SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE: The Long Night (2022)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally on the site on February 4, 2022. It’s now streaming on Shudder.

While searching for the parents she’s never known, Grace (Scout Taylor-Compton, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) has come back home to the south with her boyfriend Jack (Nolan Gerard Funk) to track down a clue as to where her family may have disappeared to.

But you know what I always say about never going home again? Well, when your home has an apocalyptic cult in it, maybe Grace should have stayed in New York.

Originally called The Coven, this story starts with Mr. Caldwell inviting the couple to his home and offering to share his research into where they’ve gone. But when Grace and Jack get there, he’s nowhere to be found. There’s a big snake in the kitchen, as Grace soon painfully discovers.

And then the car won’t start, leaving them stranded.

And then Mr. Caldwell’s brother Wayne (Jeff Fahey) shows up as a surprise.

And then there’s that cult that worships Uktena, who just might be involved quite intimately in Grace’s past, led by The Master (Deborah Kara Unger from the Silent Hill movies).

For a movie that starts out very cabin in the woods come back home to unearth dark secrets, this shifts into cosmic horror before it’s done, which is a nice surprise. Writers Robert Sheppe and Mark Young have created an interesting tale for director Richard Ragsdale, who has directed several music videos (The Sword “Cloak of Feathers,” Chevelle “Door to Door Cannibals”) and has also composed the music for several movies and video games.

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