April 17th, 1998


more trailers Nightwatch

Ewan McGregor plays a law student who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue. He begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a serial of murders.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.2/10 (9,106 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Director: Ole Bornedal

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette

Ewan McGregor plays a law student who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue. He begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a serial of murders.

Writers: Ole Bornedal, Ole Bornedal

Ewan McGregor - Martin Bells
Patricia Arquette - Katherine
Josh Brolin - James Gallman
Lauren Graham - Marie
Nick Nolte - Inspector Thomas Cray
Brad Dourif - Duty Doctor
Alix Koromzay - Joyce
Lonny Chapman - Johnson, Old Watchman
Erich Anderson - Newscaster
Scott Burkholder - College Professor
Michael Matthys - Guy in Pub
Alison Gale - Girlfriend of Guy in Pub
Robert LaSardo - Pub Thug
Mongo - Pub Thug
Candy Ann Brown - Female Paramedic

Taglines: He's a full-time college student who just took the wrong part-time job. Now he's the final piece in a brilliant serial killer's puzzle.

Release Date: 17 April 1998

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $585,733 (USA) (19 April 1998) (300 Screens)

Gross: $1,154,237 (USA) (3 May 1998)

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Did You Know?

The black and white picture of the guy on death row in the cabin is the same one used in the original version of this movie ( Nightwatch).

Inspector Thomas Cray: Most people, when they see something like this, their immediate reaction is to ask how could somebody do this and why. Even when we catch the killer, they want to know the how and why. In movies or television, the killer always explains the how or why...

User Review

Creepiest Movie That You Never Even Heard Of

Rating: 7/10

This one of those little movies that never got much in the line of studio promotion or advertising budget. You might have seen it, single copy on the bottom of the Video Rental Shelf. You probably passed it by, assuming it was some 'straight to video' D-Grade Horror, or maybe some embarrassing first film of Ewan McGregors being resurrected to cash in on his new fame?

If you love creepy suspense thrillers than I bet you will be as surprised as i was. ITS GOOD!

I might have a psychological bias since I have worked in a morgue, but the cold wet atmosphere, chilling lighting and downright suspense had me creeped out and twitching all the way through.

Ewan McGregor is solid as always and a fantastic sympathetic character if there ever was one. I really have to say something about Josh Brolin here - what a great performance. A scene between him and Alix Koromzay (Joyce) was one of those amazing little scenes you cant forget! Let me also say something about Nick Nolte in this - FREAKY. Some might find his character 'too predictable' but I don't think you need to worry about finding out 'who done it' either, you just cringe and chill at how bloody creepy Nolte is!

Yes, this is somewhat campy and occasionally wry and I loved it - Brad Dourif makes something of a 'Cameo' (not really but with him it feels like it heh) and you gotta smile at that. It doesn't abuse the tongue in cheekiness though.. It really does take itself just seriously enough to win.

European to American Remakes often fall short but this time the same Director made both and well done! Direction was absolutely perfect for me and I found it clever enough and creepy enough to give it a very solid Seven out of Ten.

Definitely one of those 'Under-rated but surprisingly good!' movies and its a shame most people never saw it come and go!