Dark Skies (2013)
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.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Horror|
|Directed By:||Scott Stewart|
|Written By:||Scott Stewart|
|In Theaters:||Feb 22, 2013 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 28, 2013|
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Critic Reviews for Dark Skies
Time and again, Stewart squanders the opportunity to do anything remotely interesting or worthwhile ...
Works perfectly well as a turn-off-the-lights (and be-willing-to-play-along) piece of sci-fi-sprinkled horror amusement.
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.
Dark Skies may not be a revelatory experience, but as a pure exercise in genre filmmaking, it excels.
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".
Audience Reviews for Dark Skies
An average horror movie that manages to build some efficient tension for the most part of it, even if it doesn't offer anything original about abduction phenomenon that we haven't seen before in better works - say, The X-Files. The end is satisfying, though.
Genuinely creepy at the end, though starts out quite lame and even dull.
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").
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