Combustible Celluloid
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With: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sofie Gråbøl, Kim Bodnia, Lotte Andersen, Ulf Pilgaard, Rikke Louise Andersson, Stig Hoffmeyer, Gyrd Løfquist, Niels Anders Thorn
Written by: Ole Bornedal
Directed by: Ole Bornedal
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Danish, with English subtitles
Running Time: 107
Date: 02/25/1994

Nightwatch (1994)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

The Morgue, the Merrier

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

A crackerjack little thriller from Holland, of all places. It was remade in 1998 with Ewan McGregor and Patricia Arquette, but check out this superior original. Directed by Ole Bornedal, it's the story of a morgue security guard who gets mixed up with a psycho killer. The film really generates the suspense and keeps it going. Anchor Bay Entertainment's 2001 DVD contains a lovely transfer, plus a commentary track by the director and a trailer. (Also known as Nattevagten -- not to be confused with the 2004 Nochnoy dozor, which was released in the U.S. in 2006 as Night Watch.)