Carter Jenkins

'Nightlight' does little to illuminate found-footage genre

'Nightlight' does little to illuminate found-footage genre

Centered on youngsters tempting fate in reputedly haunted woods, "Nightlight" has all the trappings of your garden-variety found-footage horror flick: murky, shaky cinema verité that disorients and leaves much to your imagination. But the film's POV shots aren't as seen through the typical viewfinder. Instead, it presents the perspective of a flashlight.

While the premise is as absurd as it sounds, it does buck the trend of recent found-footage films that defy their internal logic with parts not produced by cameras available within the story.

After the unpopular Ethan (Kyle Fain) commits suicide, his only friend, Robin (Shelby Young), and four cool kids...