Pitched as a southern gothic tale, Before the Night is Over sees a girl being moved to her auntie’s ‘Gentleman’s Club’ as a favour to her deceased mother.
From the start our main character Samantha is thrown into a very different environment than she is used to, with middle aged men being fondled by two of the workers of the club.
We get plenty of hints early on to a wider plot, but the film really suffers from a midway slump that it never really recovers from.
Before the Night is Over is extremely sexually charged and feels at times like a low budget erotic thriller that thrives on its grimyness. It does embrace its more surreal elements but this happens at a point when the plot feels oddly second fiddle to the sexual content.
Conclusively, Before the Night is Over does attempt to do something different but falls a bit short in the end.
Before the Night is Over screened as part of the Soho Horror Film Festival – Pride Edition.