‘The Night’ Trailer: Iranian Horror Movie Has a Family Stuck in a Hotel from Hell

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US distributor IFC Midnight has unveiled the official trailer for The Night, a US-Iranian co-production that’s drawn comparisons to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

The psychological horror film follows an Iranian husband and wife, played by Shahab Hosseini and Gia Mora respectively, who make the mistake of staying a night at a Los Angeles hotel with their baby daughter. They soon find themselves trapped in what feels like a never-ending nightmare as they’re haunted by demons — real and/or imagined? — that seem to be connected to secrets they’ve kept from one another.

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Looks like a pretty creepy film from Iranian-born director Kourosh Ahari, who has previously directed a number of short films and two drama features, The Yellow Wallpaper (2016) and Generations (2018). Check out the trailer below.

The Night will be hitting select US theaters and releasing on VOD on January 29th.

Official synopsis for The Night:

After a night out with friends, an exhausted married couple, Babak (Shahab Hosseini), Neda (Niousha Noor) and their baby take shelter in the grand, but eerie Hotel Normandie. Throughout a seemingly endless night, mysterious disturbances ruin their night’s rest as Babak and Neda soon realize they’re locked-in with a malevolent force that hungers for the dark secrets they’ve kept from one another.


With The Night, director Kourosh Ahari made history for being the first U.S.-produced film to receive a license for theatrical release in Iran since the revolution. The psychological thriller follows in the footsteps of The Shining, luring viewers into a hotel that is both ominous and inviting, where the ghosts of the past still linger around each corner. The terrors that linger in the corridors are more real and terrifying than any movie monster in a mask. The Night will make you never want to spend a night away from home again.

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