‘From dusk till gone’
The Dead of Night is a 2020 American thriller feature film about a pair of siblings being terrorised and hunted by a pair of nomadic killers.
Written and directed by Robert Dean, the Buffalo 8 Productions-PRC Productions movie stars Lance Henriksen, Matthew Lawrence, Ellen Gerstein and Darius Homayoun.
Violent masked drifters dressed as wolves arrive in a small rural town, a local young couple goes missing and their bodies are discovered near a ranch run by brother and sister, Tommy (Jake Etheridge) and June (Colby Crain). Her ex-boyfriend and local deputy sheriff Luke (Matthew Lawrence) start suspecting Tommy of murder, leaving the siblings ostracised and disenchanted with the community.
The next day Tommy catches the killers committing another murder nearby and moves in closer to investigate but he is spotted by one of the drifters and chased across the ranch running for his life. Isolated, the siblings find themselves being hunted and terrorised by the nomadic killers setting the scene for a startling twist and a gruesome outcome that will change the town forever…
VMI Worldwide is representing The Dead of Night at the 2020 Virtual Cannes market.
Writer/director Robert Dean commented: “The Dead of Night takes the audiences into the dark side of “no man’s land” – the desolate high desert of New Mexico. Not many people know this film is based on a childhood fear of mine. There is something about growing up on an isolated ranch that truly inspired yet frightened me at the same time.
Rural America is a strange crossroads where recluses, drifters, and outlaws like to dwell. It’s eerie out there – being in the middle of nowhere, especially at night. These feelings are what spawned The Dead of Night. I couldn’t be prouder of this film and every single individual that believed and helped bring this vision to life.”
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Cast and characters:
• Lance Henriksen … Earl
• Matthew Lawrence … Deputy Luke Walker
• Ellen Gerstein … Nana
• Darius Homayoun … Colt Skeen
• Boots Southerland … Ronnie
• Jake Etheridge … Tommy
• Colby Crain … June
• Merritt C. Glover … Beth
• Leah Bezozo … Amber
• Charlotte McKee … Maddie Hall
• Chris Ranney … Chris
• Mark Speno … Richard Hall
• Tim Stafford … Tate
• Marla Robison … Rachel
• Brian Patrick Buckley … Jimmy Ray
• Albuquerque, New Mexico