Wicked Unveils Finale of James Avalon's Noir Homage 'Dark Is the Night'

Wicked Unveils Finale of James Avalon's Noir Homage 'Dark Is the Night'

LOS ANGELES — Wicked Pictures has released the conclusion to writer/director James Avalon’s Wicked Noir feature, “Dark Is The Night.” 

Produced by Axel Braun, the new sequence showcases Kenna James and Seth Gamble, who co-star in the feature alongside Kiara Cole and Nathan Bronson.

Braun, Wicked's head of production, described “Dark Is The Night” as “a true love letter to the film noir genre. In my opinion it’s James Avalon’s masterpiece. We are not just looking at an adult movie anymore; this is a feature with so much emotional power and such a level of cinematic skill that it would easily rival many mainstream movies you see on Netflix today.

"The cinematography, the set design, the acting — I couldn’t be more proud of Seth, Kenna, Nathan, Kiara and everybody in the crew, because they all came together as a team to help realize the director’s ambitious vision," Braun said.

Avalon’s moody, tightly-plotted psychodrama follows a bored housewife (James) as she uses her arcane skills and feral sexuality to explore the troubled mind of a mysterious man (Gamble) to whom she has rented a room. On the surface, this enigmatic stranger appears to be the ideal new tenant. He’s soft-spoken and charming — everything her loutish, insensitive husband (Nathan Bronson) isn’t.

The newly released conclusion features James and Gamble in the climatic sex scene.

“It was a big day, and we covered a lot of ground, from dialogue and transitional material to the sex," Avalon said of the production's finale. "But there was never any doubt that we would not only succeed, but surpass expectations, as the actors were extremely prepared — Seth and Kenna both had very precise notes and thoughts about their characters.

“They really are the top actors in the industry and they were perfect for this type of feature,” Avalon added.

Avalon also singled out industry veteran Kylie Ireland, who served as art director on the feature, as a contributor to the success of the final act.

“As often happens, we had to switch out some locations just before filming began,” the director offered. “But Kylie worked wonders to make locations match. Her art direction for this project was flawless, and as a result some scenes that could have posed challenges in the editing room cut together seamlessly.”

Leading man Gamble offered his thanks Braun for “allowing us the opportunity to express ourselves so openly in all the films he produces. I truly believe ‘Dark Is The Night’ is one of the best projects I’ve ever had the fortune of doing, and I’m very grateful to have a friend and colleague like James Avalon. It was an honor to help him bring this to life.”

The conclusion of "Dark Is The Night" premieres today exclusively on wicked.com.  

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