Dark Night of the Soul
(special edition) DVD
Quantities are very limited... get this title while you still can!!
Shawn, a skeleton freak philosopher and his drug induced zombie henchmen rule the bowels of the sphinx guarded Unknown Cemetery. As an outcast cult leader Shawn is
always on the lookout for students to educate into he arts of mental expansion.
Four naive college kids find their way into the domain of the graveyard weridos and their playground of occult teaching methods including forced opium smoking, sexual deviancy, hypnotic anti-religious dialog and the Tarot.
Dark Night of the Soul delivers in originality with heavy occult overtones, eerie atmosphere, drug usage, nudity and a
plethora of hidden symbolism making this film stand alone beyond categorization.
The film also features a superb and haunting electronic score by the experimental darkambient band The Unquiet Void.
Shot on Beltane in May of 1998 on the grounds of a sacred Catholic monastery this film's legend and cult status continues to grow. Rumors of real life summoning of dark forces in the film, bizarre happenings during the shoot and the lives of the cast and crew strongly affected by their participation in
Remastered version from the final edit supervised by director Ron Atkins from the only remaining elements in existence.
(All originals were mysteriously burned in a fire)
(1.33:1 original aspect ratio)
Dolby pro logic stereo sound
The making of Dark Night of the Soul (42 min of behind the scenes)
3 vintage teaser trailers
Director Ron Atkins interview
Rating : Unrated
Release Date : 1998
Running time : 112 mins
A metaphysical acid trip, I've never seen anything like it!
Alan Ormsby of "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, Deranged and Cat People
Dark Night of the Soul brings a new concept to the game- psychedelic horror, Awesome costumes good make-up, pleasant amount of nudity and wacky torture scenes.
Dark Night of the Soul is definitely unique and has the makings of a cult classic. It's too bizarre not to be. However, I wouldn't recommend getting stoned and watching it alone. You'd just wind up dunking yourself into a paranoid nightmare, suffer a
psychotic breakdown and go on to wander the Earth in diapers for the rest of your days. That's not good.
Eric Campos: FIlmThreat.com
It's not often you see a guy in a skull mask pontificating about the raptures of satanic worship while flanked by naked, drug-huffing college students being brainwashed into the joys of occult philosophy, all in a fog-enshrouded graveyard.
But then you don't see too many movies like Dark Night of the Soul, either.
Nathaniel Thompson: Mondo-Digital.com
Dark Night of the Soul has much to praise the make-up is good the acting mostly so and the themes it explores are very compelling. Given a sufficient budget this crew could turn out a remarkable thinking- fella's erotic horror film.
Atkins' cinematography, which is above par from a film as low budget as this one on such a restricted time frame, the menacing portrayal of Shawn, by Brodie and the eerie electronic score (courtesy of "The Unquiet Void").