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Darkness (2004)

Darkness (2004)




Critic Consensus: Yet another predictable variation on the hoary old haunted-house movie, Darkness is an illogical, portentous mess.

Movie Info

Three weeks ago, just before the lunar eclipse, American teenager Regina and her family moved into a charming old house in the remote Spanish countryside. Since then, nothing has been the same. Day by day, a strange force seems to be pulling the family apart and Regina is the only one brave enough to search for answers. However, she is about to discover the answers to all her questions lie deep within the walls of their new home: something has been waiting here for her family's arrival; something ancient and wicked; something looking for retribution; a force as bottomless and hungry as the dark itself. Now, darkness is closing in on Regina's family, and she's their only chance for survival.more
Rating: PG-13 (for disturbing images, intense terror sequences, thematic elements and language)
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jaume Balagueró, Fernando de Felipe, Martin Wood, Alon Kaplan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 26, 2005
Box Office: $22.0M
Miramax Films - Official Site


Lena Olin
as Maria
Fermí Reixach
as Villalobos
Francesc Pages
as Driver in Traffic Ja...
Craig Stevenson
as Electrician
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Critic Reviews for Darkness

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (14)

As in most bad horror flicks, intimations of unspeakable evil are supposed to distract us from the yawning gaps in story logic and character motivation.

Full Review… | January 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Even as the darkness closes in, there is never any real sense of dread. The slow-burning terror soon fizzles out, as does the damp squib of an ending.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A plodding, portentous horror thriller in which a spooky child figures prominently and people speak in hushed tones about sinister doings.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

There's the draw from the audience of potential scares and the good cast, but there's nothing ever delivered to us.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

This baffling, unintentionally sidesplitting horror show has opened just in time to qualify as the worst film of the year.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

...ultimately comes off as nothing less than a total disaster.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Darkness

Such a suck ass movie.

The acting and script are so awful it makes me nauseous. The entire plot was horribly executed as well. It was such a boring movie.

I would also like the punch in the face whoever did the film editing. Some parts were trying to be suspenseful, but the film editing was so awful it seemed like the movie was having a seizure. In one part where the lights go off, the camera is focused on the father's bleeding hand, then it switches upstairs to the boy's room, then rushes outside and focuses on some swings in the rain (wtf??? so random), then goes back to the father's hand, then goes upstairs, then goes downstairs where the mother is trying to turn on the lights....it's like the movie has freakin ADD. This movie needs some medication.

The potential was there, but everything else was not.

Japes .

Super Reviewer

Boring does not even begin to describe Darkness. Three times, I've attempted to watch the entirety of Darkness. Three times. The results? A brisk walk out of the movie theater after 20 minutes on attempt number one, a pleasant, unplanned nap after 24 minutes during attempt number two, and a quick trip to the garbage can to make a dvd "deposit" after the 30 minute mark on my final try. Netflix, I'm sorry I threw away your dvd, but I truly think that I did you (and the world) a favor.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer


This is an ok thriller/horror.....but it's one of those that is all about the build up with a slightly disappointing ending. If you like ghost story type films you may enjoy it more.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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