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Evil never sleeps’

Nightshade is a 2022 American horror film about a homicide detective’s disturbing dreams that reveal parallels to an ongoing investigation… he must do whatever it takes to discover his connection to the brutal killings.

Directed by Landon Williams from a screenplay co-written by Sarah Smith-Williams.

The Primitive Mind Productions-Audacious Dreamer Productions-Blue Bow Tie Productions movie stars Dina Meyer, Jason Patric, Lou Ferrigno Jr., James Duval, Tim Russ, B.J. Britt, Kenzie Dalton and Eryn Rea.


Homicide Detective Ben Hays (Lou Ferrigno Jr.) has tried everything to cure his insomnia, but nothing works. To make matters worse, Ben and his partner, Detective Beckett (B.J. Britt), are hitting dead ends while investigating the murder of Randy Bell (Jason Patric).

Ben reluctantly agrees to see psychiatrist Doctor Collins (Dina Meyer), who convinces him to try hypnotherapy. But as Ben’s sessions continue, so do the murders, and he begins sleepwalking and having haunting nightmares that reveal disturbing parallels to the crimes.


Ben struggles to explain himself to his wife, Lucy (Kenzie Dalton), and Beckett, who knows something is wrong with his troubled partner. Sleep-deprived and desperate for answers, Ben must race against the clock to discover the cause of his afflictions, the identity of the killer, and above all, his shocking connection to the victims…


Nightshade tried to take an old story and mold it into something new and original but, in the end, the story never managed to catch our attention. This is also largely due to the one-dimensional characters that made it impossible to care about anything that was happening on screen.” Horror Facts

“Co-writer/director Landon Williams throws in some curveballs, tries to throw the audience off the scent and I’ll admit that he did have me questioning my own assumptions about where Nightshade was headed, with a brilliant play on the shrink/patient dynamic that almost, almost, had me fooled. Visually Nightshade looks stunning…” Nerdly

Cast and characters:

Dina Meyer … Doctor Amy Collins
Jason Patric … Randy Bell
Lou Ferrigno Jr. … Detective Ben Hays
James Duval … Officer Camello
Tim Russ … Captain Burns
B.J. Britt … Detective Beckett
Kenzie Dalton … Lucy Hays
Eryn Rea … Elizabeth Bell
Jaime Gallagher … Dawn
Josie M. Parker … Young Lucy
Madison Russ … Jade
Chris Levine … Officer Price
Nick Sarando … Carlos (as Nicholas Sarando)
Thyme Lewis … Agent Haskins
Robert H. Lambert … Dead Guy in Car
Alexander Bruckner … EMT Crime Scene Officer
Casey Krehbiel … Crime Scene Commander
Bidkar Ramos … Coroner
Emily Dane … Paramedic
Alex Salem … Paramedic
Sean Patrick Gallagher … Officer Pay
Steve Lane … Crime Scene Homicide Officer
Sabra Binder … Midnight Jogger
Spade Schumacher … Coroner
Marc Williams … Dead Guy in Pool
Aladdin Ishmael … Neighbor
Bryanna Gallaway … Crime Scene Supervisor

Technical details:

1 hour 30 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.00:1

Working title:

Black Nightshade


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