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6 Degrees Entertainment

(Shelby Young, Chloe Bridges, Mitch Hewer, Taylor Murphy, Carter Jenkins, et al / DVD / R / 2015 / LGF)

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

DVD Verdict: Directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, 'Nightlight' is your typical pretty people in peril horror. A group of teens journey into the dark Covington forest that holds a certain past for troubled youths. One of the teens, Robin (Shelby Young) reluctantly joins the group out of peer pressure and a boy crush. Soon enough their plans go haywire when they awaken a demonic presence that take hold of their deepest fears.

In truth, 'Nightlight' - shot in the style of "found footage" - probably would've worked if it had come out about 15 years ago at the height of 'The Blair Witch Project' popularity, but it just doesn't work anymore today. People want to see what's going on, people want to see what horrifying presence they're dealing with or what's at hand. I mean, having a camera look at the ground because the character is running or focusing on someplace else, only annoys the hell out of us!

The characters seem terrified, but we don't feel the same impact because we can't see what it is that's terrorizing them. In some horror movies, less is more works, in some horror movies, you can do enough damage by not being graphic or too visual about it. But when you're dealing with something like 'Nightlight,' where everything is already set in the dark, making things even more invisible makes for a not so fun horror-watching experience. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Audio Commentaries with Writers/Directors Scott beck and Bryan Woods and Producer Darren Brandt
Nightlight Behind the Scenes
Deleted Scenes and Alternative Ending with Optional Commentary from Writers/Directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods