Nocturne – USA, 2016

‘Hell hath no fury like a demon scorned’

Nocturne is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed by Stephen Shimek (Dudes & Dragons; The Maze; Dragon Hunter) from a screenplay co-written with Katy Baldwin and Kristi Shimek. Clare Niederpruem, Darien Willardson and Melanie Stone star.

Jo (Clare Niederpruem) has something to hide from her past. Her unsuspecting friends perform a late night seance ritual that opens a gateway to Hell. Dirty secrets are revealed and an uninvited guest joins the party. Now, Jo is forced to confront her mistakes as her friends try to escape a supernatural spirit…

In the US, Nocturne was released on DVD by Monarch Home Entertainment on July 25, 2017.



” …approach this film with an open mind, expecting a low budget indie that has a pair it isn’t afraid to show off. The cast and crew take measured risks time and again, and those risks pay off pretty well. Again, Nocturne isn’t a film without flaw, but it is an entertaining horror flick that dares to be great in key sequences.” Matt Molgaard, Addicted to Horror

” …if only the first half of the movie would have been a bit as good as its second half, this movie would have been a pretty awesome and recommendable one. There is even some decent gore – and creative killings to enjoy in its second half…” Frank Veenstra, Boba_Fett1138

“Nocturne is a fresh perspective on a familiar trend. The production is solid. Roles were expressed with fluidity and naturalness. Visual effects from its many sources worked in concert to accentuate the storytelling. Nocturne delivers an intense viewing experience.” Ken Artuz, Decay mag

“If you are looking for a fresh perspective on the somewhat overdone Ouija board horror genre, Nocturne provides it with a compelling, and a bit confusing story-line. There are moments where nothing will make sense, until the very end, and the film never gets boring. I was definitely entertained.” Rick Swift, Film Grouch

“Shimek has crafted an effective, atmospheric, creepy, and above all contextually believable  possession-type flick that manages to homage films of days gone by, stand alone as a good movie in it’s own right, and —  by showing us that even longstanding formulas can be molded into something interesting with a little talent and effort — raises the bar on this type of film.” Legless Corpse

Nocturne is set in a small and bland house, features stereotypical teens, and has no outlandish looking scenes, yet it is one of the best horror films I have seen this year with excellent use of muted colours, a great soundtrack and nifty use of editing. The writing for this is masterful…” Daniel Simmonds, The Rotting Zombie

“Big on ideas, solid in story and remarkable in execution, Nocturne is a well crafted depiction of the role of sin and the part it has to play in day to day life. A rejuvenating retelling of a familiar yarn, it’s already receiving well deserved praise from the festival circuit.” Sooz Webb, The Slaughtered Bird

Nocturne follows a typical horror formula reminiscent of Night of the Demons with a little less fun and a lot more seriousness. Director Stephen Shimek puts his own spin on the tale […] Nocturne does spend a little too much time partying and not enough time investing in likable characters. Perhaps that’s the point though.” Jason Minton, Without Your Head

Main cast:

  • Clare Niederpruem – Zombie Hunter; Vamp UThe Maze
  • Darien Willardson
  • Melanie Stone – Mythica: The Necromancer; Be My Frankenstein
  • Colton Tran – Spook
  • Jake Stormoen
  • Corey Sondrup

IMDb | Official site

Related: The Ouija Board: Its history and influence in modern culture – article

Categories: 2016, supernatural

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  1. Who are these reviewers and what have they been smoking? This movie sucked.

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