The Spine of Night
The Spine of Night (2021)

In THE SPINE OF NIGHT, an ultra-violent fantasy epic, ancient dark magic falls into sinister hands and unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. A group of heroes from different eras and cultures must band together in order to defeat it at… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 29, 2021
DVD Release Date: October 29, 2021
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a hard fantasy story that stands in service of its eye-catching animation, The Spine of Night is a distinctive treat for genre enthusiasts.

Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

"Spine" is a throwback to the go-for-broke days of "Heavy Metal," but unlike that multistoried fantasy this one tells a cohesive tale.

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

Alas, all the world-building filmmakers may contrive doesn't count for much if they don't put it across visually. And this heavily rotoscoped vision does not get where it needs to be to achieve genuine trippiness.

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Michelle Kisner
The Movie Sleuth

The Spine of Night manages to occupy its own territory, incorporating a good dose of cosmic horror and even some moments of pathos in between splashes of violence and death.

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Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com

The Spine of Night feels like a heroic mash note to the formerly frowned-upon taboo of watching this sort of black light/van art epic, only it's now a couple decades later, and not at all better.

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Guy Lodge
Variety

With its fusion of naive, old-school character rotoscoping and lavishly airbrushed world-building, the film's visuals aim squarely for geek nostalgia and hit their target.

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Eli Friedberg
The Film Stage

The Spine of Night is a tantalizing failure, the occasional breakthrough mythological or visual concept notwithstanding-too fractured and alienating to connect with any audience but the one most starved for its peculiar niche.

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David Ehrlich
indieWire

Ditto the Bakshi-perfect animation, which transports you back to a time when stuff like this still felt dangerous.

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Rafael Motamayor
Observer

There is very little in terms of actual plot or pathos, but that's not why you watch this film.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

This extremely mature animated sci-fi gorefest makes up for its wooden storytelling with its wild visuals, old-timey Rotoscope animation (both fluid and creepy), and all-out, unchecked tone.

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