Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge (2020) reviews and overview

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Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge is a 2020 American horror feature film about a female vet with PTSD who is assigned to a case that seems supernatural.

A series of cases surrounded by urban mythology reveals that the chaos of the supernatural takes over her small town and the legend of the Nain Rouge creature arrives.

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Co-produced, directed by and co-starring Sam Logan Khaleghi from a screenplay written by Aaron Russman, based on Khaleghi’s story, the Kyyba Films production also stars Jesi Jensen, Nathan Mathers and Jerry Narsh.

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Almost entirely shot among crumbling ruins and broken pavements, the setting seemed downright post-apocalyptic. It also felt like a possible pilot for a TV series. Billie Jean is completely credulous and uncritical, jumping to the supernatural conclusion with almost no resistance […] Despite a couple of high moments, this is a turkey.” Horror Buzz

Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge walks a fine line between horror and police drama, often flitting back and forth between the genres as the story develops – before ultimately settling on the horror elements as the final third unfolds […] Thankfully, whilst the film flips and flops between genre tropes it has a core cast that holds all the elements together, none more so than Jesi Jensen, playing army vet turned cop Billie, whose performance is – beyond anything else in the movie – a true highlight.” Nerdly

“Somewhere around the hour mark Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge remembers it’s also a horror film and brings the title demon back. It doesn’t really help. It’s so poorly done it’s more laughable than scary. And having it wear a hoodie doesn’t help […] Failing as a horror film as well as a police film, Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge doesn’t have much to offer anyone.” Voices from the Balcony

Release:

Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge is now available on streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime.

Cast and characters:

  • Jesi Jensen … Billie Jean Finnick
  • Nathan Mathers … Detective Liam O’Connor
  • Sam Logan Khaleghi … Marcellus / Marcel
  • Jerry Narsh … Chief Romano
  • Swifty McVay … Mayor Flynn of Detroit
  • Grover McCants … Nightingale
  • Napolean … Museum Curator / Dr Sudhir
  • John C. Forman … Pastor Wilhem
  • Andrew Dawe-Collins … Cal
  • Ammar Nemo … Detective Sammie Alayoubi
  • Amy Andrews … Mayor Marion Devaux
  • Jay Towers … DJ Towers
  • Keyna Reynolds … Brie
  • Shelby Bradley … Wendy Winston
  • Gabrielle Wild … Candy

Technical details:

96 minutes

Trivia:

The Nain Rouge (“Red Devil” or “Red Dwarf, in French) is a Detroit based urban legend dating back to the days of one of the city’s founders, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, and a sighting of the Nain is said to predict misfortune.

  

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