Director: Adam Graveley
Cast: Jesse McGinn, Robert Hartburn, Bruce Denny
Production Company: 2D Films
Runtime: 72 minutes
There’s no place like home, until it’s been invaded by a stranger. Then, it becomes a potential death trap. Even under the worst of circumstances, people hesitate to leave their homes. Director Adam Graveley investigates this theory in 3rd Night (2017), his first feature film.
In the movie, a young couple decide to leave behind the busy modern world for a fruit orchard in an isolated part of Australia. Once there, they are stalked by someone who remains unseen. Cryptic notes foretell of the sinister madness to come…
The movie is loosely based on a news story Graveley read about a family that was terrorized by an unknown watcher. He has obviously dramatized the story and added a lot of elements to make it fit better with the location he chose for this film.
Isolation is a theme that’s been explored in a lot of horror movies and it’s put to good use here as well. The characters aren’t necessarily trapped like those in The Shining (1980), but there’s nothing else around for miles, and they don’t believe it’s serious enough to leave until things escalate.
3rd Night shares some similarities with The Strangers (2008) and Dead House (2014), both of which are home invasion movies. There are also moments that will definitely make you think of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
The main story is neatly divided into three sections based on each night at the location. The tension builds from one night to the next as events become more serious. There’s a fourth section that wraps things up and provides some surprises as well.
Graveley effectively uses neutral tones and muted sound to drive home one of the most horrific moments in the movie. He also provides some compelling misleads that keep us guessing. You won’t really know what’s going on until the final scenes.
Jesse McGinn gives a fine performance as Meagan Reid, who’s plight is complicated by pregnancy. Robert Hartburn from The Unhallowed (2017) plays Jonathan Reid, a character who deeply wants to believe that his new home is free of trouble.
Adam Graveley’s 3rd Night smoulders eerily towards its fateful conclusion. Don’t forget to lock your doors before watching…
– John Migliore
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