The Spine of Night (\N)

Betty Gabriel, Malcolm Mills, Jordan Douglas Smith, Matthew Russell, Christine Cilano, Sydney S Matthews,
Ultra-violent, epic fantasy set in a land of magic follows heroes from a different eras and cultures battling against a malevolent force.
  • 6.3 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Philip Gelatt, Morgan Galen King, Writer:
  • Director:
  • Will Battersby, Jean Rattle, Producer:


5 / 10

No Campbell.

I had high expectations and was extraordinarily disappointed. I expected an epic and bloody saga. But halfway through the movie I realized it was a sleepy mess. It's a story that revolves around secondary characters that we don't care about. No main hero. Directors are passionate about the visual, but they should have read a bit of Joseph Campbell, which George Lucas did.

2 / 10

A Disapointing Waste of Time

I had high hopes for this film. The animation is just simply terrible. They attempted to make something similar in vain to Fire and Ice and failed completely. This movie falls flat on it's face right from the beginning.

Voice acting was ok but maybe I was so distracted by the abysmal animation that I couldn't judge it properly. The background art was of good quality. I only wish they had found better animators.

The film is a good lesson in how not to pay homage to the style of the 1970's fantasy animation genre. This is the most disappointed I have ever been in an animated movie.

1 / 10

Ugly, pretty ugly.

It is almost impossible to watch it.

What is the point of making something this bad?

The animation is extremely poor.

It looks like they hired 10-year old kids with no previous experience with crayons or coloring pencils to be the animators.

Also, the same 10-year old kids seem to have written the story, which is pretty messy and confusing. Instead of saga, we have a jumbled story.

All in all, what we have here is another small disaster.

8 / 10

A Bloody Gem

Terrific story...Terrific character design....Terrific backgrounds...Terrific voice-overs...

Those who tell of poor animation are mistaken: the rotoscoping is great. Only of low quality is the uniform, shadeless colouring of bodies. If a stylistic choice, it fails; looks cheap; detracts from perfection.

The unpredictable, sharp, perfectly paced story makes this film better than its inspirations from the 80s. Remember, those were beautiful, but had mediocre writing at best.

2 / 10

Very poor animation

Okay, it seems they tried something like the old Lord of the Rings animation from. Ralph Bakshi, made in 1978,or Fire and Ice, or the Heavy Metal animation from 1981.

But they failed on full length.

The animation of the characters is just bad. The story that connects the individual parts is hair-raising and incoherent. The voice actors deliver their usual quality, but that doesn't save this mess.

About 40 years ago this film would have been hailed as state of the art, today you wonder how they found animators willing to voluntarily produce such rubbish and lend their name to it.

It's a real pity, I had hoped for a successful realisation.