The Spine of Night

The Spine of Night

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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 together to stop a sinister force possessing ancient dark magic. Features the voices of Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt and Richard E. Grant.

2021Rating: R1893 minsUSAGorgonaut
AdventureAnimatedFantasyHorror

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The Spine of Night | 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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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

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Variety

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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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

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.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

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.

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The New York Times

The 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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IGN

IGN

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

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Film Threat

Film Threat

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

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The Spine of Night | Release Details

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