Fever Night (Band of Satanic Outsiders)
Three young Satanists, Terry, Elliot, and Warren, perform an obscure ritual deep in the woods. Terry may or may not be dead after an accident freeing Warren's car from the mud. Elliot and Warren decide to follow a distant light in hopes of finding help. But the ritual has changed things. After witnessing unexplained bird explosions and unusual tree behavior, Elliot and Warren find themselves pursued by the most heinous of Satanic manifestations.
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Three dumb kids with aspirations of Satanism go out into the woods, burn some stuff while performing Touchdown signals, and then wind up wandering around the middle of nowhere after the girl meets with an accident. Unfortunately, the guys meet up again to torture the viewer with horrible dialogue, and then weird things happen to them. Seriously, there's almost no story here whatsoever. It's like a group of friends somehow got their hands on forty grand (this film's budget), spent every cent of it on pot, and then decided to go out into the woods and make a movie while they were still wasted out of their minds. As far as I'm concerned that's the only possible explanation for this movie's existence.
I have not seen Band of Outsiders, the Godard film from which Fever Night obviously derives its subtitle, and thus it would be very difficult for me to compare and contrast the two. And yet what I know of Godard films definitely strikes a chord when I watch Fever Night; there's the same general plotlessness, the same overacting, the same feeling of discontinuity from scene to scene. And I have to say that I like it better here than I do in Godard, but not much.
I think there's a plot, kind of, and I think it goes like this: three Satanists, Elliot (Peter Tullio in his first screen appearance), Warren (Doilie's Diner's Philip Marlatt), and Terry (Poker Run's Melanie Wilson, also debuting), head out into the woods to conduct some sort of ritual. (The director's synopsis on IMDB says they actually go through with it; if so, it's a very subtle ritual, because I didn't even notice.) Then Terry disappears. While Elliot and Warren are trying to figure that out, they see a dim light through the trees and pursue it, hoping to find some help (or Terry, maybe).
...and the majority of the movie is Elliot and Warren following this light and arguing with one another. If that's not Godardian, I don't know what is. Horrid memories of forcing myself to sit through Pierrot le Fou, but if both of the main actors were male. And not in a car. Wilson is cute, though for obvious reasons she doesn't get a great deal of screen time, and there are some mildly amusing bits (which is better than I can say for Godard), but overall, this one will confuse you while boring you senseless at the same time. * ½