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Alone in the Dark (2005)



Average Rating: 1.7/10
Reviews Counted: 117
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 116

Inept on almost every level, Alone in the Dark may not work as a thriller, but it's good for some head-slapping, incredulous laughter.


Average Rating: 1.8/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 29

Inept on almost every level, Alone in the Dark may not work as a thriller, but it's good for some head-slapping, incredulous laughter.



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Edward Carnby is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac, and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke, Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don't believe in


Action & Adventure, Horror

Michael Roesch, Elan Mastai, Peter Scheerer

May 10, 2005


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Christian Slater and Stephen Dorff, the reigning princes of Hollywood schlock, join forces in this brain-dead adaptation of a popular video game.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Any chance for suspense is thwarted by gratuitous violence, heavy-metal-propelled action sequences and laughably flat dialogue between characters who are barely more developed than in the Atari version.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A violent and incomprehensible piece of gibberish.

February 3, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Maybe the only people who can explain this flick's nonsensical plotline are those who squandered their youth mastering the Atari video game on which it's based.

February 3, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The garish editing and stilted, exposition-only dialogue induce the frisson of an America's Most Wanted re-enactment that pays unexpected, sidesplitting returns.

February 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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When the giant, intelligent bees of the future sift through the ashes of our civilization, they will find Alone in the Dark, and they will understand. It's so bad it's postmodern.

February 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The horror. The hor-ror!

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

Lame monster movies like this adaptation of the popular Atari video game are scary for all the wrong reasons.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The late Gene Siskel once devised a simple method of measuring a film's worth: 'Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?' 'Alone in the Dark' doesn't come close to matching that standard.

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Comment (1)
San Francisco Examiner

There's nothing even remotely entertaining about this film -- audiences should stay home and play the original (or one of its numerous sequels) on Playstation instead.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

better than expected, but, considering the reputation of its author, this isn't much of an achievement

November 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Alone in the Dark pourrait figurer dans un dictionnaire en exemple frappant de ce que signifie insipide.

July 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Panorama

Eu devia ter suspeitado de algo quando meu aparelho de DVD pareceu se recusar a rodar este filme. E posso jurar que ele pediu um Cepacol depois que a tortura chegou ao fim.

July 16, 2005
Cinema em Cena

This is pretty close to one of the worse movies that I've ever seen and having to recap it is making my brain bleed..

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

As long as director Uwe Boll is given money to make films, we are guaranteed at least one unintentionally uproarious gut-buster a year.

June 15, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Boll's vague X-Files rip-off isn't scary or exciting, but inadvertently he's made a movie funnier than a lot of the purported comedies Hollywood cranks out.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

How Uwe Boll manages to scrape together enough investment money to give wing to this type of overblown, amateurish gibberish is truly a mystery of the cosmos...

March 30, 2005 Full Review

Little of Alone in the Dark makes Earthly sense, but it at least knows how to be bad in original ways.

March 1, 2005 Full Review

Has just about everything a snarky bad movie lover could want--that is, except a guy and two robots sitting in the bottom right hand corner.

February 27, 2005 Full Review Source:

Remember to get your bets in early as the Razzie winner for 2005.

February 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

You start hoping that Ashton Kutcher is going to come out and tell them they're punk'd, because you just can't believe this is for real. You feel sorry for these actors...

February 8, 2005 Full Review Source: CHUD

It's never good when the audience starts laughing as soon as the movie begins -- and nothing has happened.

February 7, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

For as busy as this movie is, you'd think it would have more going on. Instead, it's just a big, chewy wad of badness.

February 7, 2005 Full Review Source:

It's just the most inept filmmaking you can catch in theatres right now, or probably all year long.

February 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

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May 3, 2013
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March 23, 2013

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Alone in the Dark is Uwe Boll's worst, if that's even possible. Alone in the Dark is very bad, with bad acting, story and directing. The film stumbles around trying to find a purpose, but it never elevates to anything remotely good or creative. Action scenes are sloppy, too noisy and not well done. Equally bad is Tara Reid. This is a film that fails to hit the mark on so many levels, it's not even possible to salvage even if you'd remove all the crap scenes with Tara Reid. Alone in the Dark is a misguided attempt at creating an action Horror film, and it fails. This is one film that just doesn't deliver. You end up wondering why this film wasf8inanced in the first place and you're astounded at how Boll could pull something like this off. Alone in the Dark is the prime example as to why Video game to screen adaptations are horrible ideas for films, and they rarely work. Alone in the Dark is a poorly made film and you realize that Uwe Boll doesn't care about directing a good film that he's only in the business for the money. His films sell, so there's no reason for him to direct a good film, although he's managed to make three good flick s out of the fifteen or so he's made. This might have been an interesting idea for a film if it would have been handled properly. There were signs of potential, but it quickly became apparent that it was a pure joke fest. Everything that might have been interesting is wasted from the poorly conceived script, which feels rushed, with no heart put into its story to the washed up actors; this film was set to fail right before the cameras were set to roll. Avoid this horror flick, as it a mess from start to finish, and there's nothing good to come out of it aside from the heavy metal soundtrack.
May 19, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This is really bad, nothing like the games at all. Has some well known faces and the opening 10mins are pretty good with some cool SFX. After that though it becomes an Aliens rip off that is no where near as good!
April 3, 2011

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    1. Edward Carnby: My name is Edward Carnby, and I'm here to protect you from the things you don't believe.
    – Submitted by Jed G (24 months ago)
    1. Aline Cedrac: [slaps Edward] I thought you were dead, *sshole!
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
    1. Aline Cedrac: Some doors are meant to stay shut.
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
    1. Aline Cedrac: [points to Native American text on a cave wall] It's a warning! It says, 'Once you make it down here alive, you're already dead.'
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
    1. Delivery Guy: What the h*ll's 'Abkani'?
    2. '80s Sheriff: It's an ancient native american civilization.
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
    1. Edward Carnby: My name is Edward Carnby, and I'm here to protect you from the things you don't believe. You see, there's a world around you that you've trained youself not to see.
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
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