The Spine of Night Red Band Trailer promises bold, beautiful and terrifying adult fantasy

Animation as a medium has a very layered history. What started as news shorts aired before a feature film quickly became family events for the big screen. But during the 70s and 80s, there were artists and studios trying to push the boundaries of the medium and create action-packed, messy adult features. The backbone of the night feels like a love letter to the specific era of animation history and it promises to deliver all the sad images that fans have longed for.

If you were distracted by the cool pictures, Red Band tells about the plot in the movie below:

“This epic fantasy tale, about the story of a land that has never been, begins when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant. He falls for its darker temptations, thus triggering ages of suffering for humanity. As his power grows. “Over the years, it falls to people of different kinds and cultures to try to stop him. Among those who oppose him are a daring tomb robber, star-crossed lovers, a mad necromancer, winged assassins and an immortal guardian.”

The backbone of the night is written and directed by Philip Gelatt, whose previous works include Love, Death & Robots, and Morgan Galen King, whose previous works included the short Preamble. The film is cast with lots of stars like Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Ash vs The Evil Dead, Richard E. Grant (Loki), Patton Oswalt (MODOK, Ratatouille), Betty Gabriel (Get Out) and Joe Manganiello (Justice League The film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2021 and received critical acclaim for its performances and striking images.

The backbone of the night is primarily animated in rotoscope, which is the technique of tracking live actors image by image to produce realistic action. The technique was diligently used in the films that The backbone of the night shelves. In an interview with Film Inquiry, Morgan Galen King had this to say.

“Right from the moment I started working on animation, the thing that was most influential to me was the late ’70s, early’ 80s era of Ralph Bakshi’s classics as Heavy metal, also a bit of Han-Man and Thunderr. I grew up with many of the things I was right in my pocket in five years where it was all really big. So yes, it was an aesthetic that I have always wanted to pursue}. {Many of the short films I worked on before this were like refining that workflow and figuring out how to do it on a feature scale. Eventually Phil Exordium (2013) looked short and we found each other and he got us a stock and we made this huge fantasy epic in this little space and then drew it for seven years. “


“I love fantasy as a genre and science fiction as a genre and horror as a genre, and at the time, and I think to date, it was the only time I ever got to write full fantasy,” Philip Gelatt also said with Film Inquiry.

“Being able to make that genre and play with that genre and make that genre in a certain way was definitely the funniest part of writing it. It’s just fun to sit and think about fantasy worlds and barbarians and weird librarians and necromancers, I mean it I mean, I love it there. It’s amazing! “

RLJE Films has taken over The backbone of the night for distribution and has announced that the film will have its commercial release on October 29, where it will be released in cinemas as well as On Demand and Digital HD. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the weird and wonderful, or a beginner to cult fantasy thriller, The backbone of the night seems to promise a dazzling experience no matter what.

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