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Darkness

PG-13 Released Dec 25, 2004 1h 28m Horror List
5% Tomatometer 57 Reviews 31% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings
Paul (Stephan Enquist) and his older sister, Regina (Anna Paquin), unpack and settle into their new country home with their mother (Lena Olin) and father (Iain Glen). An atmosphere of dread slowly becomes evident in the house, and, before long, strange things are happening within its walls. As the supernatural occurrences get more intense and threatening, Regina looks into the house's dark history and struggles to uncover the reason behind the macabre presence. Read More Read Less
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Yet another predictable variation on the hoary old haunted-house movie, Darkness is an illogical, portentous mess.

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J. R. Jones Chicago Reader As in most bad horror flicks, intimations of unspeakable evil are supposed to distract us from the yawning gaps in story logic and character motivation. Jan 8, 2007 Full Review Time Out Even as the darkness closes in, there is never any real sense of dread. The slow-burning terror soon fizzles out, as does the damp squib of an ending. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Empire Magazine Back to horror school for you, Seor Balaguer. Rated: 2/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review Alistair Lawrence Common Sense Media This haunted house horror has all the ingredients for a decent supernatural thriller but ends up overcooking all of them. Rated: 1/5 Jun 30, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Nothing even remotely interesting occurs. Rated: 1.5/4 Dec 18, 2019 Full Review Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed There's the draw from the audience of potential scares and the good cast, but there's nothing ever delivered to us. Apr 29, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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sam s 8/10. The best (Unofficial) adaptation of Alone in the Dark. A good movie. A melhor adaptação (não oficial) de Alone in the Dark. Um bom filme. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a movie. People act in it and it appears to have been edited. It's terribly awful to watch, except maybe for the young dishy Anna Paquin. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review robert p An easy to explain movie starring Anna Paquin (of True Blood fame) who move into a haunted house where 40 years ago, it was the site of a Conjuration but at the last moment The Grandfather of his son realizes he did NOT love his son and thus the conjuration cannot proceed. Fast forward 40 years to present day and once again his Grandfather does love his son so the conversion can take place. Anna's character tries to save herself and her brother but alas the conjuration has succeeded and at the very end there are two cars one that is leaving that is doomed when driving thru a tunnel and another car with dopplegangers arrives to take their place. A very complex movie so I cannot give it a higher rating than *3* stars!!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Exceptional synopsis. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Louis S This was actually a good movie. I don't quite understand all the hate. It does a good job with the psychological horror. More than the jump, and chi of most newer movies. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/24/21 Full Review Audience Member I can't believe you gave this movie such a bad review. You think something is bad because you read what someone has said about it? I remember when it came out on video--I saw it 2 or 3 times and thought it was just fine. It was actually very good. It's not formulaic, and I enjoyed the performances of the actors. Giving this movie such a bad review makes me suspect your other critiques.... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Paul (Stephan Enquist) and his older sister, Regina (Anna Paquin), unpack and settle into their new country home with their mother (Lena Olin) and father (Iain Glen). An atmosphere of dread slowly becomes evident in the house, and, before long, strange things are happening within its walls. As the supernatural occurrences get more intense and threatening, Regina looks into the house's dark history and struggles to uncover the reason behind the macabre presence.
Director
Jaume Balagueró
Producer
Julio Fernández, Brian Yuzna
Screenwriter
Jaume Balagueró, Fernando de Felipe
Distributor
Miramax Films
Production Co
Fantastic Factory (Filmax), Via Digital, Castelao Producciones S.A., Dimension Films, Filmax International
Rating
PG-13 (Intense Terror Sequences|Disturbing Images|Language|Thematic Elements)
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 25, 2004, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 10, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
$22.2M
Runtime
1h 28m
Sound Mix
DTS, Dolby Digital, Surround
Aspect Ratio
Scope (2.35:1)
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