run away from blank nothingness. Being alone in the dark sucks, and being trapped in a dark forest alone sucks even more, but somehow Nightlight wastes this inherently skin-crawling setup on yet another mindless, first-person rollercoaster ride…” Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

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Nightlight was released theatrically in the United States by Lionsgate on March 27, 2015, followed by a DVD release on May 26, 2015.

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