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This story was inspired by actual events reported to have happened to a Chinese family in Malaysia in
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Four in Chinese Culture: The Most Feared NumberSaying "four" in Chinese sounds like the word for "death." Among Chinese people this number is thought to be extremely unlucky, even deadly, like 13 in the west. Often, Chinese buildings simply don't have a floor numbered "four."
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.
Pictures International is happy to announce that our latest film,
Darkest Night will be released in the U.S. and Canada by
Media International. The official announcement of release was made
by Russ Williams, the executive producer, at the 19th annual Filipino
Arts and Cinema International (FACINE) Film Festival in San Francisco on
October 20, 2012 (see below).
Now there is a definite date. The DVD release will be on July 24, 2013. Also, there will be a limited theatrical release in the western U.S. earlier that month, lasting several weeks, according to Russ Williams, GPI's executive producer.
On the Right: Check out Maxim's DVD cover for Darkest Night.
Maxim is an American film distributor based in Arizona, which specializes in releasing quality horror films.
Darkest Night is a horror film that combines intense family and Gothic drama with lots of suspense and scares. It had its U.S. premiere to much critical acclaim in San Francisco at the FACINE film festival.
Williams said negotiations are currently under way for release in other nations. Additional announcements will be made later, as more countries are added to Darkest Night's release list. Later announcements will also be made later on about further North American releases for the VOD and television media.
Williams added that congratulations should go 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.
We will have more news about this exciting film on this site, as it happens, so please check back with us. Also, whenever you want, please visit the Darkest Night Facebook page.
SAN FRANCISCO – Gothic Pictures International is happy to announce that our latest film, Darkest Night was critically acclaimed at its U.S. premiere. The 19th annual Filipino Arts and Cinema International Film Festival (FACINE) awarded Darkest Night its Valuable Contribution Certificate during its film festival here on October 20, 2012.
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 exhibition at FACINE was its first public U.S. screening.
"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.
Photo: Russ Williams (right) at the FACINE Film Festival in San Francisco on Oct. 20 with Dr. Mauro Tumbocon Jr. (festival director). The film was VERY well received. It was a great time!
"So proud to have premiered your film in the U.S. Awesome experience!" said Dr. Mauro Tumbocon Jr., the festival director.
FACINE awarded Darkest Night its Valuable Contribution Certificate during the festival.
Courtesy of Maxim Media International.Darkest Night will have a limited theatrical run in the U.S. during July 2013, culminating with its release on DVD on July 24, according to Williams. Maxim Entertainment is an American film distributor in Arizona, which specializes in releasing quality horror films.
According to Williams, negotiations are currently under way for release in other countries. Additional announcements will be made later, as other countries are added to Darkest Night's release list.
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 US nonprofit organization that aims to promote and develop Filipino-American cinema. The festival is 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. For more information on GPI, see our company page.
Here is a list of links to various websites that have given us write-ups. The list may not be totally up to date at any given time but will be updated on a regular basis. Also, please check out our site on IMDb:
Yes! Entertainment Magazine (November 2011): Manila, Philippines: