Title: Night Shoot
Author: David Sodergren
Release Date: May 5th, 2019
Page Length: 242
Age Range: Adult
Rep: Sapphic, Lesbian
A group of desperate student film-makers break into Crawford Manor for an unauthorised night shoot. They have no choice. Their lead actress has quit. They’re out of time. They’re out of money.
They’re out of luck.
For Crawford Manor has a past that won’t stay dead, and the crew are about to come face-to-face with the hideous secret that stalks the halls.
Will anyone survive… the Night Shoot?
A delirious homage to the slasher movies of the 1980s, Night Shoot delivers page after page of white-knuckle terror.
This was a ride! Now forgive me, I read this months ago and now trying to write a review, so likely this will be short and sweet – just like the book lol. Now I knew nothing going into this other than it was a horror – if you’re like me and like going into a book, especially horrors/thrillers, then you may want to come back after reading it because although I’ll try my best to be non-spoiler-y, I find it especially hard to do that in this genre.
I did know that it was set in the 80s and that made this all the more interesting! Just think – there are no cell phones in the 80s (ok not common then) so being isolated in the middle of nowhere with monsters!!!!! I think this is my ideal horror – I want 80s/90s slashers! If you know of any comment below!!!
This was an extremely fast paced book! I flew threw this in one sitting and I read it at night – I think this is the ideal scenario, although I don’t know if this would be just as atmospheric had I spread it out or read it during the day. I think Sodergren did a great job at creating a dark, depressing, claustrophobic environment! He is also amazingly detailed in the gore, which I actually loved in this setting. It was so over the top and felt exactly like a R rated horror movie – in fact, can someone please make this into a movie? I feel like Torma would oddly work well with the gore 🤔
The characters were amazing! There were so many that I just loved hating and loved seeing their deaths. Everyone felt realistic too, like these could be real film students making this film. The way Sodergren wrote the interactions, chase and kill scenes between the monster and the film crew near perfectly, or at least exactly what I was wanting (80s horror film in writing lol). The twists and terns and POVs that we get were exactly what I was hoping for and no one overstayed their welcome. I really enjoyed the ending too.
If you’re looking for a slasher novel, then I highly suggest you pick this one up. Have you read this? If you have what did you think and have you read others like it (I want more lol). Let me know in the comments!