The short film Nite Nite is writer/director Chad Meisenheimer’s mash-up of two time-honored horror conceits: the child who fears that a monster lurks in the bedroom at night, and the babysitter in peril. At a running time of just about three minutes, the short delivers a satisfying jolt of scary fun for the young and young-at-heart.
One night in 1985, a babysitter (Tommie Vegas of Party Night  and Another Evil Night ) tries putting her young charge (Brady Bond) to bed. He insists that before she leaves the room, she should check in certain areas for monsters, just like his father does. Although she doesn’t believe in monsters, and tells him so, she humors him and then talks to her friend Heather (Sarah Rhodes) on the phone. It is then that things began take a sinister turn.
Chad Meisenheimer takes this lean-and-mean plot and creates an effectively creepy three-minute short. He serves up an atmosphere that would feel right at home on the fondly remembered Are You Afraid of the Dark? or Monsters television series. Tommie Vegas and Brady Bond give nice, realistic performances that feel like there is a bond between the sitter and the boy.
Although Nite Nite may not shock or surprise most long-time horror aficionados, it is still a pleasant short that reminds viewers of what it was like to be a child with a vivid imagination when it was time for “lights out.” It also serves as a family-friendly slice of cinematic spookiness, something that this reviewer fully supports.
Chad Meisenheimer has announced that Nite Nite is the first installment of his Retro Horror Trilogy, with the next chapter being Little Girl in White, starring Denver Marcus and Monique Parent. Nite Nite is beginning its film festival run, and is one to put on your viewing schedule when it heads your way.
(3.8 / 5)