You’ll be praying for check out time this April, as Vertigo Releasing announces the arrival of the acclaimed hotel-set chiller The Night.
Described by ROGEREBERT.COM as a “remarkable evocation of Kubrickian horror”, The Night is an outstanding debut feature from Iranian American writer/director Kourosh Ahari, featuring fantastic lead performances from Shahab Hosseini (Cannes and Berlin Film Festival winner for The Salesman and A Separation), and Niousha Noor (Here and Now), as a beleaguered couple haunted by the past. Set over a long dark night of the soul, the film is superbly mounted, with a nerve-jangling soundtrack and a slow-building sense of dread – managing to combine a sensitive look at the immigrant experience in the US with some genuinely shattering horror moments.
Take a look at the trailer in the player below:
Vertigo Releasing has unveiled more details of the upcoming release and winner of the Jury Prize at the 2020 Molins Film Festival in Barcelona, the film also screened at the Sitges, Santa Barbara, and Nightstream film festivals last year. The film recalls recent outstanding chillers His House and The Vigil, Iranian horror favourite Under The Shadow, and Turkish cult frightener Baskin.
The synopsis for The Night reads:
After a night out with friends, an exhausted married couple Babak (Shahab Hosseini) and Neda (Niousha Noor) and their baby take shelter in the grand but eerie Hotel Normandie. Throughout a seemingly endless night, mysterious disturbances ruin their nights rest as Babak and Neda soon realise they’re locked in with a malevolent force that hungers for the dark secrets they’ve kept for one another.
Directed by Kourosh Ahari, The Night is set for release in the UK 2nd April 2021 distributed by Vertigo.