The Dark

2004

The Dark (2004)

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A Welch abattoir is the setting for series of mysterious occurrences that befall a young family who are haunted by the angry ghost of a child who died there.

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The clichés and plot devices are all so old hat, and the concept is so confusing and nonsensical...

Oct 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Enjoyable, well-acted thriller that's ultimately let down by a disappointing final reel. Impressive sheep-wrangling though.

Feb 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Definitely nothing to be afraid of here.

May 12, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The Dark is one of those rare horror films that actually improves as it moves forward.

Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

...a creepy and often genuinely frightening piece of work.

Apr 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Escuridão é pior do que um filme ruim: é um filme ruim que se recusa a chegar ao fim.

Jan 13, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for The Dark

Very nice and suspenful. Just my Piece of Cake.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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½

A mysterious young girl who supposedly died 50 years previously appears at the same time another is feared drowned and her mother is convinced she is somehow responsible. I had never heard of this film before, and with stars Maria Bello and Sean Bean who, without wishing to appear unkind, are firmly rooted in the B-list, I wasn't expecting much. But I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised. The Welsh setting and story based in local folklore reminded me very much of the old Hammer horrors of their heyday, which is married with stylish visuals obviously influenced by J horror. The result is a very M. Night Shyamalan type affair but it's actually done pretty well. I thought the twist ending was guilty of being a little too try hard but it didn't offend me and it's rather better than the similar The Orphanage, and a hell of a lot better than the shockingly over-rated The Others. And it's certainly a lot more atmospheric and original than 99% of other contemporary horror films. Not bad at all.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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½

Not a Bad Film by far, I have seen a lot worst, Ending a little strange, I wouldn't pay a large sum of Money to see this movie, Netflix or a Pawn Shop, Found mine for $2.00 and will addit to my collection.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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½

A chilling little horror film that contains shades of such classics as The Wicker Man, Don't Look Now, The Changeling etc. The film has a lot of emotion which helps to up the scre factor as well as making the audience more involved. The use of Welsh mythology is also a nice touch. Bean and Bello are brilliant and although similar to, this is vastly superior to the trash that was Silent Hill. The ending seems a bit too concerned with attempting to confuse the audience and some quick flashes seem to be there for cheap jumps. Overall this is an unsettling and beautifully shot horror. Perhaps it helped that I spend a lot of time in Wales in a cottage surrounded by Sheep, which of course made it more terrifying.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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