In the Cold of the Night (1990) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Nico Mastorakis
STARRING: Jeff Lester, Adrianne Sachs, Shannon Tweed
RATED: UR/REGION O/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome
High profile fashion photographer Scott Bruin has been suffering from a series of increasingly disturbing and violent dreams in which he savagely attacks and murders a young woman. Fearing for his sanity, Scott begins to investigate these strange visions but slowly starts to believe that these all-too-real seeming nightmares might not be dreams after all and that the woman in them is in imminent danger. As his investigation progresses, Scott unwittingly finds himself in the center of a sinister conspiracy much stranger than his wildest nightmares.
In the Cold of the Night (unsure if that’s a play on in the HEAT of the night or not) finds a plot that that seems to have one foot over in De Palma territory and the other right in the middle of an HBO T and A movie. It has the plot of our leading guy finding the girl of his dreams, literally. The only issue is he’s been killing her in his dreams every night and he’s starting to find himself acting pretty wild in his sleep when he’s sleeping next to some girl or THAT girl, which is becoming a problem because they are sleeping together a lot. It’s probably a little light on sex scenes to even be considered a softcore movie, but what you mostly get our of In the Cold of the Night is a thriller that packs a mystery plot with some twists and turns to go along with the boobs. It’s probably one of the more underrated releases in recent memory and I’m hoping some of you give this one a shot after reading this because it’s probably better than most of you assumed it would be.
As I said, there is a bit of Brain De Palma movie vibe in this one and the people that made this one know it. Heck, they even reference the man during a scene when our leading fellow is telling his best friend about his weird dreams. So if the goal was to make a bit of a sexed up version of one of those types of movies, I can say that they did a good job here and really hit their spots with it. Also, our mystery girl played by Adrianne Sachs (she was in Robocop) looks hot as all hell and really takes over the screen when she’s on it. And that even counts when she’s on it with her clothes still on. Like a lot of other recent releases from Vinegar Syndrome, In the Cold of the Night might be one you’ve not heard a whole lot of things about, but it’s way better than you expect so you should check it out. It looks good, it is a little light on extras, but it has a plot that sucks you in.
– Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
– Archival behind-the-scenes featurette
– Archival image gallery
– Original trailer
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles
Quality of Transfer: 95%