NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE (2014) Reviews and overview

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‘Don’t forget your rubbers… and bazooka’
Night of Something Strange is 2014 American horror film written and directed by Jonathan Straiton from a story co-written with executive producer Ron Bonk (House Shark; Gut Pile, Sexquatch: The Legend of Blood Stool Creek).

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The movie stars Brinke Stevens (Nightmare Sisters, Cheerleader Massacre, Carmilla: The Lesbian Vampire), Nicola Fiore, Kera O’Bryon, Janet Mayson, Kirk LaSalle, Wayne W. Johnson, Michael Merchant, Toni Ann Gambale, Billy Garberina, Brett Janeski, Wes Reid, Rebecca C. Kasek, Trey Harrison, Tarrance Taylor, Alexis Katherine.

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Teenage friends out for beach week get unexpectedly detoured to a creepy motel where a deadly carnally-transmitted virus now runs rampant, turning those infected into the living dead…

Reviews:
“Body fluids of every description, vomit-filled toilet bowls, bloodstained tampons and condoms plus talking vagina dentata and absurd prosthetic penises all vie for comedy space amidst the zombie mayhem of this one. Despite all that, this one feels a lot too amateurish for much of it to work, and there are plenty of opportunities for comedy that are sadly missed.” House of Mortal Cinema

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“The production values are brilliant for a film this low budget, and its energy is – like the monsters on screen – infectious. It doesn’t quite hit the mark as highly as something like Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive, or even Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever (both of which it is reminiscent of at times). But if you’re a fan of either of those films, you’ll have a good time…” Scream magazine

” …this film continually surprised me by zigging when you think it’s going to zag. The film pays homage to some of the classics all the while creating something new. For instance, the hotel turns out to be something wholly unexpected, because hey, why the heck not? To top it off, we get a shockingly awesome hero with some hilariously badass one-liners.” Geeks of Doom

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“From the visual gags to the instantly quotable one-liners, Night of Something Strange is extremely fun and hilarious if it’s your brand of humor. Furthermore, when the humor bleeds (literally or figuratively) into the FX side of the film…” Fangoria

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Night of Something Strange has little aspiration to be anything but vulgar, disgusting and amusing, and it does succeed there – but your tolerance for almost offensively basic characters, stilted acting and sexual assault as comedy will need to be high if you’re going to have fun with the degenerate onslaught it presents.” Dread Central

“As the zombies mutate even further later in the flick, their genitalia transforming into lethal weapons, they become reminiscent of the ‘sickos’ in Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse segment, Planet Terror, and, along with the laughs and outlandish action, the film even manages to pack in some well-crafted scares and some intense sequences.” UK Horror Scene

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Choice dialogue:
“This is the worst Spring Break. Ever!”

Release:
The movie was released on November 22nd 2016 on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, GooglePlay and Vimeo on Demand. It is now available free-to-view on YouTube.

Film Facts:

The movie was written in 2009 as Night of the STD’s. Due to post-production fixes and budget constraints, the film took almost four years to complete.

Cast and characters:
Trey Harrison … Dirk
Rebecca C. Kasek … Christine
Wayne W. Johnson … Cornelius
Michael Merchant … Freddy
Toni Ann Gambale … Carrie
Nicola Fiore … Pam
John Walsh … Jason
Janet Mayson … Betty
Tarrence Taylor … Brooklyn
Kera O’Bryon … Sue
Wes Reid … Eugene
Billy Garberina … Woody
Al Lawler … Sunny
Kirk LaSalle … The Mailman
David B. Meadows … Officer

Filming locations:
Stephens City, Virginia
Syracuse, New York