Dark House (2009)





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Movie Info

A cutting-edge haunted house attraction is constructed inside a foster home that was the scene o a gruesome murder spree, and the young performers begin to die in the most horrible ways imaginable when the killer's ghost is stirred from its slumber. Charismatic and flamboyant, Walston Rey (Jeffrey Combs) is a true master of illusion. Upon discovering a derelict foster home where a killer named Janet Darrode murdered several children, Walston believes he has found the perfect venue for his most … More

Rating: R (for horror violence and gore, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Kerry Douglas Dye, Darin Scott
On DVD: Sep 28, 2010
Lightning Media - Official Site


as Walston Rey

as Claire

as Ms. Darrode

as Paula Clark

as Moreton
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Critic Reviews for Dark House

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Despite a nice twist at the end and at least one deliciously demonic over-the-top performance, it's about as scary as The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Regrettably, Scott the director is better than Scott the writer - the script is standard-issue, by the numbers, with no sense of character development.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Just works as a haunted house movie for the modern era, flaws and all.

Full Review… | June 9, 2012
Cinema Crazed

A very mild haunted house opus whose low-budget special effects prove more risible than scary.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Dark House


Dark House is a low budget Horror film that tries too hard to be in the same league as the Hollywood productions. The question is, does it work? Well no. The cast here do a below average job at acting, and the script is pretty weak. Which is a shame because the idea for this film was pretty interesting, unfortunately it's budget limitations are in the way along with a bad script. Re-Animator actor, Jeffrey Combs plays in this film, and he's often amusing, but he lacks the flair that made him great in Re-Animator. Dark House has too many loose ends to be a good story, and definitely a below average film that doesn't quite succeed on what it promises to deliver. If the cast was better chosen, and I'm not talking about Combs, maybe this film would have been a better one, unfortunately the film feels flat, the scares aren't real. The film ends up feeling quite boring, and it feels like it drags on. Dark House really had the potential in being a great film, unfortunately it's just another low-budget horror blunder. There were some good ideas at work here, unfortunately the film never succeeds at delivering something good and unique. The film falls apart, and it becomes derivative and uninteresting. I think it's a shame because there were some fairly interesting ideas here, unfortunately due to a bad script, and poor directing, the film never takes off and becomes a misfire. Dark House is a bad film that I can't recommend because it's simply a film that doesn't work to entertain its audience.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Semi-interesting with a somewhat generic premise... you've seen it before but it's enough to pass the time.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

How come Danso Gordon's head came back in the end? If the police was right then yeah, that's okay then. But the ending definitely didn't agreed with the police. The story was L-A-M-E. Will not make any sense in any angle. That house didn't look creepy at all. And why did that girl (who entered the house in the beginning) roamed around here and there as if she was in a museum of dead people? And also, I think it will be a bit offensive for religious people if they see the Bible burning thingy.
Special effects were the only jewelery of this movie to show off. There were some moments I literally jumped. But that's about it. The twist at the end was good. But not good enough to recommend anyone to watch this.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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