The drive-in has been a godsend to me in this time of quarantine. To get to see movies on the big screen is a wonderful treat. And even though the golden age of the drive-in was before my time, the nostalgia still swells over me in waves. It’s like being taken back in time. And even moreso when watching a movie like THE VAST OF NIGHT, which manages to magically capture and immerse the viewer in the 1950s, recreate the vibe of the 50s, the way STRANGER THINGS has done for the 1980s. You as the viewer are at times literally watching the action through the screen of an old black-and-white television; the effect is recreated on the screen, the way Tom Servo, Crow, and whatever human happens to be featured in the particular episode are always present at the bottom of the screen, sitting in the audience during old episodes of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000. This movie isn’t of the sort that one would enjoy on MST3K, though. In fact this one is as good as they come. It’s fabulous. The action, the direction, the cinematography—and that script! I was left in awe of the dialogue. THE VAST OF NIGHT is good enough for consideration come Oscar time, if there even is an Oscars next year. The point is, THE VAST OF NIGHT is an A++ movie. Take a trip back in time, plop down (metaphorically) on the sofa in the living room in a house in the 50s (figuratively) and prepare yourself to enjoy an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE all over again. Or for the first time. Either way it’s an experience to be savored.
Some of you might recognize the still relatively unknown leads for past genre work. Sierra McCormick played Lilith on the SUPERNATURAL TV series and Jake Horowitz appeared in the forthcoming remake of CASTLE FREAK and the short film THE AMERICAN WEREWOLVES (which doesn’t have any actual werewolves in it).