Critical Mass: 'Nightcrawler' is creepy, a Halloween delight

October 31, 2014 7:03 PM

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Critical Mass: 'Nightcrawler' is creepy, a Halloween delight

You could be kind and suggest that the term “nightcrawler” refers simply to a person who owns the midnight hours, sort of like a night-owl. But in Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, the title refers to the the cold-blooded vultures who chase the bloodiest crime scenes in order to capture the gore on video for television news. They truly are worms that wiggle to the surface at night, and the wormiest of all is Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom.

Part Rupert Pupkin, part Weegee, Lou finds his true calling with a camera and police scanner, and he quickly becomes Rene Russo’s desperate news-director’s go-to source for the must-have disaster footage that yields big ratings. Gyllenhaal, who played a police detective in Prisoners whose nervous ti...

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