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Dark Skies (2013)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 77
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 47

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.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 12

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.



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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


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Scott Stewart

May 28, 2013


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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (47) | DVD (4)

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

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There's little to fear from this rather tame genre outing.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Dark Skies is sort of supernatural, but it's really more super natural....[it's] about the fragility of family, a muted meditation on how precious it is.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source:
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Stewart has some lofty ambitions, some of which he almost fulfills.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Those elements are employed with consummate dexterity.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Dark Skies is a bore that even the most forgiving genre buffs will find difficult to defend or endure.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Dark Skies may not be a revelatory experience, but as a pure exercise in genre filmmaking, it excels.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
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".

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source:

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.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

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

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Dark Skies is a slow-burn paranormal horror film that spends way too much time on setup and not enough on reveal.

June 1, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

...the film, for the most part, contains many elements that have been employed in other similarly-themed endeavors...

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The movie promises fireworks--and it delivers.

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

yet another example of horror that can't make up its mind, and as a result, can't satisfy

May 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

What body-snatches this beyond being another haunted-home flick is the attention to family breakdown rather than another scare around the next dark corner. It's more about eerieness and creepiness than outlandish confrontations and gory shocks.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It could be a test case for copyright law.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Expectations of originality soon cloud over, leading towards the kind of quick ending at 97 minutes which kills any sign of blue sky thinking.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

It's never uninteresting.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

A moderately effective supernatural tale, an allegory for our anxious times in which a suburban American family appears to be targeted by some malign force that is, as we used to say, "not of this world".

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A baffling bore.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Zero points for originality, but interestingly messy at the same time.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

There are some good ideas here, just not enough frights.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

An old-fashioned scary movie; a sci-fi horror that is a workmanlike piece of film-making, with some effective shocks, cheerfully borrowing from other sources, most obviously Spielberg.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

If the dour home-invasion chiller Dark Skies needs one thing, it's aliens with more novel ideas.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Dark Skies is a good story, well told and one that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

A psychological thriller aiming to avoid the straitjacket of formula.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Dark Skies

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."
September 15, 2014
Mark Beckford

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It's quite clever that the makers of Dark Skies have picked three overdone genres; Psychological horror, Alien horror and Haunted house horror and somehow make them feel fresh and original. It's 1 part Poltergeist to 2 parts Close Encounters with a sprinkle of Body-snatchers for good measure. I didn't see the twist coming and it didn't suffer from the usual cliches such as 'Dad doesn't believe', 'Dog dies first' etc. The last few scenes were a little undercooked but I quite liked them for their originality and experimental risk. I don't really get most modern horrors but I thought this was pretty good.
March 5, 2014

Super Reviewer

3 3/4's. Creepy. Eerie. Decent job with the spooky background music, too. For once, a decent ending, too. Bad endings ruin films for me...this one pulled off a good one.
August 12, 2013

Super Reviewer

"The owls are not what they seem."

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July 20, 2013

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    1. Edwin Pollard: People think of these beings invading our planet as some great cataclysm, but it's not like that at all. The invasion already happened. You cannot escape them. Sooner or later, when they're ready, they will take your family.
    – Submitted by Pearl S (15 months ago)
    1. Daniel Barrett: Leave my son alone!
    – Submitted by Erick T (18 months ago)
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