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Nightlight (2015)

For years, the Covington forest has been shrouded in mystery, with a dark past as a final destination for troubled youths. Undeterred by the news of a classmate who recently took his life in those woods, five teens journey into the forest for an evening of flashlight games and ghost stories. But their plans go awry when the friends awaken a demonic presence, an unseen evil that will seize upon their deepest fears-and plunge them into a nightmare of absolute terror.

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  • rudism

    Well, it was recommended to me by a couple podcast hosts that I might have an interesting opinion on this movie so I gave it a watch this weekend. I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about the film.

    I was thoroughly confused. Why was there a camera in the flashlight? Do they know there’s a camera? Is it a hidden spy-cam? How does it stay upright the whole time? It made no sense! And then the “reveal” at the end was a literal out-loud WTF moment for me. I think I understand it now. But not really. Meh.

    I thought the film was relatively well done, aside from the super confusing and not-at-all-explained premise for filming (which I guess ended up not being filming at all). You’ll especially like it if you enjoy jump scares, because that’s what this one is all about. Also, turn your sub woofers down because it makes liberal use of deep bass rumbling. Something blurry moves through the trees in the distance? DEEP BASS RUMBLE! A light turns on unexpectedly? DEEP BASS RUMBLE! Someone sneezes off-screen? DEEP BASS RUMBLE! You get the idea. I’ve noticed the use of bass rumbling in a lot of found footage movies (though Nightlight is a particularly stand-out offender), and I’m not too sure how I feel about it. Sure, it’s not a musical score per say, but isn’t it still kind of cheating? I guess in a lot of cases I probably wouldn’t enjoy the movie quite as much without it, but it’s conflicting because it feels impure from a found footage perspective.

    • Yes, this film is a conundrum. Nightlight is touted by many to be found footage, yet there is no camera to be found. We can’t fault the film for it’s unique POV approach as the film itself doesn’t explicitly or implicitly hold itself out to be found footage per se. It’s filmed in the style of found footage, but shot from the POV of whomever is holding the flashlight. I can’t go deeper than this as my brain would implode from the endless paradox.

      Found footage aside, it’s an entertaining movie.

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