NIGHT OF THE KANUAK Short Film Review – Native American Horror Strikes Again, With A Bigger Agenda At Hand
Starring Kelly Reiter, Ian Kane, Garrett Schuster
Written by Ian Kane
Directed by Ian Kane
Using his short film The Visitor which was released back in 2015, director Ian Kane is putting together quite the assemblage of frights, and now with his continuation piece titled Night Of The Kanuak, his blueprints for a much larger universe revolving around Native American horror are coming more into focus – stand back, kiddies…something big is on the horizon.
This particular short follows the events of The Visitor, and if you remember the quickie itself, there were questions left unanswered and we begin to see the formation of these answers, and to say that what lies ahead is just a bit eerie would be an understatement. A small dinner party of friends has gathered to talk about the disappearance of their college professor, who seemingly vanished while in the Sierra Nevada Mountains as he was gathering research about a group of Native Americans who used to live in the area. After dinner wraps up our two main characters begin to experience some very spooky goings-on, and at the risk of blowing up the film for any prospective viewers, I’ll keep my yap-trap locked up.
Much like his first presentation, Kane manages to employ the usage of low-lighting to drag the frights towards you, and while you’ll most assuredly squint to get a glimpse, the scares will definitely make themselves known when it’s time. Tension acts as a build-up, and while some scenes are effective in conveyance they can stretch a bit too long, but don’t let that sway you – this short has a purpose, and over time it’ll have a third act to speak alongside it – bring on the chills, Mr. Kane!
With the first two pieces of this Native American horror story complete, only one can imagine how this tale of terror will roll on – patience is a virtue.