A Review by EJ Argenio
Do you want to hear a scary story? Get your popcorn, turn off the lights, and turn on A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio.
A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio is comprised of chilling vignettes beautifully told by Rod Wilson (James Wright) who is not your average late-night radio talk show host. His talk show, Nightmare Radio, focuses on a variety of horror stories, from the supernatural to urban legends, with the hopes members of his audience will call in and share ones of their own. This is a modern day telling of campfire stories, but instead of being in the middle of a forest with a group of friends, Rod’s behind the mic in his studio speaking with complete strangers. The film begins on a a night that seems like any other night, any other show, and we have the honor of taking part as he narrates tales of possession, vanity and corporal punishment.
The film is comprised of a series of vignettes told by Wilson. These tales include a ghost made out of darkness, a victim of a sadistic hair stylist, a convicted murderer sentenced to a series of amputations, a traumatized dancer, and a hunter who becomes the hunted.
Tonight’s show appears to be commonplace for Rod, but the horror becomes all too real after the host receives a phone call from a child claiming that someone is trying to murder him. Despite looking at this as nothing more than a prank, Rod starts to question his reality.
The cinematography of Carlos Goitia, combined with a score composed by director Luciano Onetti, elevate each terror-filled tale as they unfold. When we learn the story of a young dancer’s psychological torment, we cannot help but empathize. This authenticity not only makes for an entertaining horror film, but we are hooked in further when Rod eventually goes from narrator to protagonist.
A combination of Tales From The Darkside & Talk Radio, A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio has re-imagined the telling of the campfire horror story. If you’re a fan of the macabre, and enjoy the agony of fear, this is the movie for you.