NIGHTCRAWLER – wolves on the Vampire shift

On the hunt for footage

It helps if you don't really like people

You have to be a heartless bastard to work at TV news – I know, I did. And this film had me in fits of laughter, because it depicted the craze of metier so very well. “If it bleeds, it leads”, one NIGHTCRAWLER tells another, and so they go and try to be at the scene of (hopefully fatal) crimes and accidents before the colleagues get there. Or even before the police does. Gives you time to move a body into the headlights to get a better shot at it. Wide angle and close up. When Lou Bloom (a brilliant Jake Gyllenhaal) did that, I laughed like a hyena … I’m a heartless bastard. TV producer Nina (Rene Russo) depends on Lou’s work in order to fulfil quota and keep her job, and at some point she falls in love with the guy … or was it the footage where he calmly films his partner getting killed? Ah, he’d wanted to fire the guy anyhow. NIGHTCRAWLER is a very good word for those real life camera freelancers who listen to police radio, rush to crimes and accidents at night and capture footage to sell it to the TV news stations. I loved the full moon hinting to their predatory nature. The film saw its Europe première at Zurich Film Festival.

About Elisabeth Schabus 477 Articles
I see, I like, I write ... mostly about cinema and actors, but also about politics or economy. In English, auf Deutsch, på svenska. This ORF trained news journalist (TV, radio), who has also worked in corporate publishing for international brands and written/edited tons of magazines, has become a blogger out of passion.


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