Nightworld, a new film written by Robert Englund, has been released on Netflix North America, available for streaming now.
Directed by Patricio Valladares and produced by Open Frames, Nightworld tells the sinister tale of former LAPD officer Brett Anderson, who takes a job as head of security at an old apartment building in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, he soon begins to experience a series of bizarre and terrifying events.
Once he begins to delve deeper into the building’s sinister history and investigate its shadowy owners and past employees, Brett soon uncovers a malevolent force nestled deep in the bowels of the building that will do anything to be set free into our world.
The film stars Jason London, Robert Englund of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Gianni Capaldi and Lorina Kamburova.
You can watch the trailer below.
Robert Englund had this to say about the film;
“Nightworld is kind of a nice little horror treat for the fans…
It has this Twilight Zone, H.P. Lovecraft vibe. It’s mysterious. It’s not a real violent, real accelerated slasher film. That’s not what it is. It’s much more heartbeat, H.P. Lovecraft.
In a way, it’s a ghost story…
There is a portal that leads somewhere else. Somewhere dark and threatening. The story goes that there are 7 portals throughout the world that access to the other side, the netherworld, the dark world, the Nightworld.
To me, this Nightworld is a purgatory. Think of it as a kind of waiting room for heaven and hell. It’s the place where a soul leaves a dead body. And then there’s an order that protects these 7 portals to make sure that there’s no blend, there’s no crossover allowed here and that those doors stay sealed. These portals have been sealed for centuries. And then of course something goes wrong. Very wrong…
In Nightworld I play a retired guardian. He is blind and you get the sense that he probably lives in a little tiny, elegant apartment somewhere. He’s retired and he doesn’t go out a lot, so he has his old clothes still. Perhaps his blindness was an occupational hazard of working for many, many years guarding this portal in Sofia, Bulgaria. When he was still working there, he had full sight, then something happened.
There’s a line in the beginning where he says “I know my way around here”. So he wasn’t always blind.
But that was probably the reason for his retirement. When a former L.A. police officer is offered his old job, shit hits the fan and my character is called in to offer aid and expertise. The officer had just lost his wife and is drinking a lot, and has all sorts of nightmares and visions. So he takes over this security job for this corporation, and now manages and oversees one of these portals. He has no idea what is behind the door.
I think of Nightworld as essentially a ghost story, but then the writers found this connection with his late wife – she spuns Jason London’s character out. I really liked the twist – she’s trying to get to him, and he’s somehow been lured there, cosmically with her in the void. I like the fact that he moves to Sofia to recover, and he then falls in love with this other girl, which ultimately enrages his late wife and makes her jealous – I like the idea that the dead can possibly become jealous if we were ever to fall in love again. It’s an original take on a possible afterlife. Let alone that the consequences will be devastating…
Nightworld was a great experience for me. It felt pretty good. It’s a very scary story. Easily one of the scariest scripts I have come across in a long time.
It’s your ideal complement to a couple of the other more energetic horror films that are vying for attention this season.
Don’t miss it!”