Night of the Wild (2015) – Jim Morazzini


WTF happened to Eric Red? I mean seriously how does somebody go from writing classics like Near Dark and The Hitcher to directing interesting if flawed films like Cohen and Tate and Body Parts to being the director of a film from The Asylum that goes straight to SyFy and gets a 2.8 rating on IMDB? And honestly, that’s a generous rating…

The film opens with horrible CGI of a meteor heading towards earth, it’s part of a meteor shower that leaves glowing green rocks all over the place. These meteorites make the local animals or at least the dogs attack any humans they see. And here we run into one of the film’s many problems, its very muddled script. We see what appears to be cows acting oddly and making a weird kind of mooing, are they sensing hostile dogs or getting ready to attack the farmers. The same with a herd of cats discovered in a tree by some passing girls. It cuts away as they find them so we’re not sure if they were waiting to attack or hiding from the dogs.  Other plot holes include a dog that’s immune to whatever is going on, it’s speculated that it’s due to it’s deafness but it still comes when it’s owner shouts. Red didn’t write this one, he only directed it so it’s not fair to give him all the blame but one would expect that he’d notice things like this and have them taken care of.

The plot, such as it is deals with members of a family struggling to find each other and escape from town before being made into dog chow. There is the odd bit of suspense generated along the way and some nice bits of blood from some of the attacks. Unlike many Asylum films Night of the Wild used real dogs and practical effects, but several attacks are ruined by sloppy camerawork and editing. In more than one it’s obvious the actor is holding the dog to them and pretending to be attacked. In another it’s obvious the baseball bat is missing the dog it’s supposed to be beating. A bit of judicious editing could have avoided this. And as director this is his fault, and it’s pretty sad to see him make such a rookie mistake.

This could have been at least a decent time waster along the lines of other SyFy films or one of their actually good films like MegaShark vs Giant Octopus or Frankenfish. And with somebody with Eric Red’s track record in the director’s chair it should have been. Instead it’s sub par even by these low standards.