Nightlight (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | R | Horror, Thriller
85 minutes /

User Score: 62/100

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Nightlight Review


Five friends play a game in a ''mysterious'' forest with a long history as a beacon for troubled young people contemplating suicide.

Nightlight (2015) is an American supernatural thriller film; filmed in Thousand Oaks, California, USA and several locations in Utah, USA. Writers and directors Scott Beck (The Bride Wore Blood (2006), Yearbook (2002), University Heights (2004)) and Bryan Woods (Her Summer (2004), The Bride Wore Blood (2006), Yearbook (2002)) have worked together and worked alone. The movie contains sexual content, bad language, violence, suspense, forest, ghost story, woods, mystery killer, secrets, high school, teenagers, gore, murder, and demons.

Nightlight revolves around five friends venturing into a mysterious forest named Covington Forest to have a night filled with the fun of flashlight games and ghost stories. The five friends did not expect to encounter the deadly experience they did in the woods - all because they disturbed a demonic presence. The demonic entity had a reputation to make young people commit suicide. The teens should have known better because one of their classmates took his life in the same woods they decided to have fun. The five teens are not scared until their deepest fear haunts them. It is said that if you carve your name in a tree in the woods, then the spirits, or demonic entity will kill you, did one of the five teens carve their name in a tree? Forgot to mention, there is also a church that no one is allowed to enter because it is said that the evil, angry spirit resides there. These kids are bad news and are seeking trouble as they defile a few graves, have an orgy and few other things that lead them to be possessed and dying one by one.

The movie is not straightforward, and I am not sure of what to make with the supernatural forces - was the supernatural force, Robin’s dead friend spirit seeking revenge or was it something/someone else? The movie started out okay, but soon my thoughts changed as it progressed because it had too many predictable moments, jump scares, and shaky hand camera action that made me dazed out. There were too many things that happened without any explanation. I did see that the directors put an unusual amount of effort into this movie because a few scenes were efficient and had minor potential. The movie overall feels like the directors took a whole bunch of things and threw them together to make a film, yes I mentioned it had potential, but that is possible potential to a point. This movie is not made for serious horror fans because it does not make much sense and the scares are meant for kids as adults should not be scared easily by the creepy factors in this film.

About Nightlight 2015

Title: Nightlight
Year: 2015
Runtime: 85 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.05/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Taylor Murphy, Shelby Young, Chloe Bridges, Carter Jenkins, Mitch Hewer, Taylor Ashley Murphy, Kyle Fain, Natalie Winters, Russell Nunley
Writers: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods
Director: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods