THE LONG NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW
A lot of things can ruin a romantic couple’s getaway weekend: Anxiety from the deep seclusion, personal injury through your own awkward clumsiness, or having the same old fight with your guy or gal. The worst though would have to be a cult gathering in the front lawn in the middle of the night chanting a prophecy of impending doom all garbed in robes and antlered masks. Director Rich Ragsdale and everyone’s favourite horror streaming service Shudder presents The Long Night. Grace s (Scout Taylor-Compton) a foster kid who never knew her biological mom and dad has just been contacted by a mysterious stranger who promises information about her real parents. He promises all the answers she seeks and will spill all the beans at his home in the deep dark woods. Jack (Nolan Gerard Funk) sees it as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone with a possible family reunion and an absolutely sexy time getaway with this bae. The vacation takes a bizarre turn when Wayne (Jeff Fahey) shows up at the promising location demanding to know what this couple is doing trespassing on private property. Tensions climb even higher when hooded figures surround and invade the premises. Grace, Jack, and Wayne set aside their confusion and paranoia in order to Survive The Long Night. Bradly, Lewayne, Rae, and Jordan hunker down and discuss the best way to survive a home invasion, the baggage of tropes that squat on the genre, and the overall greatness of Jeff Fahey.
DIRECTED BY: Rich Ragsdale
STARRING: Scout Taylor-Compton, Nolan Gerard Funk, Jeff Fahey, Deborah Kara Unger, Erika Stasiuleviciute, Scott Daniel, Wendy Oates, Kevin Ragsdale, Justin Paitsel, Bobby Davis, Russ Gladden
Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)
Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)
You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
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