My blu-ray collection is starting to look a lot like the video store shelves of yesteryear. You know them, those hidden gems that made up entire weekends of childhood. Some titles that fill my shelves now are titles that I thought my young brain had either dreamt up or made up entirely. Nightwish is definitely a pleasant surprise and one of those titles that, I had began to believe I had made up as a kid.
Unearthed Classics latest comes in the form of a super-B and super impressive film back from 89’. This one combines equal parts of Nightmare on Elm Street with some Flatliners sensibilities.
Using sensory deprivation techniques, a doctor of parapsychology provokes his students to examine their own deaths in evermore horrifying circumstances. Roles are exchanged and shuffled as reality and fantasy become indistinguishable and each new dreadful death proves more terrifying than the last. Their paranormal explorations lead them to an abandoned mansion in a desolate area that natives call the “Valley of Fear” where years of drinking chemically tainted water have lead to a genetically damaged population and mutant wildlife. Local legends also tell stranger stories of extraterrestrials which the students attempt to explore.
Reality, the supernatural and dreams weave into a tight tapestry of horror and sublimated desire from which there may be no escape.
Nightwish comes with a nice 4k polish and restore from the original camera negative, and an insightful commentary by Paul White and Stephen Biro.
Look, you guys. I didn’t know that I needed Nighwish in my collection but in hindsight it was a necessity. It’s a perfect addition to your B-movie collection and one that pairs well with a night with friends and cold beverages.
Head over to MVD Entertainment Group to get your copy now.