Dark Skies

2013

Dark Skies

Critics 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.

41%

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Total Count: 92

49%

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User Ratings: 29,151
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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

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Cast

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
Trevor St. John
as Alex Holcombe
Andy Umberger
as Doctor Jonathan Kooper
Michael Patrick McGill
as Ratner's Father
Josh Wingate
as Gun Salesman
Scott Anthony
as Porn Star
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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (54)

  • Alien abductions are a truly terrifying idea, and building an alien abduction movie on the template of "Poltergeist" is a great idea. But "Poltergeist" had one thing "Dark Skies" is sorely in need of: follow-through.

    Dec 4, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Drew Taylor

    indieWire
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  • Zero points for originality, but interestingly messy at the same time.

    Apr 4, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • An old-fashioned scary movie; a sci-fi horror that is a workmanlike piece of film-making, with some effective shocks, cheerfully borrowing from other sources, most obviously Spielberg.

    Apr 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Time and again, Stewart squanders the opportunity to do anything remotely interesting or worthwhile ...

    Apr 4, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • There's little to fear from this rather tame genre outing.

    Feb 25, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark Skies

  • Oct 10, 2016
    Creepy! Better than expected. The twist at the end was expected.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2016
    Probably shouldn't have been titled Dark Skies. Tries to sell you on the Paranormal Activity ghost/demon concept, but you are already certain of what the negative force is because of the name, so the twist is a zero sum.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2014
    Genuinely creepy at the end, though starts out quite lame and even dull.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2014
    This movies goes into the "I was pleasantly surprised" category for those movies that are better-than-you-expected. The trailer was a yawner and the apparent premise initially screamed "overdone!" (Family is creeped out by a a bunch of weird, unexplainable things happening in their suburban home.) While this movie is not original in any way 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 B Super Reviewer

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