THE NIGHT (2020) Reviews of Iranian-US hotel horror

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‘It never ends’

The Night is a 2020 horror feature film about an Iranian husband, wife and their child that become trapped inside an American hotel. Insidious events force them to face the secrets that have come between them and the night never ends…

Directed and edited by Kourosh Ahari (Generations; Yellow Wallpaper) from a screenplay co-written with Milad Jarmooz, based on the latter’s storyline, the movie stars Shahab Hosseini, Niousha Jafarian, Leah Oganyan and George Maguire.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Together Ahari and Jarmooz deliver a tense plot, although the mythos leaves a bit to be desired […] Luckily the focus is more on the secrets and ghostly manifestations of those secrets, which makes it easier to overlook some of the flaws. The suspenseful film is helped by great performances from Hosseini and Jafarian, as well as the creepy hotel setting.” The Blogging Banshee!

“While The Night never reaches the dizzying heights of The Shining, a movie that’s even half as good as Kubrick’s is still a great film, and Ahari’s directorial outing is surely that. As cerebral and mind-bending as they come, The Night is a disturbing trip into the surreal, the unknown and the frighteningly real.” Clapper

” …though the secrets themselves are actually shocking for the characters, they’re unfortunately a little too predictable for genre enthusiasts and more attentive viewers. Despite this, however, the performances from Shahab Hosseini and Kathreen Khavari are truly powerful and the atmosphere and pacing is very well-executed, with an ending sure to leave audiences’ jaw dropped.” Coming Soon

“You don’t need a crazy effects budget to tell a story that relies on suspense and atmosphere, as so much of this story does. Between the events occurring throughout the night to seeing Babak and Neda’s increasingly tense reactions, it’s easy to find yourself in the same headspace as these characters: frightened, confused, and with no idea how the situation will resolve.” Daily Dead

“Wow. This movie has kept us up at night still thinking about what happened and what it all means, not to mention we’re keeping all the lights on. The psychological thriller is full of suspense and is guaranteed to make you jump.” Edhat

“It never veers into the profane or violent really, instead crafting a masterful feeling of suspense throughout as you root for, and against, the two protagonists. Sure it slows down in between paranoia sequences but those moments, while slow, feel important as the camera/lighting/ sound all deliver on a powerful sentiment: angst.” Films Gone Wild

” …The Night evokes the pain and agony that stems from denial stronger than any film that has tried to achieve it since. Unbeknownst to Babak and Neda, the horror hotel they’ve checked themselves into will not be letting them leave or sleep peacefully through the night. At least not until they communicate whatever dark secret they are hiding from each other.” Horror Obsessive

The Night is an outstanding debut from Ahari, a stylish and substantial thriller that features both beautiful imagery and a compelling, intelligently structured story that draws you in and holds on to you until the very end. Destined to be a festival favorite, one can only hope that an indie distributor picks this film up and it reaches the audiences it so richly deserves.” The Independent Critic

“Ahari and co-screenwriter Milad Jarmooz will not shock experienced genre fans with their third act revelations, but they should definitely be impressed by the eerily entrancing look and vibe of the film. Indeed, the ominously striking work of cinematographer Maz Makhani transcends category and provides the bedrock foundation of every scary moment. Very highly recommended…” J.B. Spins

“This film is all atmosphere. All dark rooms and shadows. All about not being able to leave. Things flitting about. Strange noises. All adding up to get your heart racing and stomach in a knot. A bit like pulling a loose thread on a sweater, the story unravels here a bit at a time…” OrcaSound

“Beautifully lush cinematography (including some early haunting POV shots) props up the richness of The Night. The score adds a layer or jarring dread that is simply gorgeous. While the script skillfully utilizes a number of classic tropes, it is also stacked with a multitude of original imagery that unnerves the viewer from the very beginning. I was thrown for a loop more times than I can count.” Reel News Daily

“Though I could more or less guess every twist prior to them materializing onscreen, Ahari’s picture still managed to unnerve me with its remarkable evocation of Kubrickian horror, an aesthetic that has eluded countless imitators, including last year’s Doctor Sleep.” RogerEbert.com

“The director, Ahari, handles this movie like a magic trick. Revealing just enough information with narrative sleights-of-hand, sometimes giving you two important pieces of information at once. It isn’t until you unravel one of the puzzles until you understand the significant of the curious details from an earlier scene.” The Scariest Things

“Kudos to director Kourosh Ahari for making a sweet little thriller. A creepy uneasy tale, the film uses silences and shadows to great effect. It also uses the fact that the film is a mix of English and Persian to further ratchet up the suspense […] when you get a chance to see The Night do so.” Unseen Films

” …this predominantly Farsi-language production sneaks up on viewers and delivers a knockout final act. Ahari’s impressive feature debut is sure to satisfy genre fans and has the emotional heft and classy production values to attract discerning general audiences.” Variety

Release:

The Night premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival before showings at Fajr, Sitges, Cinequest and the Nightstream film festivals.

In the USA, Mammoth Pics will release The Night theatrically and On-Demand on January 29th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Shahab Hosseini … Babak Naderi
Niousha Jafarian … Neda Naderi
Leah Oganyan … Shabnam Naderi
George Maguire … Hotel Receptionist
Gia Mora … Sara
Michael Graham … Police Officer
Elester Latham … Displaced Man
Steph Martinez … Sophia (voice)
Armin Mehr … Farhad
Hana Rahimzadeh … Mani
Sam Tarazandehpour … Barbod
Cara Fuqua … Woman in Black
Amir Ali Hosseini … Young Boy
Ali Kousheshi … Mohsen
Golbarg Khavari … Elahe
Boshra Haghighi … Woman in Black
Lily V.K. … Sophia

Technical details:

105 minutes

Original title:

An Shab

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