The Spine of Night

93 mins
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Ultra-violent fantasy epic done in hand-drawn rotoscope animation, following a group of heroes from different eras and cultures who band... More

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The Spine of Night is available to stream in New... More Zealand now on Shudder.

The Spine of Night | Ratings & Reviews

Bloody and beguiling rotoscope aesthetic makes for the kind of otherworldly experience we rarely get to see, one that feels destined to be cherished by a cult audience.

"The Spine Of Night is here to satiate the cravings of those who miss a particular brand of animated storytelling, updated with added psychedelic fervour and plenty of extra-gnarly bloodshed."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"It’s best to ignore the muddled plot and let the striking imagery wash over you..."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"This is hard fantasy, made by people who clearly know and love the form."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"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."


"It’s the definition of a labour of love..."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

"Even if its winding narrative structure and themes won’t be for all tastes, it’s impossible not to be awed by the sheer artistry on display."

Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting

"There’s something commendable about how The Spine of Night refuses to dilute its nostalgic delirium. At a time when so many films lack the courage of their convictions, it’s a treat to watch one that’s made out of nothing but backbone."


"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."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"While intellectually enticing and visually daring, the dogged dryness leaves a curious tale emotionally bereft."


"Despite some odd world-building hiccups, the film will delight fans of hard fantasy, animation, or those who want to experience something unique..."

Film ThreatFilm Threat

The Spine of Night | Details

Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
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