Darkest Night Gets it’s North American Release
For Immediate Release
October 25, 2012
Darkest Night Announces Release, Has Success at FACINE Film Fest
SAN FRANCISCO — Gothic Pictures International is happy to announce that its latest film, Darkest Night will be released in the U.S. and Canada by Midnight Releasing on March 22, 2013. The official announcement was made by Russ Williams, the executive producer, at the 19th annual Filipino Arts and Cinema, International (FACINE) Film Festival here on October 20.
Darkest Night is a horror film that combines intense family and Gothic drama with lots of suspense and scares. It had its international premiere in Manila, Philippines late in 2011. The screening at FACINE was its U.S. public premiere.
“The film was an instant hit at the FACINE festival,” Williams said. “The critics in the audience loved it.”
“Darkest Night is one hell of a film!” said Filipino-American director William T. Jones, who was in attendance during the screening.
” So proud to have premiered your film in the US. Awesome experience!” said Dr. Mauro Tumbocon Jr., the festival director.
Courtesy of Midnight Releasing, Darkest Night will have a limited theatrical run in the U.S. during March 2013, culminating with its release on DVD on March 22, according to Williams. Midnight Releasing is an American film distributor in Arizona, which specializes in releasing quality horror films.
Williams added that congratulations should not only go to him but to all members of the cast and crew who have made Darkest Night an unqualified success, including the film’s star, the Michigan- based actor DJ Perry.
The FACINE festival is open to all media artists of Filipino ancestry. Any number of entries may be submitted, regardless of genre, subject or format. Also, non-Filipino film-makers may submit works based on Filipino or Filipino-American subjects. FACINE is a nonprofit media arts organization that aims to promote and develop Filipino-American cinema. The festival has been an important showcase of independent films and videos by Filipino-American and related media artists.
Darkest Night has an almost all-Filipino cast and crew. It was filmed on location in Manila and Floridablanca, Pampanga, Philippines. The film had its public U.S. premiere at FACINE.
Gothic Pictures International, founded in November 2010 by a group of film-makers from Asia and the U.S., has chosen as its primary mission to produce and encourage quality, international Gothic and horror films in an Asian setting or with Asian ties. The film company is based in Manila and has its primary office there.
All of the theatrical trailers for the film are now posted on the Darkest Night Official Website’s home page:
For additional publicity photos, you can access the Darkest Night Facebook site:
For more information on Midnight Releasing, see their website:
Darkest Night will start appearing on their “Coming Soon” pages around January 2013.
DARKEST NIGHT is directed by Noel Tan, written by Russ Williams, and stars DJ Perry, Anne Gauthier, and Issa Litton. Check out the plot synopsis:
The film is presented as a “docu-drama” by a television announcer, Danny Valencia, produced from videotape he discovered in 2010 at the site of an unsolved crime in the Philippine Sagada Mountains. There is some news footage and a dramatization at the beginning, but most of the film is the main story.
On December 25, 2003, an upscale Filipino family gathers at a remote place in those mountains for a Christmas Day reunion dinner. It’s a happy occasion where the main character, Susan announces her marriage engagement to her boyfriend, Ken, whom she brought with her.
Suddenly, the group is cut off from civilization and plunged into darkness by forces that defy natural laws and shut down all types of modern technology. One by one, the family members die or disappear in weird and horrific ways. The few who are left, including Susan, struggle for survival and against family conflicts and demonic forces, to find out what’s “out there” and what is happening.
Finally, Susan and the few left alive must understand the cult writings in an old book, to prevail against demonic forces that threaten to consume them all. They have to understand and overcome a dark, pagan religion and the need for exorcism, as well as family secrets, in order to survive. The alternative is life in a hellish “heaven” more terrifying than death.
Suspense and mystery keep you unsettled and guessing till the very end, when the fate and outcome of all is finally revealed. This is a psychological horror film with intense Gothic family drama, suspense, action, and terror. It contains a minimum of gore, violence, and graphic special effects. There are no cliché or oft-used thrill gimmicks. The viewer is led step by step into a dark world of sinister and fantastical events, where the familiar meets the magical, and your most cherished loved one could be your mortal enemy.
On the surface, it’s an entertaining and truly scary thriller. However, for those who want to probe deeper, the story has multiple layers of characterization and thematic depth, including commentary on modern “advanced” society and technology, as well as its impact on our closest family ties.
This one sounds pretty decent. What do you think?