The film Nightmaster, directed by Mark Joffe, was originally released in Australia under the title Watch the Shadows Dance. It seems to have been given the new title for its DVD release; of course, I can find no reference to a theatrical release for it ever, so it may have been a direct-to-video release when it was made in 1987. The DVD cover features Nicole Kidman prominently, as it was one of her earlier roles, and she is by far the biggest name to have been in the film; though she’s not the actual star of the film, the cover isn’t completely lying, as she does feature as the romantic lead.
The star is Tom Jennings, as Robby Mason, a student at a private school. By day, Robby, his girlfriend/rival Amy (Kidman), and their friends take classes under Miss Spane (Joanne Samuel) and karate under Steve Beck (Vince Martin). By night, they participate in a competitive obstacle course in which they try to tag each other with paintball guns and be the first to reach the target in an abandoned factory converted by their classmate Simon (Jeremy Shadlow). Continue reading