Dark Skies (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Dark Skies writer director Scott Stewart has a solid cast, an interesting premise, and some admirable ambitions, but he can't figure out what to do with any of them, and the result is a dull, muddled effort that will bore all but the most devoted horror buffs.


Movie Info

From the producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Stewart
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2013
Box Office: $17.4M
Runtime:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site

Cast


as Lacy Barrett

as Daniel Barret

as Jesse Barrett

as Sam Barrett

as Edwin Pollard

as Kevin Ratner

as Shelly Jessop

as Bobby Jessop

as Richard Klein

as Young Father

as Young Mother

as Young Daughter

as Police Officer

as Protection One Opera...

as Security System Tech...

as Janice Rhodes

as Young Husband

as Alex Holcombe

as Doctor Jonathan Koop...

as Ratner's Father

as Gun Salesman

as Porn Star
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Critic Reviews for Dark Skies

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (16)

Time and again, Stewart squanders the opportunity to do anything remotely interesting or worthwhile ...

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Sneaks by being a retread, mainly because of the really thick tension and suspense [the director] pulls off with an effective score and sharp direction.

Full Review… | October 3, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Dark Skies may not be a revelatory experience, but as a pure exercise in genre filmmaking, it excels.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Dark Skies won't totally scratch that itch for a good scare, but it's a welcome treat for those who follow the old X-Files credo, "The truth is out there".

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
Examiner.com

When writer-director Scott Stewart eventually reveals his hand, the film loses its way, but Hamilton and Russell's solidly convincing performances keep things more grounded than you might expect.

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
Movie Talk

Dark Skies unveils its horror slowly, creating a suspenseful ride that feels satisfying even though we're traveling a familiar road.

Full Review… | June 7, 2013

Audience Reviews for Dark Skies

½

Genuinely creepy at the end, though starts out quite lame and even dull.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

This movies goes into the "I was pleasantly surprised" category. The trailer was a yawner and the apparent premise initially screamed "overdone!" A family is creeped out by a a bunch of weird, unexplainable things happening in their suburban home. While this movie is not original as a whole, there are surprisingly original and creepy scenes to entertain even the most jaded horror fan.

While at first it feels like a "made-for-TV" movie, the performances start growing on you and as you finally get an idea of what is really going on, you're hooked. Compared to Director Scott Stewart's previous outings, "Legion" and "Priest," this is the best of the bunch, and frankly, the best of the most recent suburban, lamely titled fright-flicks (like "Possession").

Mark B.
Mark Beckford

Super Reviewer

This movies goes into the "I was pleasantly surprised" category for those movies that are better-than-you-expected. The trailer was a yawner and the apparent premise initially screamed "overdone!" (Family is creeped out by a a bunch of weird, unexplainable things happening in their suburban home.) While this movie is not original in any way as a whole, there are surprisingly original and creepy scenes to entertain even the most jaded horror fan. While at first it feels like a "made-for-TV" movie, the performances start growing on you and as you finally get an idea of what is really going on, you're hooked. Compared to Director Scott Stewart's previous outings, "Legion" and "Priest," this is the best of the bunch, and frankly, the best of the most recent suburban, lamely titled fright-flicks like "Possession."

Mark Beckford
Mark Beckford

Super Reviewer

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