Take Back the Night is a 2021 American horror film about a young woman who is attacked by a monster but no one believes her.
Directed and photographed by Gia Elliot [as Gia Vangieri] from a screenplay co-written with Emma Fitzpatrick. Produced by Gia Elliot [as Gia Vangieri], Emma Fitzpatrick, Kwanza Gooden and Jessica L Mosley. Executive produced by Marcus Dunstan and Tony Sgro.
The movie stars Emma Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Lafleur, Angela Gulner, Sibongile Mlambo, Jess Varley and Chelsea Harris.
Finding herself the victim of a violent monster attack, Jane (Emma Fitzpatrick) launches a vigilante campaign to hunt the beast that tried to kill her. Jane’s efforts intensify, but her troubling history of drug use and mental illness bubbles to the surface causing her family, community, and authorities to question the authenticity of her account.
Suddenly alone in her fight, Jane starts to doubt her own memory of the attack… to doubt if Monster exists at all…
“Co-writer and director Gia Elliot creates a not-so-thinly veiled allegory for sexual assault survivors and their post-assault trauma. It’s when the story focuses solely on Jane where the film is at its most interesting. Rough creature VFX and design and some third act choices are detracting.” Bloody Disgusting
“The cast is very good throughout, but Fitzpatrick carries the bulk of the film on her shoulders in fine fashion, infusing Jane with a strong, defiant attitude toward both authority and the thing that savagely attacked her. Elliot, who co-wrote the screenplay with Fitzpatrick, directs with verve and balances the horror and social commentary well.” Horror Fuel
“Despite being created with the best of intentions, the film fails to deliver to its full potential but does provide many great notes. The acting could use improvement; it definitely took away from the greater themes which Elliot skillfully weaves. Utilizing a shadow creature demon as a physical metaphor for a sexual assault is smart writing […]I really wanted to love Take Back the Night, but the execution felt short.” Josh at the Movies
” …Take Back the Night reflects on the horrors of being attacked by a monster before, during, and after the event. This is a make-a-statement horror movie on a minuscule budget that is fighting well above its weight class, thanks to some standout acting performances and emotional resonance […] The micro-budget becomes evident with the special effects. It helps that the monster is a ropey and shadowy thing.” The Scariest Things
Cast and characters:
Emma Fitzpatrick … Jane
Jennifer Lafleur … The Detective
Angela Gulner … The Sister
Sibongile Mlambo … The Reporter
Jess Varley … The Fan
Chelsea Harris … Thelma
Shawn M. Richardz … The Professor
Natalie D’Amico … The Young Wife