Horror Fuel Reviews The Premiere Of TNT’s “I Am The Night”

January 29, 2019

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: horrorfuelinfo@gmail.com

Into Am the Night“, the new series from TNT has just premiered and I ‘d like to share my thoughts with you.
The series centers on Pat, a beautiful young woman searching for where she belongs and a family hiding dark secrets. Pat’s mother is a verbally abusive alcoholic who resents her daughter. She blames Pat for her failed dream to become a singer. Despite this, Pat has grown into a sweet, but naive young woman. When she learns that she was adopted she searches through her mother’s things and discovers her birth certificate. Upon ambushing her mother with her discovery she learns that her real name is Fauna Hodel. Desperate to learn more about her family she calls her grandfather George and is invited to visit L.A. Following a fight with her mom she sets off to meet her birth family, not knowing the dangers she will soon face.

The series also follows disgraced journalist Jay Singletary (Chris Pine), a down on his luck drug addict who is desperately chasing what might be his biggest story yet, the story of a doctor who may be the killer of the Black Dalia, George Hodel. When he meets Fauna the two stories become one as they set out to find Fauna’s biological mother and begin to suspect that George is indeed a dangerous man.
Underworld: Awakening actress India Eisley stars as Fauna/Pat. Eisley nailed her performance as Fauna. She makes the girl’s innocence, heartache, and her desperation to find where she belongs believable.
Chris Pine‘s character Jay comes off as a sad man, desperate for redemption after the case of the sexual abuse case between George and his daughter Tamar ruined his career years before. After he gets an anonymous tip that George is the monster he thought he was he’s back on the case which leads him to Fauna.

The premiere episode takes its time as it lays out the story, but don’t let that deter you. The series picks up speed in the next episode. Watch the first episode closely, it contains key details that are very important to the story.
One of the most disturbing parts of this series is that it is based on a true story. The real Fauna passed away in 2017 but did live the life laid out before you in the series.  As for George in reality, he’s long been the main suspect in the Black Dalia case. In fact, his son Steve has written several books with details of the case in an attempt to prove George was the man who butchered Elizabeth Short in 1947. The Black Dalia case remains one to the most prominent and gruesome unsolved cases in U.S. history. The body of Elizabeth Short was discovered on an empty lot, laying near the road. She was cut in half, drained of blood and had an ear to ear grin carved in her face.
They really nailed the details of the era and most importantly, the true story which is disturbing on so many levels.  The series will pull you in and keeps you hooked, desperate to see the next episode. It plays on your every emotion, sadness for the life Fauna has led, pity for Jay, anger, and disgust at George for what he did to Fauna’s mother and the Black Dalia.
I’ll be honest, I’ve seen several episodes (we’ll talk about those later) and I’m ready to declare “I Am the Night” as one of the best new series of 2019!

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