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USA 2010
produced by
Wes Sullivan for Treehouse Pictures
directed by Wes Sullivan
starring Zach Galligan, Apesanahkwat, Audra Wise, Robert Miano, Sonny Skyhawk, Billy Daydodge, Donn Angelos, Holly Wilson, Patty Toy, Chad Trager, Kevin Glashan, Lloyd Kaufman
written by Wes Sullivan, music by Jason Solowsky, creature designed by Barry Atkinson, special makeup effects by Ozzy Alvarez, Tamami Ito


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Charles (Zach Galligan) takes his son Tim (Chad Trager) on a trip to his cabin in the woods, since he feels the need to teach the boy hunting and to bond with him since Tim lives with Charles's estranged ex-wife (Holly Wilson). However, some kind of bear seems to be prowling the countryside, and he breaks into Charles's cabin once when he's out ... and a few days later, people turn up brutally slaughtered. All evidence points to "the bear" - thing is, it might not be a mere bear ...

It doesn't take Charles long to notice whatever's going on is not entirely the ordinary way of things - but he has heard some Indian legends that would tie in with what's happening, so he and Tim visit the local Indian tribe, to learn that their chieftain (Sonny Skyhawk) has struck a deal with "the Ancient Ones" - Bigfoot-like beasts - that they leave their land in peace in exchange for a human sacrifice every now and again ... but now that the Ancient Ones have grown in numbers pretty much under the protection of the tribe, they decide to strike, and the chieftain is very adamant to keep all non-members of the tribe off his village to not provoke the beasts. Fortunately, the tribe's new shaman Freebird (Apesanahkwat) is less of a coward and turncoat ... and somehow, Charles, Tim, Freebird, the sheriff (Donn Angelos), his deputy (Kevin Glashan), and for some reason even Tim's ex-wife end up in his hunting cabin that's surrounded by Ancient Ones, and our heroic motley crew has little to no idea who to defeat them ...


Now Nightbeasts is most certainly not the best movie ever, probably not even a monstermovie classic - but in all honesty, it hasn't set out to be. What you get instead though is a very enjoyable piece of genre entertainment. Sure, the film might be formulaic and testosterone-driven, but it's also light-footed in approach, features its fair share of irony without ever becoming a mere spoof, fun monster costumes that are charmingly reminiscent of pre-CGI monster entertainment, practical gore effects, gunfights, carchases and whatnot. To sum it up in a word: Fun!


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