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A law student takes a job as the night-watchman in a morgue, thinking that he will have much time to study, with his biggest problem being his paranoia in this scary setting. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and the student ends up getting mixed up with one of the murders, becoming a suspect.Written by
In the Hungarian dub of the film, the 1987 Miramax logo appears at the beginning of the film, instead of the 1998 Miramax skyline logo See more »
The original cut of the film was just about 2 1/2 hours and included a different score and different opening sequence which was just an extended version of the two couples having dinner together followed by an extended scene at the local pub. The entire subplot of discussion of marriage between Lauren Graham and Josh Brolin's characters was cut, including a sequence at the end where they are married at a double wedding alongside Patricia Arquette and Ewan McGregor's characters. This version also included an extended restaurant scene with Joyce and more contact between her and Martin throughout the film, including a much more graphic death sequence in Joyce's apartment. See more »
A college guy (Ewan McGregor) takes a nighttime job at a morgue, at just the time that a murderer happens to be on the loose. It's a standard serial killer film, and it's populated with photogenic college students and predictably weird-looking morgue workers. The film contains the usual, and tiresome, cinematic clichés and hackneyed plot devices. It also contains lots of plot holes. The killer is revealed to the audience way before the conclusion, resulting in a finale that is anticlimactic. None of the characters are particularly interesting. They struck me as being stereotypes. If the film contains a theme or "message", I certainly did not pick up on it.
Acting is average, to slightly below average. McGregor looks like he's having a good time with the script. The music, the lighting, and the sound effects all try to manipulate the audience into a sense of fright. Production design is adequate, if unremarkable.
"Nightwatch" might appeal to kids who have not seen many horror films. For everyone else, the film has little to offer.
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