When the Shadows Lay Darkest (1997)

Mike Matei / December 3rd, 1997

This is a little animated movie I made in 1997, on a program called 3D Movie Maker. You can pick scenery, change camera angles, record audio, select characters, change their clothes, make them move. Most of the actions include dancing or jumping, but I did everything I could to make it look like they were fighting, so I really had to push the limits of the software to make the characters do what I wanted.

Also, I was running Windows 95 on an old PC with a 3 GB hardrive. With a movie over 20 minutes, I was lucky when it would load.

The only way I was able to record it, was on my old VHS camera pointed at the monitor.
3 things you’ll hear that don’t belong are
1) a telephone ringing.
2) my dog barking.
3) my sister yelling at me.

I wish the quality could be better, but I’m fortunate the tape still exists.


  • kingofmonsters

    May 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    i like cheessy halloween/horror based home movies

  • bludgeonthedead

    June 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    haha i had this program too, made a movie using the same scene. You really had to use imagination, on that limited animation.I had the Simpson Movie Maker also.

  • July 27, 2010 at 2:27 am

    it remind me the trilogy of alone in the dark

  • TheOzcarSound

    September 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

    hehe funny music

  • videogameobserver

    October 3, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Dude, I would’ve killed to have my own computer in ’95, let alone something that worked in 3D. I was still watching kids at school who strong armed for the computer to play Oregon Trail HAHA

  • StumpeRIFIC

    October 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    He-Hey! That was excellent! What should we do now?

  • October 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    You should consider making a live-action movie based on this story. I would totally audition for the role of the mad scientist!

    This reminds me of Black Widow Games’ ‘They Hunger’ trilogy crossed with ye olde DOS version of ‘The Last Half of Darkness’. I also see a touch of the original ‘Alone in the Dark’, but I’ve only ever played the 4th one, so I’d say it leans more toward ‘They Hunger’ in terms of subject matter.

  • Rasengan999

    January 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    My favorite part:

    “Ooooo! I told you there were zombies here!” … … *KICK*

  • Rasengan999

    January 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Oh yeah, and when the gang member ran into the street light thing.

  • LazerBlade

    February 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Absolutely amazing friend!

  • jopoloco011190

    March 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    you’re the best B)
    here in argentina we still do some shitty movies with this program… and i’m a 20 year old guy…

  • Freaknut

    March 21, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Dang. I’m so glad I finally got to see this whole thing (thanks working internet connection!). Awesome.

  • chrisRAWRZ

    March 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    great stuff man.

  • Lethal Hamster

    April 22, 2011 at 12:46 am

    The skeletons really remind me of those off of Castlevania on the N64 haha. Great vid.

  • NihonFreakMB

    April 27, 2011 at 2:59 am

    This is actually a lot like watching Final Fantasy VII, with the nicely done static backgrounds and primitive, often glitchy 3D characters. I love how they walk through windows and tables and stuff.

  • July 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    “I’m gonna beat’cha down!”

    “He-hey! That was excellent! What should we do now?”

  • January 31, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    lol at the part where the zombie master was gliding around the main character.

    • January 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Also, lol at the part where the antagonist falls off the balcony and that skeleton is just standing there looking at him.

  • January 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    HOLY SHIT. YOU used 3d movie maker! I made movies with it until a few years ago. Im Sad there is still no thing like this app. (Maybe Garri’s mod but it’s not the same at all) Great soft. Too bad it never had a second version.

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  • LightningLuigi

    January 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Lol, that was a lot of fun to watch. You could definitely squeeze some enjoyment out of those old movie maker programs.

  • Santiago Arias

    January 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Made me laugh so bad! Good job there!
    I remember using this program as a kid, it was so much fun!

  • January 21, 2013 at 6:40 am

    ‘Microsoft 3D Movie Maker’ ftw!!! I still have it & the Nickelodeon one too :p great fun. I thought ‘The Movies’ was going to be like it. But it’s not as sand-box.

  • May 22, 2013 at 2:14 am

    This movie was awesome, especially considering what you had to work with!

  • remus jacobs

    December 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

    3D movie maker was awesome. too bad you couldnt export the video’s. Theres actually some really good 3D movie maker films on youtube. i was very impressed.

  • Behemoth

    December 21, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I loved playing this program when I was younger, loved the zombie skins too, love the Kung fu fighting animation you can do with all the models too, I wish I still had it tbh

  • Will

    December 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Haha that was awesome! I’ve had so much fun in the past playing around with 3D Movie Maker and I really appreciate the time it must’ve taken to make this

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