Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Nightlight

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 17% (Critics) / 20% (Audience)
Directed By: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods
Written By: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods
Starring: Shelby Young, Chloe Bridges, Carter Jenkins
Studio:  Lionsgate
Synopsis: Five friends play a game in a ”mysterious” forest with a long history as a beacon for troubled young people contemplating suicide. – (Source)

The Good:
The most notable thing about NIGHTLIGHT is how the writer/director team found a novel way to get around the contrived nonsense most found footage films have to come up with to explain why people in life or death situations would continue to keep filming every second of those events.
I also have to give the movie points for creative a nicely creepy atmosphere throughout most of its running time.

The Bad:
This movie made no sense and was just bizarre for the sake of being bizarre. It didn’t know if it was a monster movie, a ghost story, a demonic possession tale, a slasher flick…it tried to be all things horror with not much success.

The Ugly:
I realize that in my old age I just don’t like teenagers because the obnoxious kids in this movie annoyed the living hell out of me just like the ones in UNFRIENDED did.

Final Verdict: A schizophrenic film that never really seemed to know what it wanted to be and ended up failing under the weight of that confusion. I do think that Beck and Woods have the potential to make a good horror film but this isn’t it.

Grade: D+

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