The Everlasting Nightmare
Directed by Elliot Strange
Produced by Randall Emmett, George Furla, Vincent Newman, Tucker Tooley, Samuel Hadida, Elliot Strange
Written by Elliot Strange
Screenplay by Owen Emerson, Kenji Eno
Story by Kenji Eno
Based on D2
Starring Various
Music by Trent Reznor
Editing by Elliot Strange

Check Studios Emmett/Furla Films

Newman/Tooley Films

Davis Films

Film4 Productions

Impact Pictures

Distributed by First Look Media
Release date(s) May 3rd, 2003
Running time 160 minutes

United States

United Kingdom


Language English, French
Budget $30,000,000
Box office $750,432,600
The Everlasting Nightmare is a 2003 American/British/French/Canadian psychological horror film that's based on the video game D2. It has been considered to be one of the biggest collaborations in cinematic history, thanks to the various producers and funding companies tied to it. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but it performed very well at the box-office.

Production Edit

The film was directed by Elliot Strange, who was also responsible for adaptations based on D and Enemy Zero. Kenji Eno, who worked on all three games helped supervise the project and contributed to the screenplay. Early drafts identified the film as D2: The Everlasting Nightmare, but Strange changed it, removing the reference to the D series after realizing that the original film and television adaptations are no longer relevant.

Randall Emmett, George Furla, Vincent Newman and Tucker Tooley were tied to the project as producers. Channel 4 in the United Kingdom helped fund the movie and provide additional cast members and shooting areas. Wanting to get additional resources, Strange also pitched the film to Samuel Hadida, and he joined the production of the film through his company Davis Films, enabling additional filming in France. First Look Media became the distributor of the film after Millennium Films turned down the project.

Due to the copious amount of companies that worked on the film, their credits are shown at the very end of the film. On US prints, only the First Look Media logo is present (original theatrical prints featured no logos at the beginning)

Plot Edit

Laura Parton falls asleep on an airplane trip to an undisclosed location. After being jolted awake by a tone over the airplane's PA system and a friendly conversation with a fellow passenger named David, a group of terrorists, who seem to be guided by some kind of mysterious cultist chanting to himself, suddenly and violently takes control of the plane. David, who turns out to be a special agent within the FBI, attempts to stop the terrorists, but he is thwarted when a meteorite strikes the plane, sending it crashing into the Canadian wilderness. After a series of bad dreams, Laura awakens in a small cabin being cared for by Kimberly Fox, a poet and songwriter who also survived the crash. She explains that ten days have passed since the accident, although Kimberly had only found her some distance from the crash site two days prior, leaving a strange eight-day gap where she was mysteriously taken care of. The moment of peace is broken when another survivor, one of the hijackers, staggers into the cabin before suddenly transforming into a hideous plant-like monster. Here, Laura and Kimberly meet Parker Jackson, a CETIresearcher and fellow crash survivor who drives out the monster, only to be driven out himself by a distrusting Kimberly.

Laura then sets out into the wilderness in order to investigate the possibility of contacting the outside world and seeking out other survivors only to discover that more strange, hideous creatures are lurking in the area, as something is causing the crash survivors to mutate into the very same monsters she must avoid and battle while travelling through the region. She is driven deeper into the mystery when she must venture into an abandoned mining facility in order to locate Jannie, a lost little girl Kimberly had found along with Laura and one of the plane's former passengers.

Reception Edit

The Everlasting Nightmare received mixed reviews. Criticism went towards the more technical aspects of the film, while praise went towards the involvement of the programmer of the game the film is based on and the genuinely creepy atmosphere. The film currently has a 61% on Rotten Tomatoes and is considered to be one of the best video game based movies of the period.

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