I had put off watching The Spine of Night for a few months. The only reason I had to put off watching it for so long was I wasn’t in the mood for it. I felt adventurous as I was scrolling through my watchlist on Shudder and finally delved into it. I know that there are several animated movies from the 80s that were influences on The Spine of Night but in my mind the closest comparison is Heavy Metal.
The Spine of Night was written and directed by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King. Gelatt is best known for among other things is working on Love, Death, & Robots which is a series I’ve heard many people rave about. The rotoscope animation is amazing. It makes the story feel like it can only be told in this specific medium.
Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel, Joe Manganiello, Jordan Douglas Smith, Patrick Breen, and Larry Fessenden star. Going in the only person I knew was in The Spine of Night was Manganiello, so a majority of the cast was a surprise. This is the first time that I’m aware of Oswalt playing a villain or at least one that’s actively evil. Grant, Lawless, and Smith all get to do the most in the movie.
The previously mentioned style of animation is amazing, like previously stated. The way it tells the story in only the way it can is outstanding. Rotoscoping like this absolutely blew me away and did so throughout the entire movie. The score by Peter Scartabello is awesome. It makes the already epic story that much more epic.
The Spine of Night is an awesome adult animated dark fantasy movie that is one of a kind. I’m actually kind of glad that I waited so long to watch the movie because I was completely enthralled by it. The animation goes a long way to keep you enthralled. You can stream it on Shudder. I give The Spine of Night 8 magical blossoms out of 10.