The Long Night

Featured In Issue 260, March/April 2022

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Well Go USA
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In "The Long Night," while searching for the parents she's never known, New York transplant Grace (Scout Taylor-Compton) returns to her childhood southern stomping grounds with her boyfriend (Nolan Gerard Funk) to investigate a promising lead on her family's whereabouts. Upon arrival, the couple;s weekend takes a bizarre, terrifying turn as a nightmarish cult and their maniacal leader terrorize the pair en route to fulfilling a twisted ancient apocalyptic prophecy. (Gary Reber)

Special features include "The Loop-Short Film" (HD 07:40), the featurettes "The Birthing"05:44) (HD ), "The Look Of The Long Night" (HD 05:59) and "Composing The Score" (HD 06:41), trailer and upfront previews.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is generally pleasing for a low budget production. Color fidelity is natually hued throughout, Flesh tones are naturally rendered. Contrast is realistic with decent black levels and shadow delineation. Resolution is bit soft though closeups exhibits better definition. Overall this is a fundamentally mediocre presentation with stylized elements. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is music dominant with a powerful bass-driven score that is definitely cree[y. Deep bass extends to sub-25 Hz. The orchestral/choral music aggressively wraps around to the surrounds for an enveloping soundfield experience. Natural dialogue breaks through with generally good spatial integration. Sound effects punch through to increase the sense of pending all-out terror. Atmospherics are subtle as well as Foley sound effects. Overall, this is a serviceable holosonic® soundtrack that delivers moments of terror. (Gary Reber)