Darkness (2002 film)

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Darkness AKA The Dark (2002 film)

Summary

A house. A past. A secret. Will you dare enter? A family unpacks and settles into their new country home in Spain, while 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, the teen daughter looks into the house's dark history and struggles to uncover the reason behind the macabre presence.

Details

  • Release Date: 2002
  • Country/Language: USA/Spain, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Mystery
  • Runtime: 1 hr 28 min
  • Starring: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen
  • Director: Jaume Balagueró
  • Writer: Jaume Balagueró, Fernando de Felipe, Miguel Tejada-Flores
  • Producer/Production Co: Castelao Producciones, Dimension Films, Filmax International, Miramax
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG-13 (Violence, mild Adult Content, Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

A Gothic horror film in much the same spirit as Poe, Lovecraft, and the Lovecraft circle. The house's blueprint represents some sort of sanity-bending gate/summoning spell used by cultists to conjure an eldritch horror of Darkness....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Horror News dotnet, (link) - "My take is that we’ve become “way” too accustomed to endings that “feel” that need to end on rainbows. “Darkness” ignores this concept and goes for the guttural reaction….the ultimate darkness, if you may. To me, that is refreshing and unsettling to the celebration of the horror motive itself...."


Synopsis

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A family unpacks and settles into their new country home, while 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, the teenaged daughter looks into the house's dark history and struggles to uncover the reason behind the macabre presence.


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