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Dark Touch (2013)


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At night, an isolated house deep in the countryside takes on a monstrous life of its own. Objects and furniture run riot against the inhabitants, leaving 11-year-old Neve the only survivor of a bloody massacre that destroys the bodies of her parents and culminates in the death of her little brother, Ciaran. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Neve when she tries to tell them about the murderous rage of the house. She is taken in by friends of her parents who, with the help



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Wielding his camera with jumpy precision, Mr. Conroy infuses even chaotic motion with stabilizing elegance.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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For all its soaring cutlery, Dark Touch, like much of the best horror, works the fears that connect to real life.

April 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's hampered by its need for easy resolutions and horror set pieces, neither quite embracing nor escaping its genre roots.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
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A frank and powerful horror film about the disastrous and irrevocable effects of child abuse.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: FEARnet

Dark Touch employs the sensational trappings of a horror film to explore the real world horrors of child abuse.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source:

Dark Touch is meant to touch a nerve, not merely spook. It's about deeper fears, and realer monsters.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Elegantly atmospheric indie horror drama plumbs typically unseen depths of children's coping mechanisms in the face of terrible real-life experience.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Like Carrie without the religion, or Village of the Damned without the aliens, Dark Touch is uncompromising, utterly chilling, and actually about something - the misuse of power, whether a parent's or a child's. It is also unmissable.

August 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Grolsch Film Works
Grolsch Film Works

De Van appears to think that throwing every horror cliche in the book at something will make for atmosphere.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

...the young Ms. Keating is almost supernaturally skilled in her ability to modulate between disturbed and confident. Tragically, you're never thinking this is a child actor, but rather that this is a genuinely broken kid.

April 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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Dark Touch seems to reside almost completely in a realm of fantasy that isn't Neve's own and borders perilously and atonally on camp.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Very classy and stylish horror thryller comes from Ireland and it is a co-production of more European countries on a subject of child abuse, thanks to the searing imagination of writer/director Marina de Van. It was an interesting story happening in a remote town in Ireland, where eleven-year-old Neve finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Neve insists that the culprit is the house, not a suspecting gang of homicidal vandals - but the police ignored her explanation. Because there is no easy way out of the trauma she suffers, closest neighbours Nat and Lucas take her in their home with the supervision of a social worker. Neve stays in the bedroom of their daughter who died from cancer.


Marina de Van's work is well known in the European film circles. She has written with Francois Ozon (8 Women), and her daring first feature, In My Skin, included her main character eating her own flesh! Her second feature was Don't Look Back and managed to be screened at Cannes in 2009, because her films are always intense, intellectual and in particularly brutally honest. I think that this is a good movie but relies too much on clichés which sometimes become overwhelming. And, it doesn't matter how much I love Irish acting, in this movie I witnessed some of the bad ones. The movie had some heavy weight moments which prepared us to witness mature and complex approach but the acting wasn't up to it. The acting team was more suited for a light-hearted fun romp and this was far away from it. Young Marie Missy Keating was an exemption.

If you are interested to see and hear a women's perspective in horror, try it. Multilayered and sometimes slow, with lots to improve on acting level - it's still a welcome viewing for real fans of horror.
October 18, 2013
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