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.

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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 of what is after their family. Written and Directed by Scott Stewart (PRIEST, LEGION) Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J.K. Simmons (c) Weinstein
PG-13 (for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Keri Russell
as Lacy Barrett
Josh Hamilton
as Daniel Barret
Dakota Goyo
as Jesse Barrett
Kadan Rockett
as Sam Barrett
J.K. Simmons
as Edwin Pollard
L.J. Benet
as Kevin Ratner
Annie Thurman
as Shelly Jessop
Jake Washburn
as Bobby Jessop
Ron Ostrow
as Richard Klein
Tom Costello
as Young Father
Marion Kerr
as Young Mother
Alyvia Alyn Lind
as Young Daughter
Josh Stamberg
as Police Officer
Tiffany Jeneen
as Protection One Operator
Brian Stepanek
as Security System Technician
Judith Moreland
as Janice Rhodes
Adam Schneider
as Young Husband
Jessica Fay Borden
as Young Wife
Trevor St. John
as Alex Holcombe
Andy Umberger
as Doctor Jonathan Kooper
Michael Patrick McGill
as Ratner's Father
Josh Wingate
as Gun Salesman
Alexandra Fulton
as Porn Star
Scott Anthony
as Porn Star
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Critic Reviews for Dark Skies

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (16)

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

There's little to fear from this rather tame genre outing.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
Top Critic

Stewart has some lofty ambitions, some of which he almost fulfills.

Full Review… | February 24, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Those elements are employed with consummate dexterity.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Dark Skies is a bore that even the most forgiving genre buffs will find difficult to defend or endure.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dark Skies

An average horror movie that manages to build an effective mystery and 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. Still, the end is satisfying.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Genuinely creepy at the end, though starts out quite lame and even dull.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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").

Mark Beckford
Mark Beckford

Super Reviewer

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